Install WAMP server (quick guide)

Despite different “philosophies”, I always set my work environment on a Windows PC, for various reasons, one of them is the amount of available applications that greatly makes my work easier, of course I know the free alternatives in Linux, but WAMP gives you that sense of “free” on your Windows machine.
WAMP is an All-in-one environment that provides a web server (Apache HTTPD), PHP, MySQL and a set of utilities that let you quickly do some database management, testing and adjust the behavior of the server itself. Let’s start by downloading the installer that suits us from the url http://www.wampserver.com/en/.

 

Once on http://www.wampserver.com/en, click on the right installer for your windows architecture (i.e. download the x64 if you have a 64bits OS)

Wampserver Download page

Note: Before installing wampserver, VC++ libraries are needed, So go to http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30679 and download the relevant installer (for 32bit vcredist_x86.exe, 64bit vcredist_x64.exe)
Once you are ready, execute the installer and you will see the following screen:

Welcome screen for wamp server installation

Notice the products that are going to be installed by WAMPserver (left side of the picture), click Next

Accept the license agreement by clicking next

License Agreement for Wamp Server

Select the installation folder for WAMP server, (you can leave the default folder at C:\wamp)

Wampserver installation folder

Click Next to continue

At this screen, select if you want desktop or start menu icons for quick access to WAMP.

Do you want icons?

Click Next to continue

Check the installation data before continue,

Make sure everything is ok

If everything looks ok, click Install

Wait until the installation is done,

Waiting for success

 
WAMP server asks you for your default browser, this doesn’t really affect the functionality of the product, you can look for your Chrome, Firefox or Opera executables on this screen,

Choose wisely

If you want, just hit the “Enter” key to use the default value

You can set your STMP data here if you want to enable the SMTP functionality for PHP,

SMTP settings (optional)

Once ready, click Next

With your installation ready, go to your start menu and look for the WAMP server app (usually labeled as “Start wampserver“),

Here is an example of how wampserver app looks

Once you click at the app, a taskbar icon will appear,

iconoEnTaskbarThat W icon is your wampserver running 

 

If you have followed all these steps, then your WAMP installation is ready and started, go to your browser and type: http://localhost (check your firewall if you are somehow blocked at this point).

Main PHP page of wampserver

This is main index.php provided by wampserver

 

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