Want to test a new theme or perhaps a plugin? Testing out everything on a live site is not a good practice as your visitors might often get disturbed during your testing process. That’s why, it makes sense to install WordPress on your Windows PC locally so that you can do your testing or development work without disturbing anyone.
XAMPP and WAMP are two of the most popular applications for installing WordPress on a Windows PC, but the issue with both these apps is that they require a fair bit of configuring and creation of MySQL database. Wouldn’t it be great if there’s an easy way to do this without having to delve with the lengthy configuration and database creation task?
Enter AMPPS, a program from the makers of Softaculous that offers Apache, Mysql, MongoDB, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer on a desktop. Don’t worry, we don’t need to learn what’s exactly all this – let’s get started with the tutorial.
Installing WordPress on Windows 8
Step 1: Download and install AMPSS on your Windows 8. The installation procedure is just like any other program that we regularly install on a Windows system. You might like to change the installation location, but there’s no problem with the default location too.
Step 2: Once installed, you’ll be able to see the Softaculous AMPPS window, with Apache and MySQL already running. There’s an option for stopping and restarting these services. You’ll also be able to see the AMPPS icon on the system tray. Right-click on it and then click on AMPPS Home.
Step 3: This will launch the AMPPS home page (with the URL: http://localhost/ampps/). Does this remind you of something? The interface is similar to Softaculous – an offering on cPanel that allows you to install various scripts/web apps in one-click.
Step 4: From the left side, you’ll find the categories of scripts. Click on Blog and then on WordPress.
Step 5: The script detail page will appear which will show you the version of WordPress that will be installed, along with other details like ratings, reviews, demo and more. Click on the blue “Install” button from this page.
Step 6: Now it’s time to fill out all the installation details. Since we’re installing on localhost, the default domain will be 127.0.0.1 and cannot be changed, but you do have option to configure other things like directory, database name, table prefix, site name and site description. If you’re creating a WordPress Multisite on local installation then checkmark on “Enable Multisite”, else leave it unchecked.
Also fill out your desired username, password, email address and language for your WordPress installation. If you checkmark on “Limit Login Attempts” then the plugin will be installed and activated, which we really don’t require at this time since we’re installing WordPress locally on Windows. Finally, click on the “Install” button.
Now sit back and relax for sometime and allow AMPPS to download the package and install it.
Once installed, you’ll be able to see a message that says that your software is successfully installed. You’ll also get a URL where WordPress is installed, along with its admin URL.
That’s it. Head over to this URL and login with the details that you’ve provided during the installation. Congratulations, you’ve just installed WordPress on your local Windows 8 computer.
Just in case if you’re wondering the exact path of the installation, then your WordPress is installed at: C:\Program Files (x86)\Ampps\www
Note: AMPPS is available not only for Windows 8, but you can run it on Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows XP SP3+, Windows Server 2003 and Mac OS X also.
The installation process with AMPPS is fairly simple since we don’t have to deal with any tough part. We don’t even need to create a database! If you have any questions then let us know in the comments section below. You can also follow us on Twitter.
You might also like to check out our guide on MySQL for WordPress Beginners.