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Thread: Do I need a Virtual Server?

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    Do I need a Virtual Server?

    I have begun taking a couple of offline classes - CMS and web development. I need to be able to download and work with Drupal and Wordpress on my own computer. Do I need a virtual server? If so, which one do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by delstu View Post
    I have begun taking a couple of offline classes - CMS and web development. I need to be able to download and work with Drupal and Wordpress on my own computer. Do I need a virtual server? If so, which one do you recommend?
    To work with Drupal or WP on your local machine or even live doesn't really require a vps. I know most shared hosts allow for WP to be installed and probably Drupal as well.

    I just moved from GoDaddy's shared hosting to my first VPS with SectorLink based on Games recommendations and my struggle to find any reason not to online. Anything you can do on a VPS you can do on your local machine for the most part. Linux has more freedom but overall its just like having another computer you are using remotely.


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    If you're using a Windows computer to develop with, permit me to show you one of Microsoft's most awesome secrets. It's called Web Platform Installer (WPI).

    https://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx

    You can use that tool to pretty much download and install everything that you'll need to get WordPress/Drupal going (although they call it Acquia Drupal, and I have no idea whether or not that's the same thing since I don't use it). Get IIS, PHP, MySQL, WP, Drupal from there...let WPI do the work for you,

    Give yourself about 30-45 minutes for the install and a few hours to figure out the things that you want to do specifically that either don't get installed or require tweaking on your part and you're golden. Alternatively, you can spend money on hosting but for learning an offline course I wouldn't recommend it.
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    I like to use Cloud9 IDE (http://c9.io). With it, there's little need to install anything locally. It's essentially an Ubuntu instance with a full featured IDE on top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronald Roe View Post
    I like to use Cloud9 IDE (http://c9.io). With it, there's little need to install anything locally. It's essentially an Ubuntu instance with a full featured IDE on top.
    Are you able to work offline with Cloud9? I have been hearing some good things about it, but no one has really mentioned to me if it has an offline option? Only reason I ask is because sometimes when I travel I will code offline when I have no wifi access.


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    There is no ability to use it offline. You can, however transfer files via FTP, SFTP, Git or a zip packaged download.
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    What OS are you using? You can just install WAMP or XAMPP in your computer. Download the Drupal or Wordpress package, extract it and place it in your htdocs or www folder then configure its database. Edit their config file and test your site in your browser using localhost/directoryname.

    Hope this helps.

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    You do not need a virtual private server or anything else beyond a tiny shared web space account.
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    Any particular reason someone from Chicago is using a German DSL connection? Seems like kind of a long journey from Chicago to Germany just to post on WDF.
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