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Using XAMPP as a Test Server

Submitted by on Friday, 15 August 2008One Comment
Using XAMPP as a Test Server

I thought writing about this article would benefit other users who don’t use windows as their operating system (OS) especially those laptops which use Linux- Unix as their OS. This article is related to what i have posted earlier. => Check out this link. XAMPP is basically another free and open source cross-platform web server package, consisting mainly of the Apache HTTP Server, MySQL database, and interpreters for scripts written in the PHP and Perl programming languages. XAMPP is basically an acronym for : X (meaning cross-platform), Apache, MySQL.

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I heard about XAMPP probably like 4 years ago about the same time i heard about Apache when i was taking part time classes at Phoenix one in Makati Philippines . I only got the chance, though, to use this probably like a year ago when i started learning about php and mysql. I was lucky enough to bump into this wonderful, excellent server. The same principles apply here just like WAMPP only that this can be installed for multi-platform env’t. It lets you view your php webpages on your browser without having to upload it to your webhost server, and this supports entirely PHP and MySql. This tool makes it very easy to make changes to your site (or blog) before you upload them.

You can grab a copy of the installation files in this website. IT’S TOTALLY FREE FOR USE. The best about Opensource technology. Installation is pretty much straight forward believe me. Just like WAMP, just unzip/unrar your package to your computer and that’s it! You just need to save your files or website inside htdocs folder found inside xampp folder. To define various websites, you can actually create folders inside the htdocs folder to separate each.

To test if it works, simply place http://localhost in the address bar of your browser. You should be able to view XAMPP’s control panel which would mean that you have successfully installed XAMPP in your system. Subsequently, if you want to create a testing environment for your WP blog, just simply create a new folder inside htdocs. Download WordPress and extract the contents inside the folder you’ve just created. Then go to http://localhost/folder-name, this should prompt you to the WP installation page where you can start defining your database location, username, password. You can refer to this site WP installation for step by step guide or you can read on my related topic link. If you decide not to use this XAMPP anymore, simply delete the xampp folder. You are already uninstalling the webserver itself. =) Try it for yourself. It’s a great webserver.

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