Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video What is WAMP?, part of Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP.
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Before we get started, it might be a good idea to clarify what WAMP is and how it works. WAMP is an acronym that stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP. Windows is, well, Windows. Apache is a web server application you will find running on a large portion of web servers around the world. MySQL is the database system used by WordPress and PHP is the server-side scripting language or programming language used by WordPress.
In plain English, this means by installing WAMP, you've installed the necessary applications and programming components to run WordPress on your Windows computer. Once WAMP is installed, you are in effect turning your Windows computer into a web server much like the web servers that would host WordPress on the web. This allows you to install WordPress on your Windows computer. The major differences between running WordPress on a web server on the web and running WordPress on WAMP on your Windows computer are pretty obvious.
Because WAMP is installed on your computer, you don't need Internet access to use your WordPress site. This also means the site is only accessible from your computer--that is unless you've decided to make your computer a public web host-- something I don't recommend you do. The true benefit of having WordPress running on WAMP, on your Windows computer is that you can work with the files directly, and you don't have to keep uploading and downloading them to and from your web server. They're all there ready for you to work with and experiment with.
Now that you know what WAMP is and how it works, let's get started.
Installing WordPress on your computer gives you a perfect testing ground for experimentation, theme development, plug-in testing, and website development. This course is designed for Windows users who want to install and configure WordPress locally on a PC with WAMP, the open-source server/database/scripting language combo that sets the stage for more serious WordPress development. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen covers the configuration options and usage scenarios to get you started working in WordPress quickly.
- What is WAMP?
- Downloading WAMP and WordPress
- Installing WAMP
- Setting up WordPress as a Windows library
- Troubleshooting your setup