Setting up XAMPP on your Windows machine is by far no easy feat, let me tell you! But once it’s installed, it’s a breeze to run and will save you a bunch of time if you need to run WordPress locally. In fact, you’ll forget it’s even there.
Having a localhost environment is an essential part of my WordPress workflow – I couldn’t do my day job without it. I regularly set up new installs of WordPress to test and play with new versions of themes and plugins, and I have multiple Multisite installs set up, too.
What is XAMPP?
XAMPP stands for cross-platform, Apache, MySQL, PHP and Perl. It’s a simple and lightweight solution that allows you to create a local web server for testing purposes.
Since XAMPP is cross-platform, it also works on Mac and Linux, but today we’re going to focus on how to set up XAMPP on Windows 10.
WordPress isn’t a stand-alone application and requires server software in order to run. XAMPP provides the necessary environment needed to run WordPress on a local machine.