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Old 02-12-2010, 05:21 AM   #1
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OK guys and gals - I am about to dip my toe into the not-too-murky waters of WordPress to build a site for a local arts organisation. I'd like to set up a test instance on my PC here, and wonder if you have any specific recommendations for the AMP package I should use? XAMPP is the one I am aware of, but are there any others I should consider? (On XP for now, but might be going to Windows 7 eventually.)

No doubt I'll be holding my hand up from time to time to ask teacