Steps to Install WordPress on Windows 8 and WAMP 2.4

The idea of posting this steps to install WordPress on Windows 8 was, sometimes this week, I checked my video to install WordPress on Windows 7, oh boy, that video hurts my ears as I recorded on my laptop with not so nice audio and recording dimension , if you use Mac OS, you can go here to follow the tutorial for Mac Operating System.

For that reason I wanted to record this video to install WordPress on Windows 8 (version 8.1 actually) but it should work with any other Windows version. If you want you can read the codex first.

I just noticed the difference with the newer version of WAMP.

If you have WAMP already installed, then you might not encounter the same process like I did.

In the old version of WAMP, in the process of installing it, it didn’t ask me to open my default browser.

If it will ask you, just navigate to your default browser program folder.

For really newbies, I would like to mention that the goal of this tutorial is to have WordPress installed in your local machine.

This means, anyone who use your computer (where this WP is installed) can view your website, however other people who don’t use your PC won’t.

With a simple word, it’s not a live website, because it’s local.

If you want it to be alive, accessible on the internet, then you will need a web host to install it.

I hope it’s clear enough to understand locally and remotely.

Let’s get started.

Related: Install WordPress on Mavericks OS X 2014

Steps to Install WordPress on Windows 8

1. Before we install WordPress on Windows 8 on WAMP, check if your Windows 32 or 64-bit, if you don’t know how to do it, visit pcdailytips quick to find it out how.

This info is important to download this server program.

2. Visit WAMP download page, and choose the download button accordingly to your OS. My Windows is a 32-bit OS so I choose the latest version that has the latest PHP version, which is WAMP version 2.4

Check your PC system first before downloading WAMP

Check your PC system first before downloading

Install it to your PC, leave all the settings by default.

The only difference with the older version is the pop up question which asks, “Would you like to install the new WampServer 2 homepage? (this will overwrite existing index.php)

Would you like to install the new WampServer 2 homepage

Would you like to install the new WampServer 2 homepage

Before we move to the next steps below, make sure, WampServer is running, by checking the WampServer icon on the bottom left properties bar of your computer, it should be “green”.

Green WAMP icon means it's running

Green WAMP icon means it’s running

3. Download latest WordPress files version, and extract the zip file, by right click it in your download folder.

Extract WordPress files by right-click the file

Extract WordPress files by right-click the file

Once extracted, it’s important to check if all files are downloaded or extracted properly, this is how WordPress all files and folders look like:

WordPress files structure - are they downloaded properly

WordPress files structure – are they downloaded properly

4. Next, is we move this folder to C:\wamp\www folder. Mine is on F because I dual-boot it.

Move it to: wamp, www folder

Move it to: wamp, www folder

Here, I suggest you to change the “wordpress” folder name to “yoursitename”. Mine is named, as “blogweb6local”.

5. Open your browser, and type; localhost. If everything goes ok, it should be looking like this.

Localhost on WAMP looks like

Localhost on WAMP looks like

PHPMyAdmin on WAMP 2.4

PHPMyAdmin on WAMP 2.4

Click on “PHPMyAdmin” under “Tools”. It will open PHPMyAdmin, and ask you the username and password.

Username: root, and password: blank by default.

It’s also different than previous version of WAMP, because it didn’t ask the username or password.

6. Click “Databases” tab and create a new database.

Creating database to install WordPress on Windows 8

Creating database to install WordPress on Windows 8

Mine I name it as “blogweb6localdb” because I tend to have many databases inside my WAMP’s PHPMyAdmin, so I want to make things easier when I look to which database belongs to which site.

You can name this database as you like.

Click “Create” button.

7. Go back to your browser, type localhost/blogweb6local

Create a Configuration File

Create a Configuration File

WordPress configuration file

WordPress configuration file

Allright Sparky text

Allright Sparky text

Install WordPress on Windows 8

Install WordPress on Windows 8

Replace the blogweb6local to the new name of “Wordpress” folder we did in step 4 above.

Click on “Create a Configuration file” button

You should see, “All right sparky! You’ve made it through this part of the installation. WordPress can now communicate with your database. If you are ready, time now to..” texts

Click “Run the install

8. Type in these infos like as your custom blog’s infos: (I recommend it to copy your username and password in a text editor like notepad, because you need them to login)

Site Title: Blog.Web6.Org local
Username : Username of your blog to login later on
Password twice : Type in your blog password, until the pass strength indicator green.
Your E-mail : your Email.
Privacy : I ticked it off, because it’s a local site.

Click “Install WordPress” button.

If all is ok, you should see “Success!..” text..

9. Login to your dashboard, you can do this by either click “Login” button, or type localhost/blogweb6local/wp-admin on your browser.

Type in the Username and pass from step 8.

10. We did it!

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