What is Wamp and How to install and use it

What is WAMP?

WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache, PHP and the MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin to easily manage your databases. WampServer is an open source project, free to use (GPL licence).

WampServer installs automatically (installer), and its usage is very intuitive. You will be able to tune your server without even touching the setting files.

WampServer is the only packaged solution that will allow you to reproduce your production server. Once WampServer is installed, you have the possibility to add as many Apache, MySQL and PHP releases as you want.

WampServer also has a trayicon to manage your server and its settings.

WampServer Includes :
– Apache 2.2.11
– MySQL 5.1.36
– PHP 5.3.0

Download WAMP

You can download WAMP for free from WAMP server website or you can directly click here to go to that page

Installing

Double click on the downloaded file and just follow the instructions. Everything is automatic. The WampServer package is delivered whith the latest releases of Apache, MySQL and PHP.

Once WampServer is installed, you can add other releases by downloading them on this website. They will then appear in the WampServer menu and you will be able to switch releases with a simple click.
Each release of Apache, MySQL and PHP has its own settings and its own files (datas for MySQL).

Functionalities

WampServer’s functionalities are very complete and easy to use so we won’t explain here how to use them.

With a left click on WampServer’s icon, you will be able to:
– manage your Apache and MySQL services
– switch online/offline (give access to everyone or only localhost)
– install and switch Apache, MySQL and PHP releases
– manage your servers settings
– access your logs
– access your settings files
– create alias

With a right click :
– change WampServer’s menu language
– access this page

How to start

When you install WampServer, a “www” directory is created (generally c:\wamp\www). Create a directory inside for your project and put your PHP files in it.
Click on the link “Localhost” in the WampServer menu or open your browser and open the http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1 address.

Add Apache, MySQL and PHP releases

WampServer allows you to install almost all the existing releases of Apache, PHP and MySQL so you can reproduce exactly the settings of your production server.
To add a new release, donwload it here and install it.

Then click on the WampServer menu and activate the release that you want to use.

Keep In Mind

Wait until the WampServer icon become white again and start to work.

WARNING : all the PHP releases aren’t compatible with the Apache releases. WampServer knows which releases can work together and lets you know when it is not possible to switch.

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4 Comments+ Add Comment

  • What the crap why will i use WAMP when engineX, LAMP and various others are around

  • Hello Anon,
    You might not use it, but there are n number of people around who use WAMP. Also LAMP (Linux Apache MySql PHP) works for Linux OS while WAMP (Windows Apache MySql PHP) is made for Windows OS.

    Anyways it completely depends on you to select as both are available for free.

  • Regarding:

    “How to start

    When you install WampServer, a “www” directory is created (generally c:\wamp\www). Create a directory inside for your project and put your PHP files in it.
    Click on the link “Localhost” in the WampServer menu or open your browser and open the http://localhost or http://127.0.0.1 address.”

    What PHP files exactly do I put into the directory? Currently, I access my store files through Cpanel, File Manager and they are in my root store/public_html folder. Do I download only the php files at this level to my project directory and not the other files and folders?

    Then, how do I access cpanel > filemanager to manage my templates and PHPMyAdmin to manage my databases and access mystore/admin to manage my categories and products, and test out my site before I make it live?

    Can you point me to a “WAMP User Manual for Dummies”?