Build Your Own WordPress Test Lab


Yes you might experiment using WordPress on your live website but if you don’t have a internet host or do not want to play around with your live WordPress site then this tutorial is for you to start a blog

Primarily we need to put in your own private web server to conduct WordPress. WordPress wants a web server, a MySQL database and the PHP scripting language to perform. Installing and configuring these from the past was hard job but there’s a program named WAMP (Windows – Apache – MySQL – PHP) which installs and configures everything to receive your own personal web server up and running.

Ordinarily you’d pay a web server to host your site or blog plus they’d provide the web server, database server and scripting but we will put in our own personal hosting so that we may do whatever we like within our own personal WordPress test laboratory at no price.

Visit the WAMP Website and get into the WAMP Server. Once the file has downloaded double it to install the WAMP computer software.

Once the install begins accept the license agreement along with most of the default setup options and select to generate a background icon at the end of the setup.

Once installed and running you should have a WAMP icon down in the system menu at underneath righthand corner of your screen (it resembles a semicircle)click on the WAMP icon down in the system tray and select phpMyAdmin – if the phpMyAdmin page displays then that informs us that the webserver is operating and the php script may connect with our MySQL database which means you’re up and functioning.

We now have a functioning WAMP web & database server running on our PC. This server provides practically all of the functionality that a paid hosting account offers but costs nothing and is for your private use or use on an internal network if you’re teaching WordPress. It would be possible to utilize WAMP to sponsor your live site but we’d advise that it’s much better for the live blog to be hosted in an internet hosting company instead of allowing people to join with your own PC running WAMP because you will find security, speed and availability issues in conducting your own publicly accessible web server.

We have our internet server today all that we need to do is put in WordPress. For those who haven’t already started WAMP launch it by double clicking that the WAMP desktop icon. Open ‘My Computer’ or Windows Explorer and navigate to C:/WAMP/WWW and then generate a new folder in the WWW folder called wordpress.

We then should down load WordPress therefore visit the WordPress site and down load the latest version of WordPress. Once it’s downloaded extract/unzip the setup file and copy the contents of its ‘wordpress’ folder to c:/wamp/www/wordpress.

If you’ve downloaded WordPress and successfully copied the WordPress files into the right folder you’ll be able to start a browser and go – you should observe a WordPress page asking you to generate a configuration file. So go on and click ‘make a configuration record’.

Twitter subsequently requests for the database hostname, username and password for connecting to your MySQL server. WordPress is actually a dynamic content management platform so what you place in WordPress is automatically kept in a MySQL database when a visitor visits your website or you also edit a post WordPress dynamically pulls this information from the database screens it. Inorder to do this we will need to make a clean database using a username and password so WordPress could connect into it. WordPress can do all the tough work of populate this database with all the correct tables but we’ve to manually generate the database and username and password before WordPress may do so.

Click on the WAMP icon in the lower right side of your screen and select phpMyAdmin.

Now we need to add a user to the database. In phpMyAdmin click the ‘Privileges’ tab and then click ‘Add a new User’. From the ‘username’ box input wordpress_user (or even a username of your choice) and enter a password in the ‘password’ and ‘re-type’ boxes.

Now if we return again to the WordPress installation screen we could input the database name, password and username we just constructed with phpMyAdmin. The database host should really be localhost and we’ll render the table prefix because wp_.

Now click ‘submit’ and then WordPress should express that it could currently speak with the database. Click on the ‘run the setup’ button. Then we can fill in the choices for site name, username and password – this username and username would be the WordPress username and password that you may love to use to manage your own WordPress blog so you can make up your own username and password which could (and if!) Be separate from the database username and password we generated earlier in the day.

Click ‘install WordPress’ and then WordPress should then state you’ve successfully installed and when you click the login button and then put in your WordPress username and password whenever you’re up and running!