How to Install WordPress on Windows with WAMP

Posted OnDec 2, 2013     CategoryInstalling WordPress     CommentsNo comment

In this tutorial we’ll be showing you how to install WordPress on Windows with WAMP. WAMP stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP, with more specifically the AMP section being what we need to run WordPress.

Step 1) Confirm you have the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable package installed as without this WAMP will not work. You can download these from Microsoft directly

Step 2) Download and install WAMP. During the install you will be prompted to choose your default browser for WAMP and can browse to yours through the standard Windows Explorer interface, if you do not specify one, it will use Internet Explorer.

You will also be prompted by the Windows Firewall if you would like to allow access to Apache, naturally you must do this.

Step 3) Open WAMP if you have not done so already, when it’s running, the WAMP icon in the task bar will be green.

Step 4) Open your browser and head to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ and log in to phpMyAdmin with the username ‘root’ and no password(these are the WAMP defaults).

Step 5) Create a new database by clicking Databases in the top menu, then choosing a name for your DB, then clicking Create.

wampress db

Step 6) Download WordPress and move the zip file into C:\wamp\www

wamp wordpress directory
Step 7) Extract WordPress here, by default it’ll be in a folder named ‘wordpress’ but you can rename it to whatever you like, for this I’m going to call my folder ‘wp’.

Step 8) Open your browser and head to http://localhost/wp and you’ll receive a message saying there’s no wp-config.php, with the only option here to click create configuration file. Naturally, click that!

create a configuration file wamp

We’ll see a quick message notifying us that we need database particulars, click ‘Let’s Go!’

wamp database info
Step 9) Fill out the Database details and click “Submit,” then finally, “Run the Install”

Step 10) Complete the site title and administrator account name and password, and complete the install.

wordpress install database credentials

Once the installation is complete, we’ll see a success message and be prompted to log in!

Finally, you can visit http://localhost/wp to make sure your installation is up and running!


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