WordPress is a popular content management system and blogging platform used by millions of people around the world. It allows users to create and manage websites with ease, and is highly customizable with a wide array of themes and plugins available.
If you are a beginner, the process of installing and setting up WordPress can be overwhelming. However, by following a few easy steps, you can have WordPress up and running on your Xampp server in no time.
Step 1: Download and Install Xampp
Xampp is a free and open-source web server solution that includes Apache, MySQL, PHP, and Perl. It is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems. You can download Xampp from the official website and follow the installation instructions.
Step 2: Start Xampp and Launch phpMyAdmin
Once you have installed Xampp, start the program and launch phpMyAdmin. This is a web-based application used to manage MySQL databases. From the Xampp control panel, click on the ‘Start’ button next to Apache and MySQL. Then click on the ‘Admin’ button next to MySQL to launch phpMyAdmin.
Step 3: Create a database for WordPress
In phpMyAdmin, click on ‘Databases’ in the top menu bar. Enter a name for your WordPress database and click on the ‘Create’ button.
Step 4: Download and Install WordPress
Download the latest version of WordPress from the official website and extract the files to your Xampp htdocs folder (C:\xampp\htdocs). Rename the extracted folder to something easy to remember, like ‘mywebsite’.
Step 5: Configure WordPress
Open a web browser and enter ‘localhost/mywebsite’ in the address bar. This will launch the WordPress installation wizard. Choose your language and click on the ‘Continue’ button.
Enter your database name (the one you created in step 3), database username (root), and database password (leave this field blank). Click on the ‘Submit’ button to continue.
Enter your website name, admin username and password, and email address. Click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button to continue.
Step 6: Login to WordPress
Once the installation is complete, click on the ‘Log-in’ button to enter the WordPress administrator dashboard. Here you can configure your website and start creating content.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress on Xampp. By following these easy steps, even a beginner can have a fully functional website up and running in no time.