Instant WordPress brings all of the site's features and capabilities onto one convenient and easy-to-navigate desktop app. Compatible with all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, and Linux, the WordPress.com widget features an improved My Sites dashboard, which is convenient for managing multiple sites; a new WordPress.com Editor, with in-app previewing and auto-save capabilities; as well as your standard insights and stats, so that you can keep track of how your site is performing.
This tutorial will walk you through the installation process of the WordPress.com desktop software and give you tips on how to get started using it.
Ideal if you are new to WordPress, Instant Wordpress will allow you to easily and quickly access your WordPress dashboard.
The first step is to download the latest version of Instant Wordpress (4.5). Once downloaded, open the file and begin the installation. Save the software to the location of your choice, and then click Close once installation is complete:
A folder named InstantWP 4.5 will appear in the location chosen at installation:
Open the folder and double-click InstantWP.exe to launch it:
The Instant Wordpress admin panel will open. Click WordPress Frontpage:
Your page will open. Next, head back to the Instant Wordpress control panel, and click WordPress Admin. The default username is admin, and the default password is password. Fill in both fields, and select your preferred language:
N.B. We recommend that you change the username and password. You can do it later in your WordPress control panel.
You should now have direct access the Dashboard (Control Panel) of WordPress:
Install WordPress via WAMP
To work your WordPress locally, you can also use WAMP. This solution is more complex, but it does allow you to work on sites other than WordPress.
You can download the latest version of WAMP here. Choose between the 32-bit or 64-bit versions according to your version of Windows. Click the yellow button to go directly to the download if you do not want to fill out the form.
Once installed on your PC, open the WAMP, and launch the installation process by validating each step:
Choose your default browser, and then validate your installation. Click Finish to complete the installation process:
A shortcut will now be available on your desktop. To open it, right-click the folder, and then click Run as administrator. The WAMP logo will show up in your taskbar (it should appear in green). If this is not the case, close the application and restart it.
Download WordPress to PC
To download the latest version of WordPress, go to the official website and click Download. Next, unzip all files from your WordPress folder onto the previously-installed WAMP directory. If you have not changed anything for the installation of WAMP, it should be located in C:/wamp/www/:.
A message will tell you that the index.php file already exists. Change the name in order to continue.
Create Database with WAMP
It's now time to create a database for Wordpress.
Start WAMP (as an administrator) by clicking the green icon on your taskbar, followed by Start services. Then, click again on the WAMP icon > phpMyAdmin.
In the form that appears, type root and enter Root (Admin) as the username and select password. Then, click Run.
In the window that opens, click Databases in the upper-left corner.
Now, give a name to your database. In this case, we will call it Base WordPress. Click Create to confirm.
Now that your database has been created, it's time to install WordPress.
Install WordPress Locally
All that remains now is to install WordPress locally. To do this, click again on the WAMP icon in your taskbar, followed by localhost.
A landing page will open with instructions and general information. Click Let's Go! to get started.
Complete all of the information fields needed, including Database Name (Base WordPress), Username (Root), and Password. Then, click Confirm.
A message will appear indicating that you've successfully passed the first part of the installation. Click Start Installation, and then complete the fields necessary for your project. Then, click Install Wordpress.
Once WordPress finishes installation, you will be able to access the dashboard from your desktop. Launch the app, and enter your WordPress login information as usual. You will be taken to the WordPress control panel, where you can configure any other settings as necessary.
Recover WordPress Through WAMP
After closing the WAMP, you can find your WordPress again by clicking the WAMP icon in your taskbar > localhost. You will be shown a user's view of your site.
To return to the WordPress control panel and make the changes that you want, type http://localhost/wp-admin into the URL bar.