From Romain Bourdon:
WampServer is a utility designed to allows you to create Web applications and manage your server and databases. WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin and SQLiteManager to easily manage your databases. WampServer installs automatically (installer), and its usage is very intuitive. You will be able to tune your server without even touching the setting files. WampServer is the only packaged solution that will allow you to reproduce your production server. Once WampServer is installed, you have the possibility to add as many Apache, MySQL, and PHP releases as you want. WampServer also has a tray icon to manage your server and its settings.
What's new in this version:
Version 3.0.6 may include unspecified updates, enhancements, or bug fixes.
The install couldn't be easier. Right click the tray icon to access everything. It's also useful as a lan server for using wordpress and all its community features in an office, for example.
If you had a windows server installed, you'll need to uninstall it and all it's extra pieces. I had to disable my windows firewall to make the server accessible over the lan, but I didn't want to spend a lot of time to find the right firewall setting and security wasn't an issue on our secure lan.
Wordpress works great, you just need to install a mysql database first, then you can use automatic install.
The address in the network is just the ip of the machine where wampserver is installed, like 192.168.0.5 which will go to the www directory. Sub directories are addressed normally, like 192.168.0.5/wordpress
Wampserver comes with phpmyadmin, but I use adminer myself--simply drop the adminer file into the www directory.
Wordpress works normally with automatic updates, plugins, etc.
You don't have to configure mysql--it's setup automatically. You just have to create a database to use with wordpress which is not that hard. You might find adminer easier to use than phpmyadmin--just put the adminer file in the www directory and login as root without a password. But yeah, it will take a little reading to figure it out if you're unfamiliar with setting up a database.
I couldn't get wamp to come up on my system so rather than trouble-shoot it I uninstalled it and tried xampp http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html instead. xampp worked great for me right out of the chute on a wide variety of platforms (2000 server, XP, Vista, even Windows 7 release candidate). xampp is easy to use. I had my most complicated web site (including php and mysql) up and running on my 2000 server with minimal effort and little frustration. I love the firezilla FTP server too - it makes managing my test - user acceptance - production migrations a piece of cake. so - wamp is probably OK, I probably COULD have made it work - but xampp is simply better.