This tutorial will show you how to install your own local development environment
If you are a web developer building PHP/MySQL powered sites, the ultimate scenario is to test your applications before uploading them to the main web hosting server. A lot of developers set up test accounts on live web servers, however this means you always need to be connected to the web to test them. But there is another way using one of two ingenious applications that make setting up your own Apache/MySQL/PHP an absolute breeze.
If you are a windows based developer, Wampserver is a package that will easily install Apache/MySQL/PHP onto either Windows XP or Vista. The base configuration is pretty much an automated process so there are very little changes you need to make. However, you might want to enable SMTP so you can test email sending and maybe install a few additional PHP components like IonCube decoder.
How to install WAMP
To install WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP), follow these steps:
- Download WAMP: Visit the official WAMP website (https://www.wampserver.com/en/) and download the latest version of WAMP for your Windows operating system.
- Run the Installer: Once the download is complete, run the installer file. You may be prompted with a User Account Control (UAC) warning; click “Yes” to proceed.
- Choose Installation Directory: Select the destination folder where you want to install WAMP. The default location is typically “C:\wamp” or “C:\wamp64”. You can choose a different directory if desired.
- Select Components: The installer will present a list of components to install, including Apache, PHP, MySQL/MariaDB, and phpMyAdmin. Ensure that these components are checked, and any additional optional components you may require.
- Choose PHP Version: Select the PHP version you want to install. The installer usually offers multiple PHP versions to choose from. You can also enable or disable PHP extensions based on your requirements.
- Configure WAMP Server: During the installation process, you may be prompted to choose your default browser, configure email settings (if needed), and set the MySQL root password. Make the appropriate selections and provide the necessary information.
- Complete the Installation: Once the configuration is complete, click the “Next” button to proceed with the installation. The installation process may take a few minutes to complete.
- Launch WAMP: After the installation finishes, you will be prompted to launch the WAMP server. Check the “Launch WampServer now” option and click “Finish”.
- Verify Installation: The WAMP server icon will appear in your system tray. It should be green, indicating that the server is running properly. You can click on the icon to access the server’s menu and manage services like Apache, PHP, and MySQL.
That’s it! WAMP is now installed on your Windows system. You can start developing and testing your web applications locally by placing your files in the “www” directory located within the WAMP installation directory.