WAMP is a popular word being heard these days and is seen in many articles on the internet. But what is this WAMP? It is a mini server which can be run on any type of windows operating system. This facility to be able to run on any OS has fetched lot of demand for WAMP.

What is included in WAMP?

One may hear many things such as Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP/Perl/Python. There are varieties of packages that enable WAMP to be installed in a windows environment.

How to Install WAMP?

Download necessary files

The first step in this process is to download the web server Apache HTTPD from the website which is listed in external links. Ensure that you download the Win32 version of Apache, along with the MSI installer. If this is giving trouble while installing go for the latest version in the archives. If you are not able to identify this in the archive version, look for the files which are prefixed with “http”.
What follows next is downloading of the stable PHP latest windows binaries along with its installer.
Next, you need to search for latest Windows x86 versions which will be located at the very bottom of the page and contains the Windows installer for the MySQL database server.
Download the fourth file phpMyAdmin Database Manager phpMyAdmin-2.6.2-pl1.zip
Once you download the individual components, install each one and test it on your browser.

Alternative Methods:

The best alternative is to download the full package of Xampp which contains all the components. This full package has the added feature of a control panel which acts as the admin to control everything. Though small, it is useful for putting a thumb drive that allows you to keep the scripts along with you. It is helpful for developing multiple terminals with an odd schedule.

One more alternative method is using the WIT Suite, which is an easy installer. It just needs a few clicks with which you will get all components such as Apache, MySQL and PHP installed on your computer.

How is WAMP monitored?

A small Icon which can be found on the taskbar displays the WAMP status which lets you know various indications such as:

  • When no services are opened though WAMP is running, the icon would be red in color.
  • When one service is opened along with WAMP running, the icon will appear in yellow.
  • WAMP running with all services would turn the icon’s color to white.

Among all the components, Apache and MySQL are considered as services. These services can be disabled by:

  • Left Clicking the taskbar icon.
  • Moving the cursor to the service which you would like to disable.
  • Selecting the “Stop Service”.

Once everything is done you can access the web pages that you have hosted on the WAMP server by just keying in “http://localhost/”.

You should be aware of the simple concept that WAMP is running if you want to test the address. Also if you want all your content to be shared you have to:
Click on the taskbar tray.
Select “Put Online”.

Ensure that you have internet access in order to proceed further.