This tutorial explains ‘How To Install WAMP Server’ for Local Website Development on Windows 7 64 bit Computer.
Few years ago I started learning web development by installing PHP, MySQL, and Apache Server; each one separately.
In the later stages I downloaded the XAMP on my ‘Windows XP’ computer and that machine got old and ever since I got my Windows 7 computer, I could not install XAMP.
XAMP was available only for 32-bit version of Windows, so I started using WAMP on my computer for local web development.
WAMP: Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP
WAMPServer is a Web Server package, that allows any individual to install and configure the Apache, MySQL, and PHP in their own windows computer and useful for rapid web development.
WAMPServer is like a test environment for any web developers and when you are ready with your product, you can deploy it on to live environment; that is mostly on LAMP (Linux) based hosting.
WordPress bloggers gets benefited from installing and configuring WAMP on local computer. As a WordPress blogger you can test your WordPress theme, customization’s, widgets, plugins, and also custom posts.
Download and Install WAMP Server
Step 1: Download WAMP Server
Cost: Free to download
You will have the option to select the download based on your windows operating system type, whether the 64 Bit or 32 Bit.
I downloaded for 64 Bit Operating System for this tutorial demo.
Your download redirects to the SourceForge.net website and download window appears in a couple of seconds.
Save the ‘wampserver2.2e-php5.3.13-httpd2.2.22-mysql5.5.24-x64.exe’ executable file to a temporray location.
Setp 2: Install WAMP Server on Windows Computer
Navigate to the ‘wampserver2.2e-php5.3.13-httpd2.2.22-mysql5.5.24-x64.exe’ executable file and double click on the file.
Ignore the security warning and click on the ‘Run’ button.
Step 3: WAMP Server Setup Wizard
Click Yes on the security warning.
Next you will get the ‘WAMP Server Setup Wizard’ and will display to the user what this package contains and installs.
Click on ‘Next‘ button.
Step 4: Accept the ‘License Agreement’ and click on ‘Next’ button.
Step 5: WAMP Server Installation Folder
Select the default folder for WAMP Server to be installed or select a folder of your choice.
Step 6: Select Additional Tasks Option
In the next window, you can ‘Select Additional Tasks‘ to perform or leave it blank.
I selected the ‘Create a Desktop icon‘ option.
Step 7: Ready to Install
Click ‘Install‘ button.
The installation would take few minutes.
Step 8: Select your default browser
Step 9: PHP mail parameters
Step 10: Launch WAMP Server now
Click ‘Finish‘ button.
In case if you get any security warning (Windows 7 – I got the warning), just accept it.
That’s all, the WAMP Server has successfully installed on your Windows computer for developing web sites, for testing your WordPress blog theme, and you can also test your WordPress blog widgets and plugins locally before pushing on to the live web site.
How To Start the WAMP Server
Now, that you have installed the WAMP Server and you can start the server from desktop short cut icon or you can start it from System Tray Window.
When you click on the ‘WAMP Server Icon’ in the ‘System Tray’ (see above pic), you will be presented with an options panel.
WAMP Server can be on three different states: Red, Yellow, and Green.
The server is offline.
The Apache, PHP, and MySQL services are still not started yet.
The server is offline.
The Apache, PHP, and MySQL services are still not started yet, something is failed in the process of starting the services.
The server is online and running.
The Apache, PHP, and MySQL services are up and running.
WAMP Options Panel
Start All Services:
Apache, PHP, and MySQL services can be started by clicking on the ‘Start All Services’ option.
Stop All Services:
Apache, PHP, and MySQL services can be stopped by clicking on the ‘Stop All Services’ option.
Restart All Services:
Apache, PHP, and MySQL services can be re-started by clicking on the ‘Restart All Services’ option.
Clicking on the Localhost option will launch your default web browser with Localhost.
Clicking on the phpMyAdmin option will take you to the phpMyAdmin panel in the default browser.
You can also click on the phpmyadmin button link on WAMP Server welcome screen, that will take you to the phpMyAdmin control panel in the browser: http://localhost/phpmyadmin/
Clicking on the www directory option will take you to the www folder (C:\wamp\www) on your computer.
Test WAMP Server Installation
- Now, your server is up and running.
- Test if all the services (Apache, PHP, and MySQL) installed properly.
- Open any of your favorite web browser and type: http://127.0.0.1/ or http://localhost/
- If you see following welcome screen, that means, you have successfully installed the WAMP Server on your computer and ready to use it as your local website development environment.
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I believe this information would help you in successfully installing the WAMP Server on your computer and helps you in coding some fun websites, or playing with your WordPress themes locally.
Please, let me know if you have any questions and feel free to write your thoughts on WAMP.