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  • #16
    I too am considering doing the same thing as this guy, tweaking the software offline using my local machine before going online with a hosting company.

    1. Is the following advice by Rasbelin still good?

    2. Do most hosting companies use Linux instead of Windows? And if so, shouldn't I set up Linux on a dedicated HDD with the recommended software packages so that the customizations I make OFFLINE will be guaranteed to appear ONLINE? I've heard that making tweaks under Windows may sometimes be lost when switching to Linux, and vice versa. Can anyone comment on this?

    Thanks.

    Originally posted by Rasbelin View Post
    You need to setup a local testbed on your own computer. For that you will need a web server program (Apache recommended), PHP (hypertext processing engine) and MySQL (database server software). These are all free Open Source programs, so you can download them for free. All three are available for Windows and there's good documentation available.

    Apache - http://httpd.apache.org/
    PHP - http://www.php.net/
    MySQL - http://dev.mysql.com/

    Download the newest Windows versions of Apache 2.x, PHP 4.x and MySQL 4.0, plus read the installation steps laid out in the documentation. Remember that this is something you all learn by doing yourself, so don't rush and take your time.

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    • #17
      Most hosting companies do use Linux.
      I would prefer to use an inexpensive hosting company as a testing server. I have an account with www.iipanel.com hosting that only costs a few (under $5) dollars a month. And for a low bandwidth that is plenty. I host a board with them that has several hundred members, and it barely touches the bandwidth $10 buys.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pete838 View Post
        Most hosting companies do use Linux.
        I would prefer to use an inexpensive hosting company as a testing server. I have an account with www.iipanel.com hosting that only costs a few (under $5) dollars a month. And for a low bandwidth that is plenty. I host a board with them that has several hundred members, and it barely touches the bandwidth $10 buys.
        Thanks for the link. I'll look into them when I'm ready to go online.

        But I'd rather not do my customization and tweaks online - i.e. on a live site - if I can help it. It may take me weeks (considering the amount of learning I'm going to need to give the site the look I'm after) and I may want to do all my learning (read mistakes) while offline.

        I'll look into using a dedicated hard drive with Linux loaded onto it as has been suggested to me. It would be nice to hear from others who have done something similar to this.

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        • #19
          Instead of installing php, mysql apache..

          You can use easyphp
          I use this when i do my upgrades. Install easyphp. load the database and files.

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          • #20
            Hey thanks a lot!

            Do you use Linux as well?

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