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    Senior Member krystof's Avatar
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    I am not a PHP programmer--I just use PHP "includes" for my website.

    The problem: I can not always get decent internet access. Would be nice to see everything "included" without uploading.

    Someone told me that Dreamweaver can do this but--too expensive. He said there also are free/cheap "PHP editors" that can show "included" pages offline. I found a few lists of "PHP editors."

    But very confusing for a newbie:
    • What they call "parsing" for PHP editors does not seem to refer to actually previewing web pages + includes (?)
    • The PHP IDE Editor (see below) does seem to "preview" the PHP pages--but evidently with something additional called PHP.exe. What is this and is it complicated?
    • I know that http://apache.com has a free server. And http://aprelium.com has reportedly a very easy to set up server with a smaller download. Is this the way to go?


    Ideally, what I would like is an all-in-one program from $0 to $100, that:

    1. Is good for editing HTML.
    2. Has a "preview" feature that allows me to see the "included" PHP files offline.
    3. Has some kind of built-in FTP.

    I am currently using:
    http://HTMLkit.com Very nice and reliable, but of course no ability to show the PHP "includes."

    Below are the most promising PHP editors--but I don't understand the jargon used to sell them. Can anyone tell me of one of these will do the job? Or suggest another? Or should I just install a desktop server?

    Thank you!

    Ace HTML
    http://software.visicommedia.com/en/products/acehtml/

    PHP IDE
    http://www.phpide.de/

    Maguma
    http://www.maguma.com/

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    Senior Member Eddy Bones's Avatar
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    I would just install Apache. You can even get a nice package somewhere that bundles it with MySQL and PHP and installs them all together with a wizard.

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    hi, try this: http://www.appservnetwork.com/
    it's a handy little webserver with apache, php, mysql already in there. same as apache but less hassle to install. it basically makes a webserver on your machine so you can just type in http://localhost/ in your browser

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    Member zingmatter's Avatar
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    There are loads of free hosts out there (if you can be bothered with the ads) - then you needn't worry about how to configure this and that to get it to work.


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