When creating a website using common programming languages such as PHP, JPS, Servlet, a convenient development tool users can use is the XAMPP. XAMMP stands for X (cross mark), Apache HTTP Server, MySQL, PHP, Perl. It is an open source cross-platform web server solution stack package that aims to provide convenience for those who are working on web development projects even without the access of the Internet. It is simply a 5in1 computer software solution. Whether you are using Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, or Mac OS X operating system, XAMPP will work under the terms of the GNU General Public License.
For amateur website developers, especially those who are exploring different publishing platforms for the purpose of blogging, the XAMPP is the development tool to utilize. It’s free to download and easy to install. Today, I’ll share with the step-by-step easy to follow instructions and tips on how to install WordPress on XAMPP with Windows. I choose WordPress as a publishing platform example and Windows for the operating system because these two are commonly by many nowadays.
So, let us begin with the first step. Download XAMPP on your local Windows-PC install. You may either choose to download from SourceForge.net or apachefriends.org. Both are highly recommended open-source software development websites. Tip: download the latest version that is executable for Windows. In Apache, the latest version is XAMPP 1.7.7 that includes Apache 2.2.21, MySQL 5.5.16, PHP 5.3.8, phpMyAdmin 3.4., FileZilla FTP Server 0.9.39, and Tomcat 7.0.21 (with mod_proxy_ajp as connector). The easiest way to install the program is to directly download the installer. The XAMPP 1.7.7 installer has a 81 MB file size.
The second step is to click on the installer after download and choose the installation location folder. After choosing, click Next and tick on Create a XAMPP desktop icon or on the start menu. The XAMPP Control Panel Application will be prompted on your screen after the installation so just click on Start on all services. Tip: In case Windows firewall asks for Apache HTTP server access, click on Allow Access.
The third is to set up your MySql Database by clicking on Admin in the XAMPP control panel. Configure the database name then set up to utf8_unicode_ci. Click Create.
Now, you’re ready to download and unzip your preferred version of WordPress.
The fourth step is to unzip the WordPress folder in the Xampp folder and navigate to xampp>htdocs. Configure your WordPress and update your MySQL settings. aLways remember to update the name of your WordPress database with your MySQL database name to link the two together.
Next, save the file in your WordPress root folder as wp-config.php (file name is wp-config while save as type is PHP).
The last step is to navigate to http://localhost/(enter your database name).