How to install WordPress locally?

WordPress is famous for being able to be installed and ready to publish in 5 minutes ! Similarly here is how:

  1. Download and decompress WordPress if you haven’t already,
  2. Create a WordPress database on your web server
  3. Place WordPress files in the desired location on your server
  4. Start the installation script by opening the WordPress URL from your web browser.
  5. Follow the installer instructions, and validate.

And There you go ! WordPress is installed ! We will see below that it is possible to install WordPress in several ways.

How to install WordPress easily ?

From the standard installation on a accommodation, via a fully automated installation via the modules supplied by your hosts, to the installation of WordPress in the room, you will find in this tutorial, simple solutions to install WordPress.

WordPress can be installed in several ways, the most common are:

  • on his server
  • via hosting modules

This article will detail one by one, these 3 installation procedures, you can click on the links in the above list to access the installation that interests you.

The detailed facilities here only concern WordPress in self-healed, you can view the difference by reading or

Install WordPress on a Server

WordPress prides himself on being famous for its installation in 5 minutes ! Beforehand, you must have accommodation with a database and PHP, here are the minima required:

  • PHP in version greater than or equal to 7.3 ;
  • MySQL in version greater than or equal to 4.1.2 ;
  • Apache with the mod_rewrite module.

Go to and download the latest version of WordPress and de-zip it to your hard drive, then create a database for WordPress on your server, so that MySQL has all the privileges in access and in modification.

Submit WordPress files via FTP (Filezilla) to the desired location on the server:

  • If you want to place WordPress at the root of your domain (for example, move all the content of the decompressed WordPress directory (excluding the directory itself) to the root of your server ( usually www or web)
  • If you want to place your WordPress installation in a subdirectory of your website (for example: /, rename the WordPress directory with the name you have chosen for the subdirectory and move to your server

From your web browser, launch the WordPress installation script :

  • If you installed WordPress on the root: /
  • in the case of a sub-directory called blog: /
  • in case of 1st installation, you can simply type the URL of your site and the script will launch on its own

The manual WordPress installation proper :

  • The installation begins with the creation of the configuration file (wp_config.php). It is essential because it contains the various information that will allow PHP scripts to connect to the database to save and retrieve the contents of the blog (articles, pages, comments, etc.).
  • A prior warning indicates the procedure to follow in the event of a problem linked to permissions. It is precisely to avoid this kind of unfortunate situation that we must be vigilant in this area. Indeed, sometimes the rights are not good. It is therefore necessary to go through the ftp and modify the rights in 755 or 777 for the time of installation, then go back to 644.
  • All information relating to the database is that provided by the hostel. The proposed table prefix wp_ is generally kept, it is advisable to change it (as agreed) for safety reasons.
  • Once this information has been validated, WordPress confirms that it has been able to create the configuration file and that the installation will be able to start.

Once clicked on “Let’s go !”, the script asks you for the information in your database:

If the information for connection to the database is OK, then the script offers you to switch to the installation itself:

Enter the information necessary for your WordPress, namely: site title, administrator’s identifier (login), choose a real password, enter the administrator’s email and say yes or no to the search engines:

Once done, WordPress congratulates you and offers to connect. It is always possible to connect to the administration space accessible by the URL or ttps://

See the manual installation tuto of WordPress pooled server :
In this 18mn 15sec video, I explain everything, from the purchase of the domain name to the manual installation of a WordPress site.

Note: Manual installation carried out in less than 10 minutes chrono! The safest method to install WordPress correctly, however the automatic installation of harvesters is now developed and works perfectly.

Install WordPress Automatically

In this part, I will describe the simplified installation procedure at OVH, I have no affiliation with this host and many others offer the same functionalities (1&1, Mavenhosting, etc.).

So go to, you must first buy and or have accommodation with them.

Connect to the Manager (menu at the top right), enter your identifiers then select the domain where you want to install your WordPress from Web Cloud.

Click on “housing” from the left menu and select the domain where you want to install the WordPress module.

Click the “Add Module” button

Choose the module to install: A wide choice of modules will then be offered to you, select WordPress

Installation completed !!!
Within 15 minutes, you will then receive by email, confirmation of the installation of the automatically generated MySQL database (with identifiers and technical data) then 5 minutes later, a second email confirming the correct installation of your WordPress module, with your login, password and link to the WordPress administration.

See the full WordPress automatic installation video tuto at OVH :
In this 11mn 44sec video, I explain everything, from the purchase of the domain name to the automatic installation via the WordPress OVH module

Note: Installing WordPress has never been easier. Restrictive, however, from the point of view of parameters, this method is reserved for beginners.

Install WordPress in Local

For PreProd, to solve problems or simply create and test its offline site, installing WordPress locally can be very useful. Again, there are two solutions to do this:

  1. Using XAMPP for Windows, there are also Mac and Linux versions.
  2. Or even simpler, with Instant WP, the quick solution to install WP locally.

Installation of XAMPP

Start by downloading the executable Method A: with installer, this method is the easiest way to install XAMPP and install it by double-clicking on the .exe file.

Once the installation is complete, you will find XAMPP under Start / Programs / XAMPP. Thanks to the XAMPP control panel, you can start / stop each of the servers and install / uninstall the services.

The XAMPP control panel to stop / start Apache, MySQL, FileZilla and Mercury or install these servers as services.

To test: after starting Apache, visit http: // localhost or and examine all examples and tools XAMPP

Creation of the WordPress database
Then click in the sidebar on phpMyAdmin and create your WordPress database.

WordPress installation
Download WordPress, decompress the archive and copy the WordPress directory to the xampplite / thtdocs directory. In the browser, enter the address, then the name of the blog and the email address, finally click on .

Instant WP to install WordPress locally

Instant WP is complete and autonomous software, allowing to deploy in a few clicks and very simply a complete and functional WordPress environment.

It transforms any Windows computer into a WordPress development server. It even goes so far as to launch from a simple USB key, without any internet connection and with the possibility of installing as many blogs as you wish.

Start by downloading the software (about 56Mo) to your hard drive, then install the program. Choose the program installation directory (this could perfectly be a removable disc, a USB key), then access the program by clicking on who is in the previously indicated installation directory.

The current version is 4.2 and includes:

  • WordPress 3.3.2
  • Apache 2.2.15
  • PHP 5.3.2
  • MySQL 5.1.46

Note: InstantWP will seek to start up with IE (not terrible) but we can always, via the local URL, use any other browser.

The InstantWP console opens, your local WordPress site is now installed !

Instant WordPress is provided by default with a few articles / pages, comments, traditional themes, but updates will have to be made to shoot with the latest versions. As part of this test, I updated to WordPress 3.5, installed my premium and my various extensions, all without any worries.

To navigate your interface, nothing could be simpler, use the central console (for info, logs and passwords are written on each button).

Note: A simple, quick and efficient solution to install WordPress in Local. With Instant WP, you could also use a USB key for your customers to show them the PreProd site, all without being connected to the internet !

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