Hi everyone, this is my first post. I've read things on here before but I've been googling for hours and I can't find a solution to this problem.
I'm trying to run wordpress locally, to work on developing a theme for a website. I'm using XAMPP 1.7.3, which has worked fine up until now. I put the wordpress files in XAMPP/htdocs/wordpress, I used PHPMyAdmin to create a MySQL database for the wordpress install, and I updated all the info in wp-config.php. Everything was working fine, until I tried to install the Import plugin to import test posts. Wordpress asked for the FTP connection information (hostname, username, password). I tried localhost, nobody, xampp, as I believe the default ftp info is (apache, mysql, and ftp are all started), but it says "Failed to connect to FTP server localhost:21"
I tried editing the httpd.conf file to put in my username and "staff" as the group, and I tried setting permissions on the entire XAMPP folder to let "everyone" read and write it. Nothing seems to work! I know it's a problem with XAMPP somewhere, because it works just fine on the server for my website, and I know it must be a problem with wordpress not having the correct permissions, or something, since I can FTP in with Filezilla just fine. Unfortunately I didn't get anywhere editing the httpd.conf file. (I also tried restarting XAMPP in between editing the conf file, i.e. turning everything off then turning everything back on again.)
Doesn anyone know what's going on/has anyone had the same problem? I know this question has been asked before in various places, but nothing I could find worked. Thanks so much in advance.