How to install and use WordPress locally (offline)

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) for easier and faster website development. It’s drag and drop features allows users with no technical knowledge in web development build and deploy stunning websites in no time. It comes with free and commercial themes and plugins which adds more functionality and design to websites. According to http://trends.builtwith.com, WordPress takes about 50% of the CMS market share. This makes WordPress a very good option to consider in web design.

Installing and using WordPress offline saves bunch of time and allows for rapid and robust development. The steps below will take you through the installation process. It is assumed that you have basic knowledge in web stuffs and computing.

REQUIREMENTS

WAMP SERVER (a local APACHE server to host WordPress locally) download from HERE

WORDPRESS, download from HERE

INSTALLING THE WAMP SERVER

  • Double click on the WAMP setup file and follow the installation process till complete

NB: during the installation process, you will be asked to choose preferred browser and text editor. You can click “No” to use the default settings

  • Click on the desktop shortcut to open and start the server

Configuring the WordPress

  • Locate and extract the downloaded WordPress zip file

  • Open the extracted folder and copy the WordPress folder inside it

  • Open Local Disk C
  • Open the wamp folder

  • Open the www folder and paste the WordPress folder there

Creating the database

  • Open your browser
  • Enter this URL a localhost/phpmyadmin and hit Enter

A page will appear asking for login credentials. Enter “root” as the username, leave password blank and click OK

 

The “phpmyadmin” page will open

  • Click on new to create new database

 

  • Enter preferred database name and click create. Database has been successfully created.

Finalizing the installation

  • Open a new tab and enter this URL, localhost/wordpress
  • Click the “Let’s go” button

  • Enter the details of the database you created. Enter the Database name, username which is “root” and leave the password blank. Leave the Host and table prefix as it is

  • Click on Submit. You’ve successfully configured wordpress to access your database
  • Click on “Run” to install
  • Enter your preferred blog details and continue to Login page

  • Enter your login info

Everything is now setup

You can login to the admin dashboard panel anytime to start creating your website using the link  localhost/wordpress/wp-admin

 

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