In this video I will walk you through the installation process for a portable version of XAMPP on a flash drive. In the event that you are having trouble wit. WARNING: External drive letters like d: are valid only for the logged in Windows User. If you are running Apache as a service (there is an option in Xampp Dialog), Apache is started from User 'SYSTEM', which does NOT know d: drive.
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As a PHP developer, you sometimes need to share your XAMPP installation to different computers. This might be to show your teammates what you’ve worked so far or allow them to change a code too. You might also have several computers and you need to access XAMPP from all of them.
To access XAMPP in another computer on your local network, you just have to know the Computer name of the one where you install xampp. For example, the netbook where I installed XAMPP has a computer name lenovo. To access my XAMPP installation from another laptop, I just have to go to http://lenovo or http://lenovo/xampp.
If you can’t access the XAMPP homepage from another computer on your local network, you might be running a firewall on the computer you’re trying to access it from.
You have to make sure that httpd and mysqld are allowed through your Windows Firewall. To do this, open Windows Firewall by searching for windows firewall from the Start Menu.
Open Windows Firewall and click on Allow a program or feature through Windows Firewall on the left side of the screen. Click the Change Settings button and make sure httpd.exe and mysqld.exe are checked. Try to access http://computer_name and see if you can already access XAMPP.
If you don’t know the computer name of the one where XAMPP is installed, just right click on My Computer and choose Properties. It should be there.
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To really be able to develop for WordPress or another CMS it’s best to have a local web server. This will save you time in FTPing and editing remote files on your final server. I used to use WAMP server, although very good, it had some limitations. I found I was switching between my desktop and laptop, making things unnecessarily complicated. Than I discovered XAMPP Lite, which I installed on a USB stick, and it works great. Another simple option is Instant WordPress, I haven`t played around to much, but I think you are much more limited.
Installing XAMPP Lite
Installing XAMPP lite is pretty straight forward, use the link below to use the self extracting EXE file.
Download XAMPP USB Lite 1.7.7 – as an EXE file, Zip and 7zip can be downloaded here.
Launch the Installer, and browse where you want to install XAMPP.
Select the flash drive and directory you wish to use. You should have at least 400 MB of free space, plus how ever much space you need for your website, and databases.
Click install, all of the files will be extracted to your flash drive. This may take a few moments depending on your flash drive’s speed.
Click Finish and you are now done!
Launching XAMPP is very easy. Navigate to the directory on your USB drive and launch xampp-control.exe.
Click Start beside Apache and MySql to get your webserver running.
Please note: Do not check the Svc box, as this will run the server as a Windows service. To keep XAMPP portable, you do not want it running as a service!
Windows Firewall or your firewall may prompt you that it blocked the server; click Allow access to let your server run.
Open your favorite web browser and type localhost in the address bar. If everything is working correctly you should see the following in your address bar. Choose your default language…
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You should now see the default XAMPP page.
Click status to see that everything is working. If it is not try restarting the services.
You are now ready to start building and adding webpages your mobile webserver. Noise reduction premiere plugin. Save all of your web files in the xampphtdocs folder on your flash drive.
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Well that is it for installing XAMPP Lite. Check back tomorrow for how to setup wordpress in XAMPP Lite.
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Complete XAMPP details are available at http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html.