Tutorial shows how to install WordPress platform on your Windows PC or Laptop for offline use.
Ever thought of having a WordPress blog installed locally on your computer’s hard drive ?
WordPress is perhaps the best platform for Blogging till date. If you are a newbie in the blogosphere, you should definitely learn basics of WordPress by installing it offline on your PC or Laptop first. This will help you when you will actually start your blog with real hosting and WordPress Platform.
Thus when you will have a WordPress blog installed offline, you will be able learn how to publish posts, use plugins, install & customize the themes, and a lot more WordPress tips & tricks.
When I was new to WordPress, I wondered if it was possible to install and use WordPress offline in my Laptop. I searched on Google and what i ended up with was complex procedures like setting up database, its password and username, and later configuring these into WordPress. Here are few other ways by which you can WordPress offline on your system:
- How to install WordPress offline using XAMPP
- How to install WordPress locally using Wamp
- Instant WordPress : Local WordPress installation packages in a software
But later I found an another way which is perhaps the easiest way by which you can set up your own WordPress blog offline in 5 minutes ! I will teach you how to install WordPress offline & I promise you will not need to write a single code !
Install WordPress Offline using EasyPHP DevServer
- You should have Windows XP, 7 or 8/8.1 Operating System installed.
- Internet connection is required only till you download & Install the required files. After that, you can use your WordPress blog offline without any Internet Connection. (In case you want to update plugins, themes, etc you will need Internet.)
Step 1 ) Download & Install the EasyPHP DevServer
WordPress is based on PHP. So to run PHP scripts on your PC or Laptop, you will need some tool. EasyPHP is a nice open source tool which lets you run PHP Scripts.
For self hosting a WordPress blog, you need to buy web hosting plan. But since we are installing it offline on Computer or Laptop, EasyPHP DevServer tool will provide the hosting functionality locally.
You will see two versions (Easy PHP DevServer VC 11 & Easy PHP DevServer VC 9) as shown below. Depending on your Operating System, choose a suitable version and install it.
If you have Windows 7 or 8 OS, choose Easy PHP DEVSERVER VC 11 version or else choose Easy PHP DEVSERVER VC 9 version for Windows XP support.
Step 2) Run EasyPHP DevServer
Go to your Programs > Find EasyPHP DevServer 14.1 > Right Click & “Run as Admin”
Now, your Easy PHP server is ready in the background to handle all PHP files. This is similar to having your own Linux-based hosting offline in your Computer’s hard drive.
Step 3) Add WordPress Module to EasyPHP DevServer
EasyPHP offers various modules to be added to the EasyPHP Dev Server to extend its functionality beyond just offering web hosting functionality. There is a WordPress Module available to be added to EasyPHP Dev Server.
You will see a list of modules under BLOG / CMS section such as Drupal, Joomla, etc by scrolling down the page. Find the WordPress module as shown in below image and download it.
Make sure that the WordPress module version that you select is for the EasyPHP version you selected in Step 1.(That is VC9 or VC11)
(Dont worry if you see older version of WordPress platform because you can update it to latest from the admin dashboard later.)
After downloading the WordPress module, simply install it.
Step 4 ) Just Start Building your WordPress Blog !
Now you are almost ready with your WordPress blog.
In your Browser, Type the URL http://127.0.0.1/home/index.php
(Be sure EasyPHP DevServer is running in the background – Follow Step 2.)
You will see WordPress listed in the Modules. Refer the screen shot below.
Right there, you are having two options.
- Front office – which opens your Blog. This is how your blog will look.
- Back office – which allows you to use your WordPress admin panel. This is where you can edit your blog, publish new posts, edit the codes, install and change themes etc.
In order to use the admin panel, you will have to log in first. Click on the back office link, you will be asked with username and password. Use:
Login name: admin
After login, the panel will ask you to update the WordPress Platform using Internet connection. Just do it ! After updating, you can start using your blog offline.
Note that in order to install or update new themes, plugins, or the WordPress Platform itself, you will need internet connection. If you have the themes and plugins already downloaded in form of zip file, you can import them easily without any need for internet.
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