How-To Install WordPress On WIndows Using Xampp or Wamp

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How-To Install WordPress On WIndows Using Xampp or Wamp

WordPress is known as the most popular website builder in the world. It powers over 33% of all websites on the internet. The main reason for that is because WordPress is easy to install which makes it easy for anyone to create a website.

All best WordPress web hosting companies allow you to install WordPress with just few clicks. In most circumstances, installing WordPress is a simple process that takes less than five minutes to complete.

In this tutorial, our goal is to offer a complete WordPress installation tutorial for beginners and advanced users alike.


You can download XAMPP right from Apache Friends’ homepage. Click the XAMPP for Windows option and save the installer to your computer.


In your XAMPP Control Panel, you need to start two modules: Apache and MySQL. Click the Start buttons next to the modules’ names and wait until XAMPP notifies you that they are properly runnin


Go to the Download page at and download WordPress. Ideally, you should download the freshest WordPress release. However, if your production site uses an older WordPress version, you can also download the same release you use online.

Many plugins and themes behave differently on different WordPress versions, so you should aim to make your local environment as similar to your production environment as possible. You can find older WordPress versions on the Releases page.

Extract and Save your local WordPress install to the /xampp/htdocs folder on your computer. If you have installed XAMPP without modifying the settings you can find the /xampp folder on your main hard drive (usually C:/xampp).

Now, when you navigate to the localhost/wordpress page in your browser, you should see the following WordPress installation screen:




Before you run the WordPress installer, you need to create a database for your WordPress site using the phpMyAdmin database management software. As you have installed it together with XAMPP, you can find it by typing localhost/phpMyAdmin into the address bar of your browser.​

When your new database is done, it will appear in the left sidebar of phpMyAdmin. Your database will be empty at the moment. It will be populated with data by the WordPress installer in the next step.


If you want to use a more secure table prefix you can change the default wp_ prefix. You can also opt for the same table prefix you use on your production site.



You can find your local site at the localhost/wordpress URL and the admin area at localhost/wordpress/wp-admin. Whenever you want to use your local WordPress environment, you need to start XAMPP and access your site at this URL.

To test the site, log in with the username and password you chose during the installation process. You can also check your database in phpMyAdmin. Now, the database you’ve created is populated with WordPress-related tables.

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