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    Senior Member Sean Thompson's Avatar
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    I want to design wordpress themes and view them on xampp.

    But I'm really stumped by what to do here:

    I installed xampp. I open it up and click "Start" for Apache, MySQL, FileZilla, and Tomcat(the 4 options available).
    Then I open up Firefox and go to http://localhost. I see the normal xampp screen there.

    I've been watching videos like this on how to install wordpress in Xamp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNIEpa5xVLc but they leave out so much info! For example, the guy puts the "wordpress" folder in localhost/xampp/htdocs/Installs . I don't have this page! If I just create a folder in htdocs titled "Installs" and type it in my browser, I just get an "object not found message". In the video, however, that guy's localhost/xampp/htdocs/Installs is a page that says "Index of/ Installs" and has links to "Parent directory" and "wordpress". What can I do to replicate this?

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    Have you installed WP in that directory?
    xampp will look for a file called index.html or index.php when you navigate to that directory.
    It will need to be installed on your root drive (typically c:\)
    So, you'll be installing wordpress at c:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress (wordpress being the directory that you choose to name it.
    Then, to access it via your browser, you would go to http://localhost/wordpress

    You don't need to start filezilla or tomcat and you should make sure that IIS is not running in your processes because that uses port 80. But I don't think that's the problem because you said you are able to see the xampp homepage.
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    Senior Member Sean Thompson's Avatar
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    Thanks for the help, ekim.

    If you just install xampp and open "localhost/xampp/htdocs", you should see an "Index of/ " page, right?

    I get an "object not found"... Not sure why. And I did put WP inside of htdocs but obviously that doesn't work either. I uninstalled and reinstalled. Any other ideas?

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    Make sure all of the services are running properly. If you have another version of MySQL or perhaps IIS running, it'll keep the services from starting. Skype also somehow keeps these services from starting sometimes.
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    When you go to http://localhost you should get the xampp homepage

    In the directory where xampp is installed you will see a subfolder called htdocs
    This is where you will place your wordpress folders.
    There is also a folder in htdocs called xampp (leave that one alone).
    htdocs ends up being your root directory in your browser, "localhost"
    from there, you just add the name of your folder to the URL http://localhost/myFolderName
    You shouldn't be putting the word xampp in your URL.
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    Last night I seemed to have it fixed. I could view my "live" page as well as login to the wordpress interface. Now I can still access my "live" page by going to http://localhost/mysitename/wordpress/

    However, I can't find a way to access the admin area. What url would you suggest? I seem to have tried every combination such as "localhost/mysitename/wordpress/wp-admin"

    I also used "http://localhost/mysitename/wordpress/wp-login.php" which brings up a different login page- I used my login and it doesn't work.

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    did you ever fix your problem and how did you do it?


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