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  • RedHotChili
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    Hey thanks a lot!

    Do you use Linux as well?

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  • ComputerVitals
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    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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  • RedHotChili
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    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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  • Pete838
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    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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  • RedHotChili
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    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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  • Zonex
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    even for experts the just want to click click and be done with it

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  • poolking
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    Originally posted by Rasbelin
    No, no. Don't end up using one of those all-in-one packges. They do IMO far too much on their own compared to how easy it's do it all yourself and learning while you do it. The documentation of Apache, PHP and MySQL are by default good enough for a newbie to do a clear install and configure it. It's anyway something you need to do on your own, because otherwise you don't learn to do the stuff yourself and soon end up having an insecure setup that works like a black box, which contents you don't know properly. When you configure it yourself, you learn how it works and know what's setup and what's not.
    For a total novice the all in one packages are ideal.

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  • Rasbelin
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    No, no. Don't end up using one of those all-in-one packges. They do IMO far too much on their own compared to how easy it's do it all yourself and learning while you do it. The documentation of Apache, PHP and MySQL are by default good enough for a newbie to do a clear install and configure it. It's anyway something you need to do on your own, because otherwise you don't learn to do the stuff yourself and soon end up having an insecure setup that works like a black box, which contents you don't know properly. When you configure it yourself, you learn how it works and know what's setup and what's not.

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  • Zonex
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    xampp rules!

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  • Arsenik
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    PHP Home Edtition is good also : http://sourceforge.net/projects/phphome/

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  • Rover416
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    Originally posted by Colin F
    I use xampp which is an easily installed package that include apache, mysql, php and some other useful things.
    Same here.

    Works great for my local install.

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  • Quillz
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    Try WAMPserver. It bundles PHP 5, MySQL 4 and Apache 2 all into one easy-to-setup package. You can then control your MySQL database(s) via http://localhost/phpmyadmin/.

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  • dogmanstar
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    You can use easyphp also.
    http://www.easyphp.org/

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  • Spacefreak2
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    If you use windows, you could use a WAMP installer (Windows-Apache-MySQL-PHP). You can learn a little about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WAMP

    Manually, this site offers step by step manual WAMP install instructions. Even though you may still want an all-in-one WAMP installer, the descriptions of the install process here can onlyhelp you better understand the elements: http://www.puremango.co.uk/cm_wamp_97.php

    I'm a mac guy myself, and I'm not sure what WAMP installer is best for you. Hopefully somebody else here can recommend the best WAMP installer for a self-proclaimed newbie.

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  • Colin F
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    I use xampp which is an easily installed package that include apache, mysql, php and some other useful things.

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