I have been thinking of blogging about this for a long time now, but it just didn’t happen. It is for my own reference, and I also hope this will help anyone who wants to get their hands dirty and dive a bit deeper into WordPress installation. Working online all the time is wonderful. Being able to work on a website or other projects from anywhere without any dependency on your PC is great. But it is kind of slow at times. Although not a lot, it amounts to a considerable time if each change takes a few additional seconds. I am just more comfortable working on a local installation and prefer to try a few alternatives before presenting anything to the client.

This is not part of the Web Help with WordPress post series. I am still working on the next post and should be done by end of this week. So here it is – how to install WordPress on your Windows OS using Wamp.

Step 1: Create a new database for your web site.

  1. Install WAMP
  2. Open the PhPMyAdmin interface using http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ or phpmyAdmin
  3. Click the Databases tab, and then enter a name for a new database in the ‘Create new database‘ text box. For example, ‘store’.

4. Click ‘Create’. You see the new database created in the list under Databases.

Step 2: Download and unzip the latest version of WordPress from http://wordpress.org/

  1. Download the latest WordPress version.
  2. Browse to your Wamp Web folder. The default location is …\Wamp\WWW\.
  3. Create a new folder for your local web site. Here we will create ‘estore in this example’.
  4. Unzip the contents of the WordPress zip file in this folder.

Step 3: Install WordPress

  1. From the estore folder, open the wp-config-sample.php file.

    WP Configuration

  2. Replace ‘database_name_here’ with the database name you created in Step 1. For this example, it is ‘store’.
  3. Replace ‘username_here’ with ‘root’.
  4. Save and close the file.
  5. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
  6. Open ‘localhost/estore’ in your web browser.

    WordPress installation

  7. Enter all the information such as the title for your web site, username, and password.
  8. Click ‘Install WordPress’.
  9. If everything goes right, you should see this success screen. Click Log In to log on to your website.

WordPress installation complete

Note: Use the random password generated by the WordPress installation and change that using the Profile page when you log on the first time.

9. To access your WordPress website on your computer type ‘localhost/estore/wp-admin’ in the browser.

I am hoping this will be a good source of reference for me and for the readers of this blog. It is much easier to find stuff documented on your own blog than going hunting for it with Google :) . I will soon follow this up with instructions on how to migrate the blog or website from your local computer to your web domain. Do let us know if this was helpful or if something was missing. If you have any questions, or if something is not clear, please leave a comment so that all readers can benefit from it.