WAMP5 is an installer for Windows
It installs a complete Server (WAMP) solution on your Windows computer.
WAMP Stands for :
Windows – Apache – MySQL- PHP5
WAMP5 automatically configures them to work together, wherever you install them on your local drive.
These softwares are installed :
Wampserver service manager
WAMP5 comes with a service manager as an icon tray. This manager will allow you to fully control your server and local projects.
WAMP5 is not designed for production but as a development environment. With WAMP5, you will be able to create you scripts locally on your computer, test them and then upload them on your production server.
The Wamp team have configured Apache and MySQL servers with default configuration files to have the most standard platform. You can then adapt it to your personal needs.
During the Wamp installation, a www directory is created in WAMP5′s directory. Just put your script files (php files) in this directory and access your localhost threw an Internet Windows or the service manager (icon tray).
How to install
Download the latest release of WAMP5 on one of the following sites :
http://www.wampserver.com (French Website)
http://www.en.wampserver.com (English Website)
Double-click on the file to start installing.
WAMP5 will ask you where to install. You can install wherever you want, WAMP5 builds configuration files to reflect your choice. But don’t forget that some scripts and modules don’t like long names and special characters like spaces. We recommend you to leave default directory c:\wamp
WAMP5 will then ask you if want to install the option “Auto Start”.
If you check this option, services will be installed as automatic and a link to the service manager will be copied to your startup menu.
Otherwise, services will be installed as manual and will start and stop with the service manager
After installation, you can directly start using your server. You should first change MySQL’s root default password. You can do it threw PHPmyadmin. Please read PHPmyadmin’s documentation for more information.
How to upgrade
WAMP5 is now build to upgrade directly without loosing your data (since WAMP 1.0).
All you need to do is download the new version, shut down your local server and install this new version. It will automatically detect if you have existing scripts or databases (this will only work if you haven’t moved the /www and /data directories).
Your configuration files won’t be overwritten, just modified to fit changes of versions.
When you install WAMP5, two services are installed on your computer :
wampapache (Apache service)
wampmysqld (MySQL service)
If you choose the ‘Auto Start’ option, those two services will be installed as automatic. This means that they will launch automatically on startup. This is interesting if you want you server to always be available. The service manager will also launch on startup. If you need to stop your server, you can do it threw the service manager or, even simpler, just close the manager, services will automatically stop.
If you don’t choose th ‘Auto Start’ option, services will be installed as manual. This means that they will only run when you start them. This is interesting if you want your server to be available only when you need it. To start your server, just launch the service manager, services will be automatically started. To stop your server, close the manager, services will automatically stop.
You can also disable one of the services if you don’t need it. For example, if you don’t need MySQL, just choose ‘remove service’ threw the service manager. The service will then be stopped and removed. The manager will then only manage the apache service. If you need MySQL again, just choose ‘install service’ threw the manager and start MySQL.
Apache, PHP5 and MySQL all have a configuration files. Here are the location of these files :
You can access these three files threw the service manager. Theses files are unique to WAMP5 so you can have other servers than WAMP5 installed in the same time.
Well using WAMP5 is very easy. Just launch WAMP5 and start coding!