Step 1: Download and Install XAMPP
Once XAMPP runs on your system, you will have the XAMPP control panel visible on your screen. Click the Start
button beside Apache
The background color of the names should change to light green.
Step 2: Create a Localhost Database
Click on the Admin
option beside MySQL
on the XAMPP control panel. It’ll lead you to the phpMyAdmin databases dashboard.
from the left sidebar and input your precise database name, and select Collation
type. Clicking on the Create
button will create a localhost database.
Step 3: Download the Latest Version of WordPress
Unzip the folder with WordPress files in it. Extract the file, and there will be a folder containing the core WordPress files. Rename the folder as your database name (wpdev
). Use the same name for both database and WordPress folder. It’s required to sync the database and files.
In the XAMPP control panel, navigate to Explorer > htdocs
. Paste the renamed WordPress file (wpdev
) inside the htdocs
Step 4: Install WordPress and Create a Localhost Website
Open your web browser. On the address bar, type localhost/wpdev
, and click to enter. Here wpdev
is the server name.
The WordPress installation panel should appear.
Select your preferred language and click Continue
In the next window, you have to choose the database you want to use with your WordPress localhost website. Fill in the fields like so:
- Database Name: wpdev (the database we created above)
- Username: root
- Password: (keep this field empty)
On the next page, input your Site Title, choose Username, Password and provide an email address. Then click the Install WordPress button. In a few seconds, you will have WordPress installed on your windows locally.