How to Install WordPress on Localhost
Installing WordPress on your localhost can be a great way to test themes, plugins, and customizations before making them live on your website. In this article, we will guide you through the steps on how to install WordPress on your local host.
- A local server environment such as WAMP, MAMP or XAMPP
- A web browser
- A text editor
- The latest version of WordPress
Download and Install a Local Server Environment
The first step is to download and install a local server environment like WAMP, MAMP or XAMPP. These local server environments provide a complete web server environment for running PHP and MySQL on your computer.
Next, download the latest version of WordPress from the official WordPress website. Once downloaded, extract the files to a folder on your computer.
Create a Database
To create a database, go to your local server environment and open phpMyAdmin. Click on the “Databases” tab, and then enter a name for your database in the “Create Database” field. Click “Create” to create your new database.
Configure wp-config.php File
Locate the wp-config-sample.php file in the root directory of the WordPress files you downloaded. Rename this file to wp-config.php.
Open the file in a text editor and enter the database name, username, and password that you created earlier in the appropriate fields.
Save the file and close it.
Move WordPress Files to the Local Server
Move the entire WordPress folder that you extracted earlier to the root directory of your local server. This is typically the “htdocs” folder in your local server environment.
Install WordPress: Open your web browser and enter “localhost/wordpress” (or whatever directory name you gave to your WordPress folder) in the address bar.
You should now see the WordPress installation page. Choose your preferred language, and then click “Continue”.
Enter Your Site Information
On the next screen, enter your site title, username, and password. Make sure to choose a strong password. Then click “Install WordPress”.
Access Your WordPress Dashboard
Once the installation is complete, you will be redirected to the WordPress login page. Enter your username and password, and then click “Log In”.
You can now access your WordPress dashboard and begin customizing your website.
Installing WordPress on your local host is a great way to test changes and new features before making them live on your website. With these steps, you can easily install WordPress on your local host and start creating a customized website. Remember to always keep your local environment and WordPress files up-to-date to ensure that your website remains secure.