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Installing Xampp and WordPress

This article is written for Windows XP Home & XP Pro(only if you stop IIS).
First go and download XAMPP Lite from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html. You can choose a larger package if you need, but for WordPress, the Lite package is fine.
You can choose one of two download packages – the ZIP or the EXE. If you are unsure, choose the EXE as this will install itself. (The EXE is also smaller).
Move the downloaded EXE file to the root of the drive. In my case, this is C:\

Double-click the file and the extract dialog will appear:

Click extract – and wait a few moments while it does it’s job.
You will then have the xampplite directory at root:

Now you need to start Xampp.
Open the xampplite folder.
You should be seeing a screen with these files (among others) on:

Click “setup_xampp.bat”

Once you have the success message, you can click “xampp-control.exe”

Now click both indicated buttons to get xampp working in the way we need

You’ll know it’s working when you see this

Now you need to see it all properly.
In your browser, enter the address http://localhost/xampp/splash.php

After you have clicked your language and entered the program, click phpMyAdmin.

Copy exactly what is in this image and press Create.

That is xampp completely sorted out for now.

Download and unzip WordPress.
Open the file wp-config-sample.php
These are the exact details you need for Xampp to work because the default user in phpmyadmin is called ‘root’ and there is no password.

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’); // The name of the database
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘root’); // Your MySQL username
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ”); // …and password
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value

Copy those details into your wp-config file, and save it as wp-config.php

Now you need to copy the files to the right place.
Click the Start button, followed by My Computer > Main drive > Xampplite > htdocs
Copy the whole WordPress folder into this directory.
In your browser, go to http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php and everything from there should run smoothly !


  • You do not need to use the inbuilt editor to change any WP files. Just open them directly in your text editor, make your changes and then save. As there is no uploading to do, it makes things much much faster – and you can do this without an internet connection too.
  • If you want to use permalinks, you will need to make a change inside another file:
    Click the Start button, followed by My Computer > Main drive > Xampplite > apache > Conf and find the file httpd.conf. Open that in a text editor. Use the search facility in the editor to find “rewrite”. The line you need looks like this:

    #LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

    You need to take away the hash sign so it looks like this

    LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

    Now just save the file.

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Install WordPress on Your Computer Using WampServer

How to Set up a Wamp Server

Step 1

Download the WampServer.

Step 2

Run the installer, using the default options provided.

Step 3

Double click the Wamp icon on your desktop .

On your taskbar, near the time in the bottom right corner of your desktop, left click on the semicircle button and Click “Put online”.

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How To Add Favicon In WordPress Blog

favicon How To Add Favicon In WordPress Blog9A favicon icon is a small icon which also sometimes called a website icon.It is displayed in the tiitle bar of the browser when you open a website.It can be animated or a simple image of size 16*16 px.Installing favicon in wordpress is simple task that can be implemented by two methods.Both of these methods are so simple that even a newbie can do it easily.Lets start the tutorial to add favicon into your wordpress blog.This tutorial is only for self hosted blogs.
The two methods to install favicon are

1. Install favicon manually (recommended)
2. Install favicon using a plugin
We reccomend that you should install the favicon manually becuase it is quite simple and you need to have atleast this much knowlege of wordpress.Moreover if you decide to go for the plugins to add the favicon into your wordpress blog then also you have to perform half of the steps manually as no completely automatic plugin is available till date.So, why not do it yourself and learn something new.

Before installing a favicon you should have following
1. A ftp client like filezilla.
2. A favicon image of size 16*16 saved with name favicon.ico(you can download favicons for free at http://www.favicon.cc)
Here is the step by step tutorial

1. Upload the favicon.ico file into your themes directory using filezilla.The address of the directory would be something like this “/wp-content/themes/your_theme_name/ “(without quotes).
2. Now go to your wordpress admin panel.
3. Click on appearance and then on editior.
4. Open header.php file.
5. Add the following code “<link rel=”shortcut icon” href=”<?php bloginfo(‘template_directory’); ?>/favicon.ico” />” (without quotes) anywhere before the </head>  clossing tag .
6. Now save the file.And thats it.

Close the browser and open your website.You will see your favicon.If still it is not visible  then clear the cache and cookies of your browser and open the website again.

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