Get Perplexed and Bursted with WordPress in XAMPP
WordPress is one of the most commonly used content management systems (CMS) worldwide. It has friendly user interface, plugins, and themes that allow users to create websites easily. XAMPP, on the other hand, is a software package used to create a local development environment for testing and developing web applications. It comes with Apache, PHP, MySQL, and Perl installed, all of which are required to run WordPress.
Get Started with Installing WordPress in XAMPP
Before getting started, make sure you have XAMPP installed on your computer. If not, you can download the latest version of XAMPP from the Apache Friends website.
- Download WordPress from WordPress.org and extract the files to the htdocs folder located in the XAMPP installation directory. You can find the htdocs folder by going to the XAMPP control panel and clicking on the ‘Explore’ button.
- Create a new MySQL database for WordPress by navigating to http://localhost/phpmyadmin/. Then click on ‘New’ to create a new database and enter a name for your database. We recommend using a name that is easy to remember and different from other databases you may have created.
- Create a user with permissions to access the database by clicking on the ‘Privileges’ tab and then clicking on ‘Add user account’. Enter a username and password for the user, and then select the database that you just created. Give the user all privileges and click the ‘Go’ button to save the changes.
- Open your web browser and go to http://localhost/wordpress/. Select your preferred language and click on the ‘Continue’ button. On the next screen, enter the database name, username, and password you created earlier, and click on the ‘Submit’ button to continue. After filling in all the details, click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button.
- Enter your site title, username, password, and email address. You can also choose whether you want the search engines to index your site or not. Once you have filled in all the details, click on the ‘Install WordPress’ button.
- After the installation process is complete, you will be redirected to the WordPress login page. Enter your login credentials to access the WordPress dashboard.
Configure WordPress in XAMPP
Now that you have installed WordPress in XAMPP, it’s time to configure it. Here are some essential settings that you need to configure in WordPress to ensure that it runs smoothly in XAMPP.
- Change the site URL by going to the WordPress dashboard and clicking on ‘Settings’ > ‘General’. Change the WordPress Address (URL) and the Site Address (URL) to http://localhost/your-site-name/ and click on the ‘Save Changes’ button.
- Enable permalinks by going to the WordPress dashboard and clicking on ‘Settings’ > ‘Permalinks’. Select ‘Post name’ or any other option from the available choices, and then click on ‘Save Changes’ to update the permalink settings.
- Configure PHP settings by opening the PHP.ini file located in the XAMPP installation directory and making changes to the following settings:
- memory_limit = 128M
- post_max_size = 64M
- upload_max_filesize = 32M
- max_execution_time = 300
In this post, we have discussed how to use WordPress in XAMPP. We have provided step-by-step instructions for installing and configuring WordPress in XAMPP on Windows, Mac, and Linux. By following these instructions, you can easily create a local development environment and start building your WordPress site without any issues. Remember to regularly update your XAMPP and WordPress installations to ensure proper security and functionality. We hope this post has been helpful!