How to install PivotX in XAMPP Windows 11

PivotX is a another free content management system that you can use to build or create blogs. It was first developed in 2001 under the name Pivot. Its last stable released was on June 21, 2015 which is the PivotX 2.3.11 but in 2017 it was announced that it's no longer actively developed. For this tutorial, we are going to create a weblog out of it. The first thing that you are required to do is download the files that I already provided the link below.


Assuming that you downloaded the files above, continue to the tutorials below.

Table of Contents

  • XAMPP Installation
  • Opening XAMPP and running Apache and MySQL
  • Copying and pasting PivotX installation folder inside htdocs
  • Creating a database needed for PivotX installation
  • Installing PivotX website using localhost via web browser
  • Opening PivotX website homepage
  • Accessing PivotX website admin page

Here are the steps on how to install PivotX website using XAMPP in Windows pc

XAMPP Installation

1. Open the XAMPP file that you downloaded. If a Warning regarding User Account Control (UAC) appears, just ignore it and press OK.

xampp installation warning about user account control

2. Under Setup - XAMPP, just press NEXT to proceed.

xampp installation wizard welcome page

3. Under Select Components, do not change anything, just press NEXT again to proceed.

xampp installation select components

4. In the Installation folder, do not change the default location which is C:\xampp. Just leave it and press NEXT to continue.

xampp installation folder c xampp

5. Under Bitnami for XAMPP, just uncheck it and press NEXT again.

bitnami for xampp

6. We are now ready to install XAMPP. Press NEXT again to start.

xampp is ready to install

7. Wait for the installation to finish.

xampp is unpacking and installing

8. When done, click on Finish to exit XAMPP installer.

xampp is successfully installed

Opening XAMPP and running Apache and MySQL

1. To run XAMPP Control Panel, you can go to Start and search for xampp. You can also go to This PC > C drive > xampp > and then click xampp-control.exe. Inside control panel, click the Start buttons for Apache and MySQL

start apache and mysql in xampp control panel

2. Apache and MySQL are both running now, when you see two Stop buttons.

apache and mysql is now running in xampp control panel

3. If a Windows Security Alert appears, just press Allow access to proceed.

allow access for windows security alert regarding xampp mysqld.exe

Copying and pasting PivotX installation folder inside htdocs

1. Extract the pivotX zip file that you downloaded. Rename the extracted folder as pivotx for this tutorial. Copy the pivotx folder and go to This PC.

search for this pc windows 11

2. Inside This PC, open your C drive.

windows 11 c drive

3. Inside C, open xampp folder.

xampp folder located in c drive windows 11

4. Then open htdocs folder.

htdocs folder located in xampp folder c drive windows 11

5. Paste your pivotx folder inside htdocs.

copying and pasting the pivotx installation folder inside xampp htdocs

Creating a database needed for PivotX installation

1. To create a database needed for PivotX installation, open your web browser and go to and press ENTER.

accessing xamp localhost using internet browser

2. Inside, click the phpMyAdmin link.

accessing phpmyadmin using xampp localhost

3. Then inside phpMyAdmin, click Databases.

accessing phpmyadmin via xampp localhost to make pivotx database

4. In the Create database, name it as pivotx_db and next to it set it to utf8mb4_unicode_ci. Press Create to proceed.

pivotx database name

5. In Create table, name your table as pivotx_table and set the Number of columns to 4. Press Go to proceed.

pivotx create table, table name

6. In structure, name it as pivotx and set Type to INT.

pivotx structure name

7. Under Collation, set it to utf8_unicode_ci and leave all the other fields blank.

pivotx collation utf8_unicode_ci

8. Save your work.

save structure collation for pivotx

Installing PivotX website using localhost via web browser

1. We are now ready to install our pivotX website. Open your web browser and go to and press ENTER.

accessing pivotx installation folder via xampp localhost using web browser

2. Under Setup user do the following: Username - admin. Password - your desired admin password (confirm it and do not forget it). Email - enter a valid email address. Nickname - Administrator. Default Language - English. Database Model - MySQL. Username - root. Password - blank or none. Database name - pivotx_db. Hostname - localhost. Table Prefix - pivotx_. When done, press Continue to proceed.

pivotx installation setup user

3. Done! You just added a user and created your pivotX website already.

pivot installation user added successfully

Opening PivotX website homepage

1. To open your pivotX website homepage, just go to or localhost/pivotx.

sample pivotx website homepage

Accessing PivotX website admin page

1. To access your pivotx website admin login page, just go to

sample pivotx website user login page

2. Enter your username and password. Press Login to proceed.

login admin username and password pivotx website

3. Here is the sample pivotX website administration page which is only accessible to you as owner and administrator of your website.

sample pivotx website administration page

You have successfully created a website blog out of PivotX CMS. You can start to posts and edit its settings using your admin account. If you want to upload it online, then, you can register for a free web hosting with Cpanel to do. If you have a question regarding this post, you can leave a comment below. Thank you!

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