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    Apr 2008

    Setup Wordpress Locally on Windows XP

    WordPress is well known for its ease of installation. Under most circumstances installing WordPress is a very simple process and takes less than five minutes to complete. Many web hosts now offer tools (e.g. Fantastico) to automatically install WordPress for you. However, if you wish to install WordPress yourself, the following guide will help

    This tutorial is about Installing a CMS locally on Windows XP. The process is same for many of the CMS. Therefore, I have decided to teach you on how to install WordPress. This will particularly come in handy while design and testing themes for your blogs.

    Here is how its done:-

    1. Grab XAMP Lite (for Windows) and Install it in “C:\” Drive

    2. Browse and goto C:\xampplite double click setup_xampp or setup_xampp.bat

    3. Once done, double click xampp-control.exe and click on start the Apache and MySQL services.

    4. Now open your browser (may it be Firefox, I.E, Safari, Opera or any other) and enter this address in the address bar: http://localhost/. From the menu on the left column, choose your preferred language. Although english is set by default if the language on your system is in English language.

    5. Now that the interface displays a language that you can understand, click on phpMyAdmin (on the left column once again)

    6. Enter “wordpress” (without quotes) in the “Create New Database” Field, and select utf8_unicode_ci in the drop down box in the next field (as shown in the picture below). Click on Create. The Xampp setup is now complete.It is needed by wordpress CMS, for certain other CMS or another wordpress installation, you can name it as you like, simply mention it as it is while in installation process.

    7. Download Wordpress and unzip it under “c:\xampplite\htdocs“.

    8. Now we have a wordpress folder in c:\xampplite\htdocs. Browse and go to the folder, and you will see a file named “wp-config-sample.php“. Open it in your favorite text editor and replace the default values with the ones you see below. Save the file and change the name into “wp-config.php” (without quotes). Note we have removed the “-sample” in the file name.

    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define(’DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’); // The name of the database
    define(’DB_USER’, ‘root’); // Your MySQL username
    define(’DB_PASSWORD’, ”); // …and password (needs to be empty, just for local install)
    define(’DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value.
    9. Open browser and goto http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php .Follow the instructions as illustrated while installation of wordpress. In the end you will be provided with a password. Note it down some where safe; you can later change this password from the settings menu inside Wordpress.

    10. Now in the end if you want to access wordpress locally, active the program i.e. XAMP Lite. Open your browser, type the following: ” http://localhost/wp-admin/index.php”. You will now be inside your wordpress dashboard.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2008

    Re: Setup Wordpress Locally on Windows XP

    Before you begin the install, there are few things you need to have and do.

    You need access to your site and its directory and software to proceed with the installation. These are:

    • An access to your web server (via shell or FTP)
    • A text editor
    • An FTP Client (if you need to install WordPress on a remote server)
    • Your web browser of choice

  3. #3
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    Apr 2008

    Re: Setup Wordpress Locally on Windows XP

    CMS need a webserver MySQL or PHP to run, locally this function is done by XAMP Lite. Xamp is a local server easy to setup, easy to run, easy to tweak. It is so easy that you will install you own wordpress or CMS locally with in 10 minutes!

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