If you’re fond having your own server setup locally, then you should really give a thought of having a WAMP server installed on your local machine. It’s always a good idea to have your own local setup in case you want to learn the server management. Besides, having a server installed on your machine encourages you to master different applications that require a server to run. If you’re running a business which relies on a working DNS, you may wish to look into the dns performance test services offered by ThousandEyes. Those looking to improve their server or computer systems may want to investigate hardware upgrades that could be made too, like installing rackmount monitors (https://www.rackmountsales.com/) which allows for better accessing of the network from the system itself.
In this article, we will discuss how to download and install WAMP server on a Windows 10 (64-Bit) machine.
WAMP Server Free Download
Since WAMP is an open-source application, downloading it is absolutely free. However, one point to keep in mind is that the term, “open-source” does not necessarily mean, “Free”.
Just follow this link and download the setup file on your computer. As I have Windows 10 64-Bit installed on my computer, I will download the WAMP server for 64-Bit Windows 10.
Install WAMP server
Once you have the file downloaded, follow the below steps to install the WAMP server.
- Open the setup file to initiate the installation wizard.
- Select the language of the installation wizard and select OK.
- Accept the agreement and click Next.
- Select the installation folder where you want your WAMP server to be installed. My tip would be to keep it simple and do not change the default options. The reason is that the default root folder is not only a location where the server files are installed but also the location that your web browser accesses when creating web pages on your local machine. Changing the default location will only make your life a tidbit difficult. So even go through this trouble? Click the Next button to start the installation.
- During the installation, the setup will ask you for your default web browser. Click yes, if you want to go with the default choice (Internet Explorer). In case you want to change the browser, click No and then select the location of the browser file in your computer and then click Next to start the installation.
- Click the Finish button to complete the installation.
Starting the WAMP Server
After installing the server following the above steps, starting it is even easier. Just double-click the executable file and look at the icon-tray (bottom-right side) of your computer.
At this point, it’d be best to discuss what starting the WAMP server means.
The WAMP server runs three distinct services.
- APACHE (Web server)
- MySQL (Database)
- PHP (Server-based language)
In order for the WAMP server start completely, it has to initiate all the three services above.
When the WAMP server icon is red,  it means that the server hasn’t started yet.
The Orange WAMP server icon  means that the server is either starting or one of any three services above failed to start.
The green icon  means that the server has started and all the services are running successfully.
How to check if the WAMP server is running fine?
Other than the green icon we talked about above there’s one more way to see if the server is running fine.
- From your icon-tray, click the WAMP server icon. Presumably, green.
- From the list, click on the Localhost
- This will take you to the web address, http://localhost/. If your server is running fine, it will take you to the WampServer dashboard.
- In case there’s something wrong with your server, the localhost address ends up in “Page not found” error.
Note: This local host is actually the root folder where your server is installed. So if you want to run any web page on your server, you will have to access it relative to this default location. For example, if you create a web page say, index.php, in order to access this page through your browser, you need to write the following address in your browser’s address bar: http://localhost/index.php
So that’s how you can install the WAMP server on windows 10 machine. I’d definitely recommend you installing it on your computer as well so that you can learn and apply your server-side skills without paying for any subscription online. It would also help to know the answer to what is an intranet? if you’re building this for a business. Businesses utilizing servers and networks should have an understanding of how to configure hsrp, as detailed by Indeni.