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  1. #1
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    I'm a self taught hobbyist and in the process of building my first site, which will has a database of specific businesses searchable by postcode/suburb.

    The HTML is well under control, but I need to build the database search which I want to be able to develop and test on my computer before going 'live'. As advised by others, to do this, I downloaded Apache Server 2.2/MySQL Server 5.1/PHP 5.2 I also downloaded PHP MyAdmin as suggested.

    Everything I do with MySQL is working great, but I just don't get what I am meant to do with Apache/PHP/PHP MyAdmin downloads! I have read(and re-read and re-read again) the installation and setup documentation but they aren't written for hobbyists like me.

    Is there some simple instal/setup/config resources for Apache/PHP/PHPMyAdmin without all the tech jargon that is in each of their own manuals?

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    for quick and safe way please download WAMP - its free and put your folder under C:WAM\WWW\ everything should work. Configure your DB with PHPMyAdmin and no more troubles. Happy PHPing.

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    Junior Member davealan's Avatar
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    wamp is the best way u can export u r database and import the content in to the web in easy steps

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    I highly recommend your development environment match your potential hosting environment. If you do not plan on using a WAMP setup live, then don't use it for development. Sure you can take this approach but there are differences and these will only complicate your learning efforts.

    If you plan on using a LAMP (Linux) environment, then find an old PC and put Linux on it or look at using something like VMware to put a virtual Linux system on your windows box.

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    WDF Staff RickM's Avatar
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    WAMP or XAMPP are both good as long as you dont need to start using specialist php stuff. At that point, you should either setup a virtual linux system, or get yourself a cheap little Linux VPS which will allow you to install everything how it would be on a live server.

    On the other hand, you could always pick up a crappy $1 hosting account. Wouldnt use it for production, but for development/temporary use it would be ok from a reputable/large host.

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    hi,
    i had wamp running on my pc but it didnt have php5.2.4 which i needed for joomla 1.7 so i uninstalled it and now to reinstall the new version with the php i am having problems with it. any help will be appreciated

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    XAMPP is a pretty good idea. Either that, or you can use a cheap VPS or similar. I recommend Amazon EC2- it offers pay-by-the-hour virtual servers that can be instantly set up pre-installed with the standard LAMP stack. Useful for quick development, and you can turn it off (and not pay) when its not being used.


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