When you download WordPress to your local server via MAMP or XAMPP you should rename that folder to whatever your site will be called. We called our simple-wordpress so that’s what I renamed the folder in the htdocs folder. The next thing you need to do is open your browser and browse to either http://localhost/simple-wordpress (xampp on pc) or http://localhost:8888/simple-wordpress (mamp on mac). One you enter the URL WordPress will be recognized and you will be presented with a page that will walk you through the WordPress installation. Once you come to the database page you’ll need to open phpMyAdmin and create a database. I named ours simple_wordpress. (note: I use an underscore because lowercase names separated by underscores is a common naming convention).
When you do a default install for MAMP or XAMPP you have a default super user. Here is the info you should use for each:
If you are worried about these passwords being lame and you are concerned about security don’t sweat it right now. This is just a local install. Most of the time when I build a site, it’s just me and although I don’t trust myself 100%, I think I’ll be OK with having super user rights on a site I am developing by myself. If you are working on a team and you fear sabotage, set up a new user for the database with a decent password. You should also get in the habit of backing up your database.
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