My goal is to install WordPress on my “local” computer for a project that will take some time to complete. To complete this task, I need to install WAMP on my computer.
WAMP is package of Apache, which is a web server PHP which is a server-side scripting language and MySQL which is open-source relational database. You can do this by downloading and install the package known as WampServer which is referred to as software stack or package.
Before you download and install this stack I wanted to encourage you to read this article first before you start. This will give you a good understand of the steps you are going to take. Be prepared to complete this task at one time so you do not miss any steps.
To download WampServer go to www. wampserver.com and download the correct package for your system. If you have 32-bit system you will need to download the WampServer 32 bit (x86) or if you are running a 64-bit system you will need to download the WampServer 64 bit (x64).
What I did was create three steps for completing this project.
Step 1 Install WAMP stack
Step 2 Setup test database for MySQL
Step 3 Install WordPress
At the time of this writing I downloaded and install the 64-bit version 3.1.0
Go ahead and download the package for your system and run the exe.
Remember me saying to read this document first? The above was a surprise during install, read this information and make sure the following is completed first before going any further with the install of WAMP.
Make sure the following Microsoft Visual C++ is install for your system. Remember that x86 is 32-bit and X64 is 64-bit system. Note the information about closing Skype and to disable IIS server if installed on your system. For Skype you may running into an issue with Skype using port 80 and need to disable that setting within Skype. In my case I do not run Skype nor IIS server.
You do not need to change the destination! Select NEXT
Leave start menu as is and select NEXT.
At this point you are ready to install WAMP select Install!
Decision time, do you want to use iExplore as your browser or another browser? I am a big fan of Chrome, so I selected NO so I can select the path to Chrome. Interesting but no surprise to me that it ignored my selection. If you select Yes, you will be taken to the next window. If you selected NO, then you will need to browser, starting at C: to the path for Chrome or Firefox.
Another decision to make. By default, WampServer wants to use notepad as text editor. In my case I am good with using notepad, but I have and use Notepad ++ as my test editor, so I selected NO. You will be asked to select the correct path to the text editor. In my case it was C:\Program Files (x86)\Notepad++.
Next step is to launch phpMyAdmin which is a free open-source admin tool used with MySQL. Select next at this point. In the next window select Finish.
Message that reads you completed the setup wizard of Wampserver64 will appear.
In order to see that you were successful in installing WAMP you need to select the Wampserver icon that now appears on your desktop. Once the server is started this menu will appear on the task bar in the lower right corner as shown. Be sure to select the up arrow and select the green icon. Also notice that you can start, stop and retart the server from this menu. Green icon indicates started, red icon indicates off or stopped and yellow icon indicates issue or restarting, Testing each at this point is good indicates server is working properly.
What is the next step? The next step is to bring up phpMyAdmin to create test database. After that is completed we will need to download and install WordPress.