In this detailed tutorial, we will teach you step-by-step on how to install WordPress locally using XAMPP. This article covers the three most popular operating systems: Windows, Linux, and macOS.
Launching your own website requires lots of work and testing. It is always advised by designers and developers to deploy their websites locally before transferring it to their server. By doing so, it speeds up their testing sessions on plugins and themes. Installing WordPress locally is very easy especially when you learn the useful tips that are mentioned in this guide.
In this complete guide, we will learn step-by-step how to install WordPress locally using XAMPP. Please note though that a local installation is not available online and can not be shared outside your local installation. To launch your website, you need to register a domain name and choose a web hosting provider. Up here at Labinator, we recommend FastComet. You can check the tools section of our website to learn more about our recommendations and why we chose FastComet to be our chosen hosting provider.
A local web server is a server running locally on a computer. Through a local server, you can conduct unlimited tests on a website before it goes live or gets deployed on a live production server.
XAMPP, WAMP, MAMP, and LAMP are well-known stacks that work well with PHP-based content management systems like WordPress. Please note their differences below:
To begin your quest, visit the official ApacheFriends.org website to download the latest version of XAMPP. Choose your right operating system from the list then click download.
Start by going to ApacheFriends.org official website to download the latest version of XAMPP for Linux.
Similar to other operating systems, you have to download the right installation file from the official ApacheFriends.org website. Choose your preferred version and download it to your machine.
Step 1 - Find the XAMPP folder on your Dashboard and open it.
Step 2 - The application manager will ask for your password. Enter the password and proceed.
Step 3 - Look for "Manage Servers" and view its options.
Step 4 - Press the "Start All" button. An alert window may popup asking for a permission for connectivity. Click "Allow" to proceed.
Step 5 - Once everything is running, open your browser and type in the address bar the following: Localhost/dashboard
> If everything is working well, you should be able to see the page loading properly with all the information about XAMPP.
Step 1 - Visit the WordPress.org website and download the latest version of WordPress.
Alternative Method: There is also a Bitnami WordPress Stack for installing WordPress on all operating systems.
Step 2 - Go to the XAMPP file location where you installed it. Access the htdocs then create a new folder. On some systems, you need root permission to create folders. The folder name will serve as the name of your local site. For example if the name is "mysite", then the local address for accessing it will be: localhost/mysite
Step 3 - Extract the WordPress (.zip) file inside the newly created folder inside htdocs.
Step 4 - Finally, open your web browser and enter the URL (which is localhost/mysite in our example above) to load the WordPress installer. Follow the on-screen instructions and your WordPress installation should be ready in few minutes.
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Last but not least, you might also be interested to check our complete guide for increasing your WordPress memory and system limits. You can view it by clicking here. This will be beneficial in both local and live WordPress installations.
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