In this part we’ll download the WordPress files required to implement a local installation in our computer.
Let’s go to https://wordpress.org/ and click on the Get WordPress button.
In the following page click on the “Download WordPress 5.4” button. (5.4 was the current version at the moment the screenshot was taken)
A confirmation message will be displayed and the download will start.
Open the ZIP file, the contents include a folder with all the files required for the installation
Now a quick explanation: When installing XAMPP we specified a folder to copy the files (c:\xampp), inside that folder there is a subfolder named htdocs. All the folders copied to the htdocs subfolder will be displayed as websites in your computer.
In this example we will extract the wordpress folder from the zip file into the htdocs subfolder as shown below.
The next image shows the wordpress folder already extracted.
Now in your browser go to the following link: http://localhost/wordpress
And the initial window for the installation will be displayed. Let’s select English as the language used for the installation
Next click on Let’s go.
We will need the name of the database we created previously in part 2 to complete the process and some additional data.
- Database name: db_wp
- Username: root (this is a default name given at the momento we installed XAMPP)
- Password: Leave this field empty (The default password for the database username is blank, since we are using this setting locally should not be any problem)
Now let’s click on “Run the Installation”.
To complete the installation process we will need some additional info
- Site title: The name of the site
- Username: this is the admin user to manage the WordPress content and settings (This is not the same database user from the previous step)
- Password: Password for the WordPress site admin user.
Once we have completed the info above, we’ll have our site ready!
Click on login to access the WordPress admin area.
Go to http://localhost/wordpress/ in your browser and the new installed local site will display.
And now we are ready to test and configure WordPress settings right in our computer.