Setting up a minimum WordPress installation

As mentioned in Installation section wp-browser will not download, configure and install WordPress for you.

On a high level, once WordPress is installed and configured, whatever local development environment solution you've used, there are some informations you'll need to gather before moving into wp-browser configuration.

While there will be a section dedicated to different environments and setups I will outline below the example setup I will use, in the next section, to configure wp-browser:

  • WordPress is installed, on my machine, at /Users/luca/Sites/wordpress.

  • I'm running MySQL server locally; I can connect to the MySQL server with the command mysql -u root -h 127.0.0.1 -P 3306; there is no password.

  • I've created two databases, wordpress and tests, with the command:

    mysql -u root -h 127.0.0.1 -P 3306 -e "create database if not exists wordpress; create database if not exists tests"
  • I've configured the /Users/luca/Sites/wordpress/wp-config.php file like below (redacted for brevity):

    <?php
    define( 'DB_NAME', 'wordpress' );
    define( 'DB_USER', 'root' );
    define( 'DB_PASSWORD', '' );
    define( 'DB_HOST', '127.0.0.1' );
    define( 'DB_CHARSET', 'utf8' );
    define( 'DB_COLLATE', '' );
    $table_prefix = 'wp_';
    if ( ! defined( 'ABSPATH' ) )
    define( 'ABSPATH', dirname( __FILE__ ) . '/' );
    require_once ABSPATH . 'wp-settings.php';
  • To serve the site I'm usign PHP built-in server with the command:

    (cd /Users/luca/Sites/wordpress; php -S localhost:8080)
  • I can access the WordPress homepage at http://localhost:8080 and the administration area at http://localhost:8080/wp-admin.

  • I've installed WordPress via its UI (http://localhost:8080/wp-admin), the administrator username is admin, the administrator password is password.

  • I'm testing a plugin and that plugin is in the folder, relative to the WordPress root folder, wp-content/plugins/acme-plugin.

With all the steps above done I can now move into the actual wp-browser configuration phase.