Download XAMPP for your operating system (mine on one computer is Windows 8.1 64-bit, on another Windows 7, etc.) Windows XAMPP download link. If you need Linux or something else, search “XAMPP ____ download.”
Run the program. Just leave all the install options checked so they all install (you don’t need them all, but to keep it simple). I installed all mine.
Run the program once it’s installed.
You may see an error if you have Skype running. This is because Skype and XAMPP use the same “port.” Sign out of Skype. Then click “start” on “Apache” and it should display, “Attempting to start Apache app…
… Status change detected: running.” (If it doesn’t, you have a problem, and you’re going to have to web search out your problem. I won’t be covering that here.) Then click “start” on MySQL” and it should run. You now are running — you have everything you need.
To check it, go to your “browser” (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer or other) and type in “localhost” in the address bar. It should display XAMPP. This means you have sent a request with your browser to look back into your computer and bring up a webpage stored on your computer.
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PART II: continue by testing database (mySQL), scripting language
Select your language and click “phpMyAdmin.”
If you get a screen, it is working.
Go back one screen to the XAMPP interface and click “phpinfo().” If you get a screen, it is working.
PART III: download installer application
Go back one screen again to the XAMPP interface and select WordPress or any installer you want to use.
PART IV: Use XAMPP to work on code for a WordPress site
Type in “WordPress1” in the “Database name” field and click “Create.”
Open “htdocs” (search your computer for “htdocs”) and create a folder called “wordpress1.”