WAMP is a group of open source software used to get web servers up and running. The acronym stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP
WAMP is the Windows specific version.
WAMP is free and easy to use.
- The first thing you need to do is go to the WampServer website and download the latest WampServer. You will be presented with various options on their download page. Simply choose the one that applies to your Windows (64-bit or 32-bit). When in doubt, select the 32-bit version because it will also work on 64-bit versions of Windows.
- Once you have downloaded Wamp Server, run the installation program and carefully follow on-screen instructions.
- At one point during the installation, Wamp Server will ask for the location of the default web browser.
By default it will use Internet Explorer, but you can change that to Google Chrome or Firefox by locating the browser in Program Files.
- Once you are done with the installation, launch WampServer.
TESTING THE INSTALLATION
Now that everything has been installed let’s test everything out.
Using one of the icons you created, or Start –> All Programs –> WampServer –> start WampServer, you can launch the management console. Once opened, it will appear in the lower right hand corner of your screen.
If WAMP is not started go ahead and click Start All Services. If you are not sure whether or not WAMP is running, look for the small green W icon in your toolbar. If it is red, WAMP services are stopped, green means everything is running while orange means some services are running.