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How to Install WordPress on your own Computer In 5 Minutes


You don’t have to be a geek to install WordPress on your own computer because the process is as simple as installing any other native Windows Application (e.g. Microsoft Office).

install wordpress on windowsBefore we get into the actual installation process, let’s look at some reasons why you may want to install a copy of WordPress on your local computer:

Reason #1. You have to buy a web domain and space on a web server to host your WordPress software online. These are however not required if you decide to run WordPress in a local environment.

Reason #2. Even if you have a website and web hosting space, you may still want to run a copy of WordPress on the local computer as it will help you test out new WordPress themes, plug-ins and other tweaks much faster.

Reason #3. Most WordPress hosts offer Linux based servers but with WordPress installed locally, you can try out the features of this powerful blogging software in a more familiar Windows environment.

How to Setup WordPress on your Computer


Though it takes only a couple of easy steps to install the main WordPress software, it can be a bit tricky to install the different services that are required to run WordPress – these include PHP and MySQL. And then you have to manually edit a few files in order to get everything to work.

Luckily, there’s a much simpler solution in town. You can use Microsoft’s Web Platform Installer and, with a few clicks, you will be running a full WordPress install on your computer without doing any complex stuff.

Microsoft Web Platform Installer is a free product designed to make it easy to for you develop and run websites on your Windows PC. It provides a simple wizard where you select the software that you wish to run on your computer, and the installer will automatically select the other programs that the necessary to run to software you just selected (in our case, WordPress). The installer is web-based and it will only download the stuff that you want.

Web Installer Choose Blogs - WordPress Installer - WordPress

To install WordPress, run the Web Platform Installer, click the “Web Applications” tab on the left side, and then select the “Blogs” tab underneath it. The entries are listed by default in alphabetical order, so you can scroll down to the bottom to find WordPress.

Once you have selected WordPress, click “Install” at the bottom of the window, and all the other tools needed by WordPress such as PHP and MySQL will be automatically added to the install list.

Review products before installing - WordPress screenYou will now be presented with a window that shows everything that will be installed, and how much data needs to be downloaded; it should be under 70 Mb for a WordPress install. Click “I Accept,” and then you will need to put in a password for your MySQL database for WordPress. Click “Continue” and the programs will be automatically downloaded and installed.

Once the basic installation is done, you will be asked for specific information about your website. On the first screen, you may simply leave the default values, or if you have specific needs then you can change then as your needs require. On the second screen, you will be asked to enter passwords for the database administrator and the WordPress database.

Add password for MySQL Installing WordPress Enter Website Information

Enter Application-Database Information Finish installation of your web applications Installation finished

You also be asked to enter passphrases to make your passwords more secure, though you don’t have to. The default options, again, are usually correct, but you can change them if you would like. Click “Continue,” and the Web Platform will finish the instillation.

Create a New WordPress Blog on your Computer

When everything is installed, you can click the link at the top that says “Launch WordPress,” and your fresh WordPress install will open in the default browser.

Wordpress - first screen Wordpress username and password Wordpress - login screen

Now enter a name and password for your website, and click the “Install WordPress” button. WordPress will assign a new username (admin) and random password to you – copy this password to the clipboard and then click “Log in.” Enter your username (which is admin by default) and the random password from the clipboard, and log in. WordPress will show you a reminder to change the default admin password, and you’re done!

Wordpress Dashboard at first login - change password

You can now free to tweak WordPress as much as you like. To access your local WordPress site in the future, simply enter “http://localhost/wordpress/wp-login.php” in the address bar of your favorite web browser.

So long to the days of installing numerous services and configuring complicated files to install WordPress. Now WordPress is almost as easy to install as Microsoft Office! And if it wasn’t for the download time, it just might be a true 5 minute install!

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  1. November 3, 2009 at 1:07 pm | #1

    nice blogs!!!

  2. December 24, 2009 at 12:11 am | #2

    Thanks for this helpful wordpress web design and blog design info.

    Tyler Lange
    http://www.neosmedia.ca
    http://www.epochwebdesign.com

  3. January 3, 2010 at 6:51 am | #3

    Thank you for contribute this useful information. Hope that you will continue doing good article like this. I will be one of your loyal reader.

  4. Kristina
    January 23, 2010 at 6:49 am | #4

    I followed the instructions but it will not let place my datebase name in the provided place. Why? Within my MySQL database page it will not let me name a database with placing kristina_ and whatever after that that I want to name it. I’m stuck….anyone’s help will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance!

  5. Puneet
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  7. January 25, 2011 at 8:46 pm | #7

    This seems really quick, thanks for the guide, will see if i can do this myself

  8. February 3, 2011 at 8:03 am | #8

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  9. April 11, 2011 at 8:01 pm | #9

    i folloed the steps and cant get to anything.
    I get webplatform and it give me 2 site . . wordpress and other site
    how to proceed further ?

  10. August 17, 2011 at 5:35 pm | #10

    What?s Going down i’m new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It positively helpful and it has aided me out loads. I am hoping to give a contribution & help different customers like its helped me. Great job.

  11. September 5, 2011 at 1:29 am | #11

    That’s simple and clear, thanks!

  12. smiley
    September 5, 2011 at 9:03 pm | #12

    I have a question i get the next error message : We’re sorry the following products have failed to install .

    WordPress This product did not installed successfully:the database “wordpress” could not be created . Acces denied for user “wordpressuser”@”localhost’(Using password:YES)

    Can someone help ?

  13. November 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm | #13

    how long does this take to install ?

  14. Here
    July 21, 2013 at 3:39 pm | #14

    How can I link up this with my web hosting?

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