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Do you know that you can install WordPress on your computer for learning purposes and testing?

Yes, It’s true.


Working with WordPress on your computer is a great way to test plugins, do some updates, change site design and other website upgrades before pushing them your live websites.

On these tutorials, I’ll show you how to install WordPress locally using WAMP.


The process of installing WAMP on your computer is also known as setting up a local server environment (“localhost”). Most of theme designers and plugin developers install WordPress on their local server environment to speed up their own development phase.

It’s a good idea to use WordPress on a local computer, in order, to test any major/minor changes to your site. This way, you can immediately fix any issues before it reaches to your live website.


Note:
If you install WordPress locally on your computer, then, it’s only viewable within your local network (inside your house). If you want to create a WordPress blog that is publicly available over the internet, then you need to have a domain name and web hosting. I’ll recommend that you follow this guide on how to install WordPress.

Are you ready? Shall we.

 

What is WAMP?

WAMP stands for W for Windows, A for Apache, M for MySQL and P for PHP. WampServer is one of the software for Windows computers to be a local server environment. You will need WAMP to be able to start and use WordPress on Windows environment. There are other clients for Windows such as XAMPP, but on this tutorial, we’ll use WAMPServer. It is free and easy to use.


First, Installation of Wamp Server on your PC

Visit my previous tutorial on how to install WAMP on your computer.

Once you are done with the installation, launch WampServer.


2. Set a Database for WordPress

Next, we’ll need to create a blank MySQL database for WordPress. WampServer comes with phpMyAdmin, a web-based application to manage MySQL databases. Click on the Wampserver icon in the Windows taskbar and then click on phpMyAdmin.  

The phpMyAdmin login screen will open in a new browser window. By default, the Username will be root, and you can leave the password field blank.  

Once you’re logged in, click on Databases in PHPMyAdmin to create a new database for WordPress. You will be asked to choose a name for your database (we used “Jan-test”). After that click on the Create button.



3. Installation Process for WordPress

Now, we’re going to install WordPress. You will need to download a copy of WordPress from WordPress.org. After downloading the zip file, you have to open and extract it from the downloaded folder.
After that, you need to navigate the folder where you installed WAMP. On this tutorial, we installed it at E:wamp64, so we’ll refer to that folder going forward. Keep in mind, it may be different on where you installed the program. Paste the WordPress folder into the DRIVE-LOCATION:wamp64www folder.
You can rename the WordPress folder to anything you want, we manage to set as under DRIVE-LOCATION:/wamp64/www/WordPress/January/test. This will be the URL of your local WordPress site, so be sure to choose something you’ll remember easily. For the sake of this tutorial, we renamed our WordPress directory to /WordPress/January/test. Now open your web browser and go to //localhost/WordPress/January/test
The WordPress database setup will start automatically. First, it will ask you to select your language.
After that, it will show you some information about setting up your database. Just click the Let’s Go button when you’re ready.
On the next screen, you’ll need to provide your database information. The database name will be the one we made earlier, on this tutorial. In our case, we named it “Jan-test. Your default database username will be root and you can leave the password blank. Just let the table prefix, as it is.
Next, click on the submit button and WordPress will automatically create a configuration file on the designated WordPress folder you’ve made earlier. After this, you will see on your browser informing you that, WordPress has successfully connected to your database, and you can proceed with the installation. Go ahead and click the Run the install button. now you can run the WordPress install on Windows
Next, you can fill out the installation Information form. You will need to set your site title, admin username/password, and admin email address for local website details.

Once you’re ready, press the Install WordPress button. Then, it will redirect to the login information box.
After logging in, it will proceed to your WordPress Dashboard. It means you have successfully installed WordPress on your computer using WampServer.


Congratulations!

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Below are some additional tips and tricks:

1. Troubleshooting Skype Error

If you have already a Skype installed and running on your computer before the WampServer installed, then it may not be able to work properly due to a conflict with Skype. The cause was both Apache and Skype using the same port 80. Here is the simple fix for this. Open Skype and go to Tools » Options. Click on Advanced and then Connections. Uncheck the box that says Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections. Save options and restart Skype.


