Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of course alternatives: BitNami, WAMP, MAMP, and WebMatrix, part of Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP.
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- [Instructor] This course is part of a series that maps out different tools you can use to install Wordpress on your computer. This series is called Installing and Running Wordpress, and in the library you can find all of these courses and check out different tools we recommend for this job. Depending on your platform, your level of expertise, and what you want to achieve, either one of these tools may be the correct one for you, so before we get started let me break down the options for you so you can pick the right method and the right course for your needs right off the top. If you're a Mac user, my recommendation is to use MAMP.
MAMP is the closest equivalent to web server, which we'll cover in this course, and it does pretty much the same thing you'll see here in this course. You set up a web server on a computer, then you set up Wordpress somewhere on a computer and point the web server to Wordpress. You can also use an application called DesktopServer from ServerPress. Now Desktop Server is a little bit different. It's a sort of one-clickish install that both sets up a web server for you and sets up Wordpress under that server. Now the main difference between that and DesktopServer is MAMP is meant to set up any type of web development environment, whereas DesktopServer specifically targets Wordpress.
For Windows users, my primary option is WAMP server, what we'll cover in this course. WAMP server sets up your web server for you, and you can point to any folder on your computer where you can install Wordpress. You can also manage multiple different Wordpress installs under WAMP server. Just like with Mac, you can also install DesktopServer. Again, it's just an application that installs everything you need, including Wordpress, and allows you to run it all in one package. Your last option on Windows, if you want to just set up Wordpress one time and just get it to work right away, it installs Bitnami with the Wordpress stack.
Bitnami is sort of like DesktopServer and sort of like WAMP server. It's a one-click install that just sets everything up for you. The only drawback for Bitnami is if you set up Bitnami with Wordpress, you can't set up multiple different Wordpress sites without doing a lot of extra work. WAMP server gives you total control but doesn't do anything automatically. DesktopServer does everything automatically, and Bitnami is great if you just want to install Wordpress once to play around with it. In this course, we'll focus on Windows users and WAMP server.
If you're a Mac user, or you want to explore any of the other options, go to the library and find the correct course for that particular option.
- What is WampServer?
- Installing and configuring WampServer and WordPress
- Setting up multiple sites and custom domains
- Troubleshooting your setup