It had to happen sooner or later. I just couldn’t stay away. I had to have my own server, with my own copy of WordPress running on it!
There were some niggles along the way, of course. I have changed from a 32 to a 64 bit system with the new processor, which rules out some of the simpler solutions, like Xitami. So I plumped for a new Wamp installation, 64bit of course, as I had some familiarity from a previous installation on the old computer.
However, memory being what it is – (mine, I mean) – I did need some prompts with the installation, and found this one – http://www.wpbeginner.com/wp-tutorials/how-to-install-wordpress-on-your-windows-computer-using-wamp/ the best for the job. Not only are the pictures clear and readable, the text is also good English, which is extremely important when you are trying to install software. I mean, “Open directory where WAMP server you have been installed and perform the following steps” does not quite ring true, does it?
On the way, I did get some error messages, such as “Wamp cannot start because Vcruntime140.dll is missing”, and likewise it couldn’t find Msvcr110.dll.
For Windows 64 : Be sure that you have installed the Visual C++ 2010 SP1 Redistributable Package x64 : VC10 SP1 vcredist_x64.exe
Apache will not run without this component.
Once you have Wamp running, it is then a question of making a database for it in MySQL.
Now we come to the delicate bit!
You will of course have already downloaded a copy of the latest WordPress file, which is going to look like “wordpress-4.9.1.zip”. Before we can use this for anything, it has to be unzipped, and we can do this anywhere convenient. I use the Desktop, as its easy to find there.
It unzips into a folder called “wordpress-4.9.1”, which contains …
another folder called “wordpress”, which contains …
the files we need to paste into C:\wamp64\www\
Note:– If we just paste the folder called “wordpress-4.9.1” into www, as here –
we will be making a mistake, and this will cause the dreaded 404 errors (file not found).
We need to remove the other folder called “wordpress” – it does nothing for us, and it is in the way!
So, cut all the files from the “wordpress” folder, and put them into the “wordpress-4.9.1” folder. The “wordpress” folder should now be empty, and you can throw it away!
For convenience, you may like to rename the “wordpress-4.9.1” folder to “mysite” or something more to your liking, as I did. This folder now gets pasted into Wamp, and the end address looks like this:-
Now open your web browser and go to http://localhost/mysite/
This starts you on the famous “5-minute Installation” that WordPress is renowned for, and in no time at all you will be rewarded with this –
a beautiful, freshly minted WordPress site with the theme Twenty Seventeen.
Truly, a site for sore eyes!!!
Happy New Year!