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WAMP server

August 5, 2009

About WAMP:

The WampServer (previously WAMP5) application was designed to be a Windows Web development environment. It allows you to create Web applications with Apache, PHP, and the MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin and SQLiteManager to easily manage your databases.
Apache is a web server, which allows people with web browsers like Internet Explorer or Firefox to connect to a computer and see information there as web pages.
MySQL is a database manager (that is, it keeps track of data in a highly organized way)
PHP is a scripting language which can manipulate information held in a database and generate web pages afresh each time an element of content is requested from a browser.
WampServer installs automatically (installer), and its usage is very sensitive. You will be able to tune your server without even touching the setting files. WampServer is the only packaged solution that will allow you to reproduce your production server. Once WampServer is installed, you have the possibility to add as many Apache, MySQL, and PHP releases as you want.

With a click on WampServer’s icon, you will be able to:
– manage your Apache and MySQL services
– switch online/offline (give access to everyone or only localhost)
– install and switch Apache, MySQL and PHP releases
– manage your servers settings
– access your logs
– change WampServer’s menu language
– access this page

Double click on the downloaded file and just follow the instructions. Everything is automatic. The WampServer package is delivered whith the latest releases of Apache, MySQL and PHP.

This is how it  looks after downloading:

How to start
When you install WampServer, a “www” directory is created (generally c:\wamp\www). Create a directory inside for your project and put your PHP files in it.
Click on the link “Localhost” in the WampServer menu or open your browser and open the http://localhost address.

Add Apache, MySQL and PHP releases
WampServer allows you to install almost all the existing releases of Apache, PHP and MySQL so you can reproduce exactly the settings of your production server.
To add a new release, donwload it here and install it.

Then click on the WampServer menu and activate the release that you want to use.

Wait until the WampServer icon become white again and start to work.

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