WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems (CMS) in the world, powering over 40% of all websites on the internet. For developers, designers, and bloggers alike, setting up a local WordPress environment is an essential step for testing themes, plugins, or making changes without affecting the live site. This guide will walk you through the process of installing WordPress locally on your computer.


Before we begin, ensure you have the following:

  1. A local server environment: Options include XAMPP, WAMP, or MAMP. These software packages provide the necessary components to run WordPress locally (Apache server, PHP, and MySQL/MariaDB).
  2. A web browser: For accessing your local WordPress site.
  3. Internet connection: To download the necessary files.

For this guide, we will use XAMPP as our local server environment. XAMPP is available for Windows, macOS, and Linux.

Step 1: Download and Install XAMPP

  1. Visit the XAMPP website and download the appropriate version for your operating system.
  2. Run the installer and follow the installation instructions. During installation, ensure you select Apache, MySQL, PHP, and phpMyAdmin.

Step 2: Start the XAMPP Control Panel

  1. Open the XAMPP Control Panel.
  2. Start the Apache and MySQL services by clicking the “Start” buttons next to each. Ensure both services are running.

Step 3: Create a Database for WordPress

  1. Open your web browser and go to http://localhost/phpmyadmin.
  2. Click on the “Databases” tab.
  3. In the “Create database” field, enter a name for your database (e.g., wordpress_db).
  4. Select the “Collation” dropdown and choose utf8_general_ci.
  5. Click the “Create” button.

Step 4: Download and Configure WordPress

  1. Visit the WordPress website and download the latest version of WordPress.
  2. Extract the downloaded WordPress zip file.
  3. Copy the extracted WordPress folder to the htdocs directory within your XAMPP installation directory (usually C:\xampp\htdocs on Windows or /Applications/XAMPP/htdocs on macOS).
  4. Rename the WordPress folder to something memorable (e.g., my_wordpress_site).

Step 5: Configure the WordPress Installation

  1. Open your web browser and navigate to http://localhost/my_wordpress_site (replace my_wordpress_site with the name you chose).
  2. Select your preferred language and click “Continue.”
  3. On the next screen, click the “Let’s go!” button.
  4. Enter the following details:
    • Database Name: The name of the database you created earlier (e.g., wordpress_db).
    • Username: root (default XAMPP MySQL username).
    • Password: Leave this field empty (default for XAMPP).
    • Database Host: localhost.
    • Table Prefix: wp_ (or any prefix you prefer for database tables).
  5. Click the “Submit” button and then click “Run the installation.”

Step 6: Complete the Installation

  1. Fill in the required fields on the next screen:
    • Site Title: The title of your local WordPress site.
    • Username: The admin username for logging into WordPress.
    • Password: A strong password for the admin account.
    • Your Email: An email address for administrative purposes.
    • Search Engine Visibility: Leave unchecked as this is a local installation.
  2. Click the “Install WordPress” button.
  3. Once the installation is complete, click the “Log In” button and use the credentials you set up to log into your WordPress dashboard.

Step 7: Access Your Local WordPress Site

  1. To access your local WordPress site, navigate to http://localhost/my_wordpress_site in your web browser.
  2. To access the WordPress admin dashboard, navigate to http://localhost/my_wordpress_site/wp-admin.


Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress locally on your computer. This setup allows you to develop and test your WordPress site in a controlled environment without affecting your live site. Whether you’re creating a new theme, testing plugins, or learning how to use WordPress, a local installation is an invaluable tool for any WordPress user.

Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments. Happy developing!

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