Sunday, June 9, 2013

How to Install XAMPP for Windows

XAMPP, Cross platform-Apache-MySQL-PHP-Perl in its abbreviated form, is a software that is used to (test) run a live website in a local directory of a personal computer. The freeware was developed by Apache Friends and its current stable version is 1.8.1 and it also comes in a lightweight or 'lite' version. The said freeware is said to be 'cross platform' since it can be run in several operating systems such as Windows, MAC OS X, Linux, and Solaris. On the other hand, WordPress and B2evolution are some of the scripts known to work well with XAMPP.

In this article, we will focus on how to install this amazing freeware on a Windows-powered computer.

Step 1: Download a XAMPP installer from the developer's website http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html#641. The installer comes in different forms: Installer, ZIP, and 7ZIP. In this case, click on the Installer' option then you will be redirected to a SourceForge page prompting you that the download will start promptly. For Internet Explorer users, a yellow bar may show up just below the address bar/toolbars (if there you have installed any). Nevertheless, the bar will warn you on the download you are about to make. Click on that yellow bar and choose 'Download File.."

Step 2: Click on the recently downloaded XAMPP installer file, located at the Downloads folder at default. In case a warning dialog box will appear, choose the option 'Allow' to be able to resume with the installation process.

Step 3: A prompt dialog will appear. It will ask you on what language you would like to use. Choose your preferred language and click 'Next'. For Windows Vista users, ignore the message if it prompts you that the program cannot work well if installed in the C:\Program Files folder.

Step 4: The installer will then ask you on the preferred location of the program. If you choose not to change anything, it will be located at the main drive which is C:\ by default. Once you're done, click 'Next'.

Step 5: After clicking next, it will ask you on the program components you would like to install. If you're unsure of which services to use, there are some things you might want to consider: RAM and the development frequency you'd make once this program will be installed. If your computer does not have much RAM, then leaving any of the services unchecked might be of best solution since you can start the servers manually. Once you're done, click 'Install'.

Step 6: If the installer have fully executed all the necessary files, click 'Finish'. It will now ask you if you would like to open the XAMPP Control Panel. Click 'Yes'.

Step 7: Upon clicking 'Yes', a dialog box will appear. This dialog box enables you to manually control the web and MySQL servers based on your preference.

Step 8: When a dialog box prompts you a warning message in running Apache and MySQL, click 'Unblock'. Otherwise, it will interfere the full functionality of the program.

Step 9: Finally, your default testing server could be found at http://localhost/.

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