I already have Apache 2.47 and PHP 5.5.9 installed and working properly on my Windows 7 64-bit Home Edition computer.
I would like to install WordPress locally for testing purposes, but I realize I need to setup mySQL first. I'm running into difficulty with this, and can't wrap my head around it.
I downloaded the Windows installer: mysql-installer-web-community-126.96.36.199.msi. I used this to install mySQL server, and mySQL Workbench.
In php.ini I uncommented extension=php_mysql.dll and restarted Apache.
That is as far as I've been able to get. I know I need to enter the database information in wp-config, but I cannot figure out how to actually create a mySQL database that Apache/PHP can access.
As of now, if I navigate to localhost/wordpress/index.php I just get the following message: "Your PHP installation appears to be missing the MySQL extension which is required by WordPress."
Does anyone have some instructions as to how to set up a mySQL DB that Apache/PHP/WP can access?
Thanks in advance.