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Building a Website using Wordpress - Downloading and Installing XAMPP

Updated on October 9, 2016

Developing on a local server

For this course we will develop the website on a local web server.

The local web server we will use for this course is XAMPP, the Windows version of LAMPP.

This server integrates:

  • Apache: Which allows you to store your files just like if it was a an online hosting account.
  • MySQL: A database web server connected to PhpMyAdmin, which is a service that you run from your browser so you can create and manage your databases.
  • Filezilla: An integrated FTP client for you to upload your files through it to the Apache folder just like you would do using an online hosting account.
  • TomCat Apache: This is a special Apache that works like an extension from the first one, that allows you to run JAVA and Java Applets on your server.

Instructions

  1. Go to https://www.apachefriends.org
  2. Download the Windows Version of XAMPP
  3. Run the installation file
  4. Press “Next” until it asks you for installation folder
  5. Install all the services
  6. Install the server in the partition where you have your Windows installed, don’t install it on a secondary partition or different hard drive.
  7. Wait for the installation to unpack all the files
  8. Allow the installation setup to access your files
  9. Start the XAMPP Control Panel
  10. Start all the services
  11. Click on the Explorer in the Control Panel
  12. Locate the xampp-control.exe file in and create a desktop shortcut to it
  13. Minimize the Control Panel and keep it running in background

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