Get Ready to Perplex and Burst with WordPress Setup
Unleashing the Mystery behind WordPress
WordPress is an enigmatic open source software platform that offers limitless possibilities in website and blog creation. Drawing millions of users worldwide, it has become a popular content management system (CMS).
Getting WordPress Locally: The Perplexing Task
Setting up WordPress locally is as mystifying as its name. It enables you to test and develop your website without revealing it to the world. You can even work offline without an internet connection. Here’s how to set up WordPress locally:
Step 1: Select a Local Server
The mysticism underlying WordPress setup starts with choosing a local server. There are several local servers in the market for setting up WordPress locally, but we recommend using the XAMPP or MAMP. Both are free and easy to install, and each has its quirks.
- XAMPP is a popular local server for Windows, Mac, and Linux, including PHP, MySQL, and Apache web server.
- MAMP, another popular local server, is for Mac that includes PHP, MySQL, and Apache.
Step 2: Install the Local Server
Be prepared to be baffled! After downloading the local server of your choice, please follow the instructions to install it on your computer. Ensure that you read the instructions carefully!
- For XAMPP, run the .exe file, and follow the installation wizard.
- For MAMP, run the .dmg file, then drag the MAMP folder to your Applications folder.
Step 3: Download WordPress
Hold on tight for this strenuous task! Head to the official WordPress website and download the latest version of WordPress. Ensure that your internet connection is stable so that you don’t get lost in the maze.
Step 4: Extract and Move WordPress Files
Stay alert throughout this phase! Extract the downloaded WordPress file by right-clicking on it and selecting “Extract All.” This will create a folder named “wordpress.”
Move the “wordpress” folder to your local server’s “htdocs” folder.
- For XAMPP, this folder is located in C://xampp/htdocs/.
- For MAMP, this folder is located in /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/.
Step 5: Create a MySQL Database
This phase marks the peak of uncertainty! WordPress requires a MySQL database to store all of its data. To create a MySQL database, open your local server’s control panel.
- For XAMPP, open the XAMPP control panel and click “Admin” next to MySQL. This will open phpMyAdmin, which is a web-based application for managing MySQL databases.
- For MAMP, open the MAMP control panel and click “Open Start Page” or type “localhost:8888/MAMP/” in your web browser. Click “phpMyAdmin” in the top menu.
In phpMyAdmin, click “Databases” and enter a name for your new database. Click “Create.”
Step 6: Configure WordPress
Fasten your seatbelts for this mind-blowing phase! Open your web browser and go to “localhost/wordpress.” This will open the WordPress setup wizard.
Select your language and click “Continue.” On the next page, enter your database name, username, password, and host. For XAMPP, the host is “localhost.” For MAMP, the host is “localhost:8888.”
Click “Submit,” and WordPress will verify your database connection. If successful, click “Run the install.”
On the next page, enter your website title, username, password, and email address. Click “Install WordPress” and wait for WordPress to finish installing.
Step 7: Log in to WordPress
You made it! Once WordPress is installed, you will be redirected to the WordPress login page. Enter your username and password to log in.
Congratulations! The uncertainty and disorientation of setting up WordPress locally are now over. You can now start building your website and testing it without the world watching.