XAMPP is a unified software package that bundles all the necessary elements for creating a fully functional server environment. The system includes not only the basics, like the Apache web server, the MySQL database, and the PHP language support, but also useful tools such as phpMyAdmin.
XAMPP is cross-platform compatible and can be installed on Windows, Linux, or Mac. This Appendix provides a step-by-step guide to installing XAMPP on a Windows machine.
At the conclusion of this process you will have a functional server on your Windows machine that allows you to run Joomla! locally.
Follow these steps to acquire the XAMPP installation package and get it set up on your local machine.
Connect to the Internet and open your browser.
Direct your browser to
www.apachefriends.org The web page loads in your browser.
Click on the main menu choice XAMPP. The XAMPP page loads.
Click the links XAMPP for Windows. The XAMPP for Windows page loads.
Click the download link. The page jumps to the Download packages list.
Click the Installer option. A new window opens and goes to Sourceforge.net's downloads page.
Select the download link next to the option XAMPP Windows. A new page loads listing the available download packages.
Select the option xampp-win32-1.7.1-installer.exe. The download should begin automatically.
A pop-up menu prompts you to save the file. Click OK. The software installer downloads to your computer. After it is complete, you can move ...