How to Setup a Local WordPress Site on your PC

 

Have you always wanted to start a blog or website using WordPress but you’re on low budget, want to have a taste of it before going live? Excellent, Do you know you can start a WordPress site locally from your own PC? Yes, you can and moreover, you will also have an in-depth knowledge of what you’re doing before going live. In this article, I will show you how you can start/install a WordPress site locally on your PC using any Apache web server. But before then, I will love to share some simple and effective web server to use whenever you want to try this:

1. XAMPP
XAMPP is for X-OS, Apache, MySql, PHP, Perl. XAMPP is a completely free, easy to install Apache distribution containing MariaDB, PHP, and Perl. The XAMPP open source package has been set up to be incredibly easy to install and to use.

2. LAMP

3. WAMP

4. Laragon

Laragon has an isolated environment with OS and offers everything you need to build modern web apps. It is portable and very flexible. You can move Laragon folder around (to another disk, to another laptop, sync to Cloud,…) and Laragon’s magics are with you.

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Working Laragon will be a pleasure, as Apache + Nginx are fully-managed.

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To start a Local WordPress site, since all the above web servers has Apache present (The Apache HTTP Server Project is an effort to develop and maintain an open-source HTTP server for modern operating systems including UNIX and Windows.), I’ll drop the step by steps process based on Apache and following the steps carefully will result in the same just like mine:

STEP 1: Download any of the above web servers or you can stick to anyone you are used to. Now, the next step is to start our Apache and MySQL.

STEP 2: Download WordPress from it’s official source by clicking HERE and finally click the download button.

STEP 3: Unzip the downloaded WordPress zip file and move to your server folder. In my own case, I will move move (extract) to ‘var/www/html’ while Laragon users move theirs to “laragon/www, XAMMP “Program Files/XAMPP/htdocs’ If you have trouble locating it, do drop a comment below and I’ll reply ASAP.

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STEP 4: You need to create a new database user and table. This is where WordPress future configuration on your site will be saved and without this database you can’t even be able install the WordPress.

Go to your MySql page usually ‘localhost/phpMyAdmin‘ then login and create a database table. You must take note of all infos you provide here as we will be using it in the next step.

STEP 5: After creating it, it’s now time we install WordPress. Now, go to ‘localhost/wordpress‘ or ‘localhost/{extracted folder name}‘, then follow the below processes:

Were you able to create set up your WordPress blog locally after reading this tutorial? If yes, share it with one of your friends who needs this most and If no, please drop your questions below. Care to share something with others using the comment box?

 

This post was last modified on May 23, 2017
Iyanu Victor (BobodY) is a Student by appearance, Technology lover by heart and a Blogger by mind. He started blogging in 2015 and he has been surviving with your help. Thanks

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