Sometimes one just needs to install WordPress MU with subdomains locally. Now, most of the processes here are identical to simple WordPress or Joomla install too. The one action needed for WordPress MU install only is getting subdomains to work.
So, here is step by step instruction:
- Get latest XAMPP version: it bundles together php, MySQL, Apache and Perl – easy installation, install it. If Apache won’t start, check if some other program is using ports needed for Apache.
- Go to it’s administration panel. Check that MySQL and Apache is running. Clicking on “Admin…” button for MySQL will lead you to phpMyAdmin interface for your MySQL install. Make databases and users to fit your needs.