This is the first chapter of the Complete WordPress Theme Guide
series. In this chapter, you will learn how to install WordPress on a local computer. By doing so, it will save you time from updating and previewing files (so, you don't have to frequently upload files on every change). You can also use the local version to test new plugins, themes, and upgrades. This tutorial is intended for beginners who want to learn how to run WordPress locally.Quick Summary
If you have some technical background, you can skip the detailed steps in this tutorial. Here are the simplified steps on how to install WordPress on a local computer:Let's Begin...
Before you start, let's look at the requirements to run WordPress:
1.Install a Local Server
- PHP 4.3+
- MySQL 4+ Database Server
In order to run any PHP/database application on a local computer, you need a local host (ie. Apache + MySQL). For Mac, use http://www.mamp.info
. For PC, use http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
or http://www.wampserver.com/en/2.Create a New Database
After you've installed Wamp or Xampp, run it and it should take you to the start page. Now click on phpMyAdmin. In the phpMyAdmin page, create a new database (eg. wordpress).3.Download WordPress
Go to wordpress.org and download the latest build of WordPress. Go to the www folder (where you installed the WAMP), extract the wordpress.zip to a new folder (eg. mysite).4.Run install.php
With your browser, go to http://localhost/mysite/wp-admin/install.php
and follow the instructions to install WordPress.