@cheekbones3 - what are the errors that it is "chucking"?
Are the errors appearing when you try to start the Uniform Server?
If so, the primary culprit for this is that you have spaces in the path to where it is located ... for example if you put it in My Documents ... see the problem? :) this is why I always put it on the desktop or in the Downloads folder ... try moving it there if this is the case.
WAMP is OK, but I find the Uniform Server to perform faster and as mentioned, it doesn't "install" anything. And I have used most of them :)
JSAS, Ravenswood, EasyPHP, XAMPP, WAMPServer, Uniform Server
XAMPP, MAMP, MAMP Pro for the Mac
You also say that it "appears to run" ... this is odd, because it really doesn't! LOL! :) The one sure-fire way you know it's up and running is that when you:
- double click the Start.exe
- click the OK in the "UniTray created in System Tray ..." dialog
- click the blue square with the white 1 icon in the system tray and...
- click the top most menu item "Start UniServer (Apache MySQL)"
... the UniServer Start Page appears in your default browser :) THEN you know it's running.
Did you have a look at the instructions on their site as well as here for how to install WP locally? ;)
If not, here's a quickie version (once you have the server running as noted above)
- within the UniServer folder is the www folder; this is the root of your local web server
- for utter simplicity, just copy the WP zip to this www folder
- extract (unZIP) file (if you do not know how to do this ... well ... there is the "big G" :)
- once that is done, you should now have a folder in the www folder named wordpress and within that are all the files and folders for a WP install
Before you begin the install, you have to create a new, empty database:
- enter http://localhost/apanel/phpMyAdmin/ into your browser address bar and press Enter/Return
- in the right pane, click Databases (top left)
- in Create new database enter wordpress, then click the Create button
- when the "Database wordpress has been created" appears, you can close the tab
... then ...
- to start the installation, enter localhost/wordpress into the address bar of your browser and press Enter/Return
- at the Database Details page, enter the following FOR THE UNIFORM SERVER (other servers will have different values for the password)
Database name: wordpress
NOTE: THIS IS FOR THE DATABASE CONNECTION and has NOTHING TO DO with logging into your WP site! Also there are NO OPTIONS HERE!!! The User and Password are TOTALLY DEPENDENT UPON WHICH SERVER YOU ARE USING!!!
YOUR options come when you get to the Site Details page and you enter the Admin name and Admin password :)
Once you get through the install, to access the "front end" of your site, enter localhost/wordpress and to get to the admin login, enter localhost/wordpress/wp-admin
REMEMBER! Any time you want to access the site or the admin, the servers HAVE TO BE RUNNING!