1. Download, install and activate to root directory
Download XAMPP lite here. The required operative system on your computer is Windows XP. The first window will ask for a location to extract to. Choose your C drive as root directory for installation.
When all files have been extracted, go to C:\xampplite and open setup_xampp.bat. Then open xampp-control.exe. This is the control panel application; activate server module Apache and database module MySql by clicking the start button to the right.
2. Create a MySQL database in phpMyAdmin
Now it's time to create a new database for your local Wordpress site to be. Open your favorite web browser and type in the following url: http://localhost/. Choose a language and click on the link phpMyAdmin in the left sidebar in the following page.
Locate the Create New Database fields, choose utf8_unicode_ci in the drop down box saying MySQL connection collation. Wait until the window has reloaded, then choose utf8_unicode_ci in the drop down box beside the database name field; where you type in the name wordpress. Then click Create.
3. Download and install Wordpress
Download Wordpress 2.7 here. Extract the files to this location: C:\xampplite\htdocs. Locate the file wp-config-sample.php and open it:
- Change the DB_NAME to wordpress
- DB_USER to root
- DB_PASSWORD you have to leave password empty since it is not required for local installation.
Rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php and save it.
Finally, open your web browser and enter this url: http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php. Enter your blog title and email address. Write login information down on a piece of paper. Woops, you have Wordpress installed on your local computer.
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If you experience any problems installing XAMPP lite or Wordpress, feel free to comment on this article and we'll help you out. Good luck!