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How to build your own testing lab for Wordpress

  1. 1. ==== ====Visit Below For Authority Pro 2.0 Super Premium Wordpress ====In this tutorial well go through how to get Wordpress running on your own PC (running Windows)so you have your own personal Wordpress installation to experiment with or learn from. Yes youcould experiment with Wordpress on your live website but if you dont have a web host or dontwant to play around with your live Wordpress blog then this tutorial is for you.Firstly we need to install your own personal web server to run Wordpress. Wordpress requires aweb server, a MySQL database and the PHP scripting language to run. Installing and configuringthese in the past was hard work but theres now an application called WAMP (Windows - Apache -MySQL - PHP) which installs and configures everything to get your own personal web server upand running.Normally youd pay a web host to host your website or blog and theyd provide the web server,database server and scripting but were going to install our own personal web server so we can doanything we like in our own personal Wordpress test lab at zero cost.Visit the WAMP site and download the WAMP Server. Once the file has downloaded double-clickit to install the WAMP software.Once the install begins accept the license agreement and all the default installation options andselect to create a desktop icon at the end of the installation.Once installed and running youll have a WAMP icon down in the system tray in the bottom right-hand corner of your screen (it looks like a semi-circle)click the WAMP icon down in the system trayand select phpMyAdmin - if the phpMyAdmin page displays then this tells us that the webserver isrunning and the php script can connect to our MySQL database so youre up and running.We now have a functioning WAMP web & database server running on our PC. This serverprovides practically all the functionality that a paid hosting account offers but costs nothing and isfor your personal use or use on an internal network if youre teaching Wordpress. It would bepossible to use WAMP to host your live blog but wed advise that its much better for your live blogto be hosted at a web hosting company rather than allowing people to connect to your own PCrunning WAMP as there are security, speed and availability issues in running your own publiclyaccessible web server.We have our web server now all we need to do is install Wordpress. If you havent already startedWAMP start it by double-clicking the WAMP desktop icon. Open My Computer or WindowsExplorer and navigate to C:/WAMP/WWW and then create a new folder in the WWW folder calledwordpress.
  2. 2. We then need to download Wordpress so go to the Wordpress web site and download the latestversion of Wordpress. Once its downloaded extract/unzip the installation file and copy thecontents of its wordpress folder to c:/wamp/www/wordpress.If youve downloaded Wordpress and successfully copied the Wordpress files into the correctfolder you can open a browser and go to http://localhost/wordpress - you should see a Wordpresspage asking you to create a configuration file. So go ahead and click create a configuration file.Wordpress then asks for the database hostname, username and password to connect to yourMySQL server. Wordpress is a dynamic content management system so anything you post inWordpress is stored in a MySQL database so when a visitor visits your blog or you edit a postWordpress dynamically pulls this information from the database displays it. In order to do this weneed to create a blank database with a username and password so Wordpress can connect to it.Wordpress will do all the hard work of populate this database with all the correct tables but wehave to manually create the database and username and password before Wordpress can do this.Click the WAMP icon in the lower right hand corner of your screen and select phpMyAdmin.phpMyAdmin should now load in your browser so then in the create new database box enterwordpress_db and click create.Now we need to add a user to the database. In phpMyAdmin click the Privileges tab then clickAdd a new User. In the user name box enter wordpress_user (or a username of your choice)and enter a password in the password and re-type boxes. Ensure that under database for userthe option Grant all privileges on database "wordpress_db" is selected and then click Go down atthe bottom right.Now if we go back to the Wordpress installation screen we can enter the database name,username and password we just created using phpMyAdmin. The database host should belocalhost and well leave the table prefix as wp_.Now click submit and Wordpress should say that it can now communicate with the database.Click the run the install button. We then can fill in the options for site title, username andpassword - this username and password is the Wordpress username and password that youd liketo use to administer your Wordpress blog so you can make up your own username and passwordwhich can (and should!) be different from the database username and password we createdearlier.Click install Wordpress and Wordpress should then say youve successfully installed it and if youclick the login button and enter your Wordpress username and password youre up and running!Just remember to make sure your WAMP server is running first otherwise you wont be ableconnect.To login into your Wordpress installation and makes changes or postings in future just go tohttp://localhost/wordpress/wp-login.php and to view your blog just go to the same URL but withoutthe wp-login.phh
  3. 3. Steve blogs about installing and setting up Wordpress blogs as well as providing Wordpressinstallation services.You can catch more of his articles and video tutorials at http://www.blogsetuplab.comArticle Source: ====Visit Below For Authority Pro 2.0 Super Premium Wordpress ====