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Basic Install Problem.. Prob a quick fix for anyone not a noob like me (9 posts)

  1. beardedmurphy
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I have not paid for a hosting site, I am trying to run WP.org through WAMP. I followed the "famous 5-minute install" provided in the WP readme. However, as I try to open wp-admin/install.php in my browser I get this:

    "WordPress requires that your web server is running PHP. Your server does not have PHP installed, or PHP is turned off."

    I am trying to understand how to apply PHP (not sure if I need to install something or turn on something) to this, but I can't make heads or tails of it.

    If anyone could explain this as simplistic as possible, I would greatly greatly appreciate it.


  2. jonradio
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I've never used WAMP, but I see from this page
    that there are several ways to do it. I wanted to direct your attention to that section of that page in case it helps.

    Otherwise, I'd suggest xampp as an alternative. Despite running WordPress for 5 years, I only tried xampp and really like it for testing and development. I am running Windows 8. xampp is here:

    Only things to know, from my perspective, were to use phpmyadmin to create your database and user ID for the database; and ftp doesn't work "out of the box". You have to create an ftp ID in FileZilla Server, which is installed as part of xampp. Kind of pointless though, as you can just copy files through Windows File Explorer to c:\xampp\htdocs

  3. jonradio
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Ah, here is the xampp page I was looking for:

  4. jonradio
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Re-reading what I wrote, I see that I could be accused of not answering your question. If you still want to get WAMP working, please indicate how you installed WAMP, as there are so many different ways to do it.

  5. beardedmurphy
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hey, thanks so much for all the response. I am currently working through your suggestion of using xampp to see if that helps me any further.

    As far as WAMP goes... I just downloaded it from wampserver.com then extracted it to my C drive.
    Once it was extracted and running I ran through the 5-min install. I am sure I completely missed applying PHP to the process, but I'm not sure how to....


  6. beardedmurphy
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I ran through xampp, but I have exactly the same issue.... I can't seem to apply PHP.. i keep getting:

    "Error: PHP is not running

    WordPress requires that your web server is running PHP. Your server does not have PHP installed, or PHP is turned off."

    When i try to open "wp-admin/install.php" from wordpress file I know it must be something very basic I am missing, and can't seem to figure it out...

  7. maoski
    Posted 1 year ago #

    what happens if you type localhost into your browser?

  8. jonradio
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I found the answer, I think:

    I suspect you are trying to open install.php through File-Open in your browser, rather than typing http://localhost/wp-admin/install.php

  9. beardedmurphy
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Found the answer! Thanks so much for all the help guys!
    Here is what happened...

    Left click the wampserver icon
    Navigate to Apache->Service
    Press "Remove service" and then navigate there again and press "Install service"
    Restart wampserver, start/restart all services and try to put it online again
    you can check out if the port 80 is open for wampserver by clicking "test port 80" inside the Apache->Service submenu
    There is apparently some kind of bug or misunderstanding and wampserver didn't knew where the apache is installed

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