WordPress is a great and easy to use CMS platform to build a fascinating blog / website. But! you know, to build a blog with WordPress.org is need a budget, to purchase the domain names buy web-hosting etc.
The good news is there is another way to learn how to use WordPress. Is by run a WordPress test site on your computers local server. And you can even do it while your PC is offline. Cool eh?
In this post I will show you how to learn using WordPress as Content Management System using WAMP server in Windows.
Actually you can just click on Next > next > next button to install it in default mode.
But your default browser will be the classic Internet Explorer, and maybe the application will be installed on drive (D:) if you don’t pay attention.
So, here I just try to make sure that you install it in the right places and use the browser you like.
I recommended Google Chrome to use as browser. And also make sure your system are ‘up to date’ in redistributable packages like; VC9, VC11, VC13 and VC14.
During the installation process, you’ll be ask to choose another browser, choose Chrome for example. Navigate to Local Disk (C:) > Program Files(x86) > Google > Chrome > Application > chrome
When installer ask where to install. Choose in Local Disk (C:) or in Desktop if you like. Let the other setup by default.
#Windows 10 installation error fix
Most of Windows 10 user often disable auto update features. Mostly by doing forced method. Since Windows 10 have no option to disable the auto update manually.
By do that force method, is causing some of element of the system remain out of date. When you install WAMP server on it then you will get an error message said ‘The program can’t start because MSCVR110.dll is missing’
There is two option to fix it:
First option; just go to Microsoft official website to download Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio and install it.
Second option; go to dll-files.com to download MSCVR110.dll and install it manually. To install the dll file just copy and paste in Local Disk (C:) > Windows > SysWOW64 (Important! download the file for the system you are running 32 or 63bit)
You’ll need administrator permission to copy these file. When fix the error problem done, now we go to the next step.
Create database in localhost
Before installing WordPress you need to create database in localhost.
To do it, open WAMP server by double click the app shortcut in your desktop.
Then navigate your mouse to the left of Windows Taskbar and click the Wamp icon.
Next, click on ‘Local Host’ to open Wamp server localhost page in browser. See screenshot
In localhost, go to ‘Tools > phpmyadmin’ see screenshot below.
In phpMyAdmin page you’ll be ask for Username and password to log in.
In user name type root and in the password form, let it empty and press enter or click Go to login.
Create new database
To create database in phpMyAdmin click on ‘New’ in the left bar.
Then name the database for example ‘blogtest’ then click Create.
Now you have the database, we continue to the next step.
To install WordPress first got to where you choose directory to install Wamp. In this example is Local Disk (C:)
In Disk (:C) open the folder wamp64 > www then create New Folder and name it blogtest just like the name of the database. Extract WordPress in blogtest folder using Winrar or any zip extractor.
When done, go to Wamp server home page / localhost. Now you see the blogtest folder you have created in www directory.
To access it, type or just copy and paste in the browser bar this URL: localhost/blogtest/
When the directory is open click on wordpress folder to begin installing WordPress. see screenshot
Start with choose your language first.
Then click Continue and you will get the welcome message from WordPress. Read it, then click Let’s go.
Enter your database name, in this example is blogtest. Username: root. Password: let it blank.
And let the rest by default then click Submit.
WordPress now ready to Run the install …
Pick the name of your test site, for user name make sure to make it unpredictable. In real online site it’s very important.
For testing purposes maybe it’s okay to use a short password by check ‘Confirm use of weak password’. But in real online site, make sure you create a looooong and strong password for safety.
Use your email for password reset etc. Then click Install WordPress.
Optional! because this is just for test, its better to check for Discourage search engines from indexing my site. see screenshot below for example
Click on Log in button to go to wp-admin log in page. Insert your Username and password and log in to your WordPress dashboard test site.
Right there, you will see a welcome message and some useful link to get start it. To learn and explore how to use WordPress as CMS (Content Management System)
To access your test site again later, just run the Wamp application and use this URL to access your wp-admin login page in your browser: localhost/blogtest/wordpress/wp-admin/
PS. Below is a link to useful post that may help you to easily learn WordPress (for beginner)