How to Install WordPress on Localhost
It’s no doubt that WordPress is the most popular CMS that powers up more than 40% of all the websites on the internet. In case you don’t have the virtual domain and hosting, then you can switch to Localhost.
As a beginner, learning how to install WordPress on localhost is challenging though there are a number of ways out there you can try to get your job done. In this article, we will walk you through the ways that create room for you to go smoothly. So, Without any more fusses and features, let’s jump right straight into the juicy part.
Before Moving Further Let Me Introduce You to Localhost In case You didn’t Know
Localhost is much like a paid hosting plan which hosts WordPress. The difference between Localhost and hosting service is that hosting is the Virtual hosting service while in Localhost, the storage is the local PC. To use the storage of the local PC, you need to use third-party software. And this software creates a Localhost atmosphere to install WordPress with the utmost possible ease.
You can, for example, install XAMPP on your PC which will make a similar room to virtual hosting. You can then install WordPress in the same way as installing the virtual hosting and premium domain.
What is XAMPP?
XAMPP is an abbreviation. Each of its letters stands for different words. Such as, X stands for Cross-Platform, A stands for Apache, M stands for MYSQL, and the P stands for PHP and P stands for Perl. It is one of the widely used cross-platform web servers that allows you to create a local webserver. The XAMPP is developed by Apache Friends and is an open-source package that is incredibly easy to use for all walks of the user.
How to Install WordPress on Localhost For Windows in Simple 5 Steps
The installation process is easier than you ever think. You need to just pay your full concentration on the task. Let’s set the ball rolling on.
Step 1. Install XAMPP on Your Computer
Download XAMPP from Apache Friends (a non-profit project to promote the Apache web server and home to the XAMPP project). Run the downloaded executable file and follow the instruction it says.
XAMPP will be installed immediately. Once you are done with the XAMPP installation you need to run XAMPP and start Apache and MySQL ports as WordPress requires both of them.
Step-2. Create a Database
After starting Apache and MySQL port, go to localhost/PHPMyAdmin to create a database. Click “New” on the left. Give your database a name then hit the create button. Once your database is created, you have nothing else to do here.
Step-3. Download WordPress
Download WordPress from the official WordPress website. Once downloaded, unpack the zipped file. You can rename it with whatever you like or keep it as WordPress.
Step-4. Install & configure WordPress
Now, go to XAMPP’s directory and find “htdocs” folder. Paste unzipped WordPress file there. It’s time to configure WordPress.
Go to your browser and type localhost/WordPress (can be different if you have renamed the unzipped file). Now select a language and click “Continue”.
The following page reminds you of some information you will need later. Click “Let’s go!” at the bottom.
Now place your database name here. Give “root” as the Username and leave the Password blank. Click the “Submit” button at the bottom.
Now click “Run the installation ” on the next page.
Step-5. Give admin information to complete the installation
Now you are on the verge of completing WordPress installation on your local computer server. Just fill out the form with all the required information. Click “Install WordPress”.
If you have given all information correctly you are redirected to the installation success page asking you to login with Username and Password.
To Wrap Up
That’s all. We have covered the steps that will show you how to install WordPress on Localhost with extreme ease. Now, it’s your turn to try this at your home. We believe it will work like a magic.
Again, if you have any questions or face any difficulty installing WordPress on your localhost using XAMPP, then please don’t hesitate to drop us a line in the comment section below. We will love to cooperate with you in the best way possible.
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