2. Enabling Permalinks

Permalinks will not work by default on your local server environment. All your URLs will look like localhost/sample_site/?p=18. If you go to Settings » Permalinks and use one of the other options, then it will show you “page not found” errors. We have already written about a solution here that will show you how to enable custom permalinks in WAMP.


3. Migrating from local server to Live server

Here’s a separate guide on how to push WordPress from a local server to a live site. Hopefully, you’ll find it helpful when you are ready to deploy your local site to the production site. Remember, if you want to start a blog for other people to see, then it’s time to get a domain name and hosting provider.



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Technology

The most important tools to WordPress is the Dashboard wherein you can easily and freely manage your site. I always refer to this as Dashboard, some non-technical people call it the “backend”, but the backend to me is the actual site folder and files that are installed on the actual server. In your WordPress Dashboard, you can do a lot of things (which I plan to tackle through our YouTube Channel), but today, I’m going to discuss with you the most basic – WordPress Settings in Dashboard. More often than not, people forget to check this, but there is some very easy customization you can do in this area.




In your Dashboard, under SETTINGS, you should see the following by default: GENERAL, WRITING, READING, DISCUSSION, MEDIA, PERMALINKS, and SHARING (when Jetpack plugin already installed).




GENERAL: In this section, you can complete your site title, tagline, WordPress address (URL), Site Address (URL), email address, Membership, New User Default Role, timezone, date format, time format, the week starts on and Site Language. Here, you can customize your site details like title and tagline but not the WordPress Address URL. The WordPress codex provides details on how to format date and time. Membership option set if you are on a membership site then tick says anyone can register. Do not check this button unless you know specifically what you want a membership for or else anyone can register and login on your WordPress site.




WRITING
: In these settings, you can define the defaults category and format for your posts via email or the post settings itself. I usually set my default post category to anything but “uncategorized” or to the most category I used on my blog. You can also set your default post formats like a gallery, audio, images, video, links, quotes, and others. For most people, the standard is the default. By customizing, to what you do most frequently, you will save yourself time when you write on selecting what format to use or category.




READING: This section will allow you to customize your home page looks like for your visitors to read your site and its blog posts. If you want to have a home page (much like a website), you have to the static page wherein you can select a specific page for your front page and a specific page for your blog posts. You can also set the number of blog posts per page, and how many items will show up on the blog page. You can also set up whether people read the full article or just a summary. My personal preference is for the summaries in the feed. It catches people’s attention what inside the article all about (clickbait) that leads to click through as much as people would think, but I always encourage clients to follow their personal preference.




DISCUSSION
: In this section, you can customize comment moderation, how you’ll be notified on pingbacks and trackbacks of your post and avatar of people who will comment on your site. One of the good benefits of WordPress is that you can monitor your link to your site by using pingbacks and trackbacks. This notification is so useful. It lets me know what other people are reading on my blog and connect with us. This is the section where you can hold a comment moderation, by blacklisting those spammers or automatically approve those clean comments. You can set the avatar or image of the people who comment on your site.




MEDIA
: This section allows you to set the default size for your upload images. Typically, the defaults that have been set are standard, but you can play around with this section if you feel the need.




PERMALINKS
: In this section, offers the custom URL structure for your posts, category and tag base. It’s an SEO best practice to use a permalink structure to easily identify your post title and mark by any search engines. You can select the plain or default WordPress permalink structure or using day and name, month and name, numeric, post name or you can do a custom structure depend on your blog post needed to crawl on any search engines. Same thing with category and tag base. Click on the link for more tips about the Permalinks structure.




SHARING: If you’ve installed and connected your site to Jetpack, you can connect your social media accounts, then when you hit the publish button of every post, it will automatically publish a post detail with the blog post URL link on those respective social media channels. Once activated, a reader can share and like as well your blog post but settings the button style and where those buttons appear on every page or even on every post you make.


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