Installing WAMPserver locally on your PC:

  1. Download WAMP: (version 2.5 is for Windows 7 or 8; there is a link to earlier versions if you need them)
    You will be required to install the Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package x86 or x64 first if you don’t already have it.
  2. Locate the installers for your Windows version.
  3. Run Visual C++ installer
  4. Run WAMPserver 2.5 installer
    1. Choose the default installation location.
    2. When prompted, it is advisable to change the default browser to Firefox or Chrome as it runs faster than the default of Internet Explorer. Browse to the location of firefox.exe or chrome.exe and select it.
    3. In your taskbar, you will see a “W” icon for WAMPserver. Left-click and select “Start all services” and then “Put online” to put the server online. Your “W” icon should be green in color to indicate that all is functioning properly.
    4. Test your installation in your default browser by typing //localhost in the address bar and hitting enter. You should see the following:
    5. Click on the link to PhpMyAdmin.
      1. Login: Username = ‘root’ Password = blank by default** ** This is not secure and should be changed at some point after the workshop has ended.
      2. Click on the Databases tab.
      3. Create a new database and give it a name (e.g. ‘wordpress’). Make note of the database name as you will need to use it in the Wordpress installation. Your screen should look like this:
      4. Download the latest version of Wordpress. (4.0) Extract the zipfile.
        1. Copy the entire extracted \wordpress directory into the WWW folder of your installed WAMPServer, i.e. into c:\wamp\www\

Installing Wordpress on your local PC:

  1. In your default browser type the following address into the address bar: //localhost/wordpress
    1. The installer will start and will tell you that it needs to create the wpconfig file. Create the new configuration file. You will need to specify the following items:
      1. Name of the database you created in PhpMyAdmin (e.g. ‘wordpress’)
      2. Username – use ‘root’ unless you have configured another superuser for master access
      3. Password – is blank for root by default**. Use blank or enter the password that you have configured for root or another superuser. ** This is not secure and should be changed at some point after the workshop has ended.
      4. Database host – ‘localhost’ for your local machine
    2. Run the install. You will need to provide the following information:
      1. Site Title – name of your wordpress site
      2. Username for admin access
      3. Password for admin access
      4. Admin email address
    3. Click Install Wordpress. The installer should complete prompt you with a login screen. Login and check that you can see the Wordpress dashboard.