WAMP is basically an acronym for Apache MySQL PHP on Windows. Wherein Apache is a web server, MySQL is an open source database and PHP is a scripting language. According to the definition by Wikipedia, WAMP are packages of independently created programs installed on computers that use a Microsoft Windows operating system. There is a program called as phpMyAdmin included in the WAMP package. This phpMyAdmin basically provides a graphical user interface (GUI) to the user for managing the services in the package.
- To get wamp, you can visit this link : http://www.wampserver.com/en/
- And then choose a suitable download from that page.
1) Just run the installation file which you have downloaded.
2) Click on Next. Accept the License Agreement. Click Next.
3) Set your destination folder. In this case i have set mine to c:wamp. Then click next.
4) Next frame asks you whether you want to create a desktop shortcut. Click next again.
5) Now click Install. And your installation begins .. .!!
6) Then after following window appears on the screen :
7) This time it asks you to choose your default browser. Just click Open.
8) Then firewall window appears on the screen :
9) Just click on Allow Access. And one more window appears as shown below :
10) Just click on next.
11) Click on Finish. And you have installed WAMP on your computer.
As soon as you click on finish, your WAMP server begins.
You can find it near the taskbar tray icons as shown in the image.
You see Localhost, phpMyAdmin, www directory, Apache, PHP, MySQL and some other options as well. You can use WAMP in any way you want. You can experiment scripting websites plus SQL databases using WAMP. You can use WAMP Offline as well as Online. As seen in the image you can put your server online by using ‘put online’ button.
The interesting part is you can use WAMP to install Content Management System on your PC. CMS like wordpress, joomla, drupal, etc. Or you can even install a forum like phpbb or SMF. You can just mess around with their code to learn more about these CMS. What i mean is that you can experiment with any CMS on your local computer and that too Offline.
So the actual purpose of writing this simple post was to develop basics for installing wordpress on the computer.