Wordpress: The Beginning
Setting up Wordpress locally with Xampp
Building websites have become so much easier recently that a novice can have one set up and running in less than 2 hours. This article is all about Wordpress and how to set it up locally on your PC. The requirements to start this process are a Laptop and internet connection.
What is Wordpress?##
Wordpress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) with a MySQL database that stores content and enables a user to create and publish webpages. Wordpress allows its users to do so much in the creation of a webpage, from downloading themes, editing the pages to personalize it and make it suit the purpose of your site to hosting the website online and managing it. When Wordpress is used, nothing is required beyond a domain and a hosting service. This makes it easier for anyone to have their website running without any prior knowledge on building or hosting a website. There are two different methods in using Wordpress, one is going through a hosting provider while the latter is downloading it on your PC and installing it yourself. While both methods are good and yield same results, I prefer the latter since I am tech-savvy. P.S- I think it gives you the whole Wordpress Experience.
What is Xampp?##
Xampp is a free and open-source cross-platform web server solution stack package developed by Apache Friends, consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MariaDB database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages. XAMPP's ease of deployment means that common add-in applications such as WordPress and Joomla! can also be installed with similar ease.
Steps to setting up Wordpress with Xampp
Step 1: Download Xampp.
Step 2: Install Xampp on your PC. This is fairly easy as there are no extra configurations. Just make sure to read through it then click Yes or Next. P.S- You do not need to read the terms and agreement.
Step 3: Download Wordpress. It should be noted that the downloaded folder comes in a compressed format, hence it needs to be extracted. Take note of the location of the extracted folder.
Step 4: Locate the path to the installed Xampp application. This is usually in the This PC folder unless another folder was selected during the installation process.
Step 5: Open it and locate a folder called htdocs.
Step 6: Create a new folder in the htdocs folder. The name of the new folder should be the name you want as your website or blog name. The name of my website is gistshop.
Step 7: Open the extracted copy of your Wordpress folder, copy everything, paste it in the newly created folder in htdocs.
Step 8: Open Xampp control panel. It should look like this.
Step 9: Start Apache and MySQL.
Step 10: When they start running as can be seen from the image above, go to your default browser and localhost/nameoffolderinhtdocs in the tab. It should look like this.
Step 11: Click Admin on MySQL in the Xampp control panel. When Admin is clicked, it redirects to your PC's default browser. This is what it looks like
Step 12: Create a new Database. Do not be bothered when redirects a another page to create a table. It's not compulsory. Make sure to take note of the Database name. It would be needed during the Wordpress setup.
Step 13: Click Let's go. You should see this. . Fill in every detail, leave the password tab empty. Click Run the installation.
Step 14: Choose a site title and fill in every other detail. Click Install wordpress.
Step 15: After installation, log in to your Wordpress dashboard.
Step 16: Your Wordpress local site is running and your Dashboard should look like this.
Conclusion As can seen, installing Wordpress locally is fairly easy and can be done in minutes. If you found this article useful, check out my next article to be published next week on using themes and plugins in Wordpress.