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Installing Apache on Home Computer





anubis26
I want to learn php, and need to install Apache on my Windows XP machine which I use for Internet and gaming. When I downloaded and ran the Apache installer, it asks for "Please enter your server's information: Network Domain ex. somenet.com" I do not have a domain name registered for this computer as far as I know. What should I do?
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srijit
try the XAMPP package from http://apachefriends.org/en
its easier to setup than each package individually. although if you want to learn how each works the you might want to setup individually
taxman
Xamp is OK - but I actually prefers wamp. It's the same solution more or less - you just select that one that makes you feel good Smile http://www.wampserver.com/en/index.php

If you are going to test, og will make it very easy for yourself, you could try out http://www.uniformserver.com/ This one you don't have to install, just unzip - nothing goes to your register. Can even run out of a usb stick.
djclue917
You could also try EasyPHP.

You can download EasyPHP here: http://www.easyphp.org

By the way, if you are installing Apache on your home computer which obviously does not have a domain name like something.com, the network domain that you should use is "localhost". It's basically a static "hostname" which would always point to 127.0.0.1.

Hope that helps...
dimensionsloch
installing apache on xp isn't easy, i hope you reached your target.
Zuwiki
dimensionsloch wrote:
installing apache on xp isn't easy, i hope you reached your target.


Actually, it's probably the easiest thing I've ever done on XP.

I love Linux...

XAMPP has been giving me problems, and now for some reason, even after reinstalling several times, Apache won't work!

I'm gonna try Wamp though.
clip
don't confuse the guy, he's just starting. I'd rather go for WAMP if you're a beginner.
btw, WAMP means, Windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP, JIC you don't know

http://www.php-mysql-tutorial.com/install-apache-php-mysql.php
and
http://www.webmasterstop.com/86.html

[Edit]
you probably need IIS installed on your computer before installing all these btw. and it only works on WinXP Pro

and the domain name will most likely be: localhost
root
Why don't you just put localhost as the domain name, so whenever you attempt to connect to your webserver (via port 80 I am assuming) you would use the address http://localhost:80

This should work, but since I haven't used Apache on XP for a long time, I am not absolutely positive...I use Linux =)
waiteck
get easy php http://www.easyphp.com Its an easy to use webserver with integrated apache and mysql server.
mj_loc_nl
root wrote:
Why don't you just put localhost as the domain name, so whenever you attempt to connect to your webserver (via port 80 I am assuming) you would use the address http://localhost:80

This should work, but since I haven't used Apache on XP for a long time, I am not absolutely positive...I use Linux =)


You can basically take every domain even if it is not yours. You are running it locally so there is no problem. You can even get the domain active for your local computer by editing your hosts file. I do not recall where the hosts file is located in XP .. I believe to recall that under win2000 pro it is located at c:\winnt\system32\drivers\etc

Here you have to add a new line at the bottom of the file to get the domain working on your local machine. If you want for example to have Microsoft.com to point for your local computer to the webserver running on that machine you have to add:

127.0.0.1 microsoft.com

If you save the file and open a browser and go to http://microsoft.com you will find your local webserver providing you with a page. If you want www.microsoft.com you have to add the line “127.0.0.1 www.microsoft.com

Maybe Microsoft.com is not a good choice if it can screw your auto update you can better take a domain like www.testserverlocal.com and use this. Or take a domain you own and which you will be using to publish your website on when you are done building it.

About the installation of apache itself…. There are tons of manuals online to find out how to do this…. The way of handling domains and how to connect this to your local machine is however a little tricky and not described in a lot of manuals.
Nyizsa
I have a WinXP - Debian dual-boot system, which both have Apache installed on. Answering your question: you can enter anything as your server's information - even anubis26_Apache_Web_Server, but I don't think you want to use this one... Confused
Entering localhost is a convenient and widely used setting.
This information is only needed to resolve the 127.0.0.1 IP address (loopback device, if you want to know), so it doesn't really matter. You can always get to your server using the IP.
And one other thing: you DON'T need to install IIS! (Unless you want to make some .asp pages, of course.)
I hope it helped - good luck with PHP!
grantmaster
yeah, you can just make it up

try:

Microsoftsucks.com

or Microsoftblows.com

they will both work because they are both true
abhinav_shah
anubis26 wrote:
I want to learn php, and need to install Apache on my Windows XP machine which I use for Internet and gaming. When I downloaded and ran the Apache installer, it asks for "Please enter your server's information: Network Domain ex. somenet.com" I do not have a domain name registered for this computer as far as I know. What should I do?
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Give localhost as Domain. You don't need to register anything


http://www.abhinav.frih.net
http://www.abhinavs.uni.cc
Shirish
well u can try phpTriad

it has Mysql and phpMyAdmin built in.

it is available as Exe for windows

just run the installation and then activate PHPGeekUtil and MySQL services

and type localhost in browser and there ur server is installed
x-stream
is it normal that the letters are in different colors or does my computer have problems? I can´t read anything!!!
greendayonline.co.nr
I use Apache2Triad...its the only one i have used but it seems pretty good to me

it runs python, perl, php, mysql, and SSL cert

i have been runnning it now succesfully for about 2-3 months
abhinav_shah
If you have Fedora Core 5, then everyrthing is bundled with it, php, apache, mysql, ....


Abhinav
faker
yep linux's distros normally bundles with these softwares and in my experience running it on linux is much more stable and easy. after all there is not much of a good guide to start a webserver in windows because normally people that sets up a webserver are advance users
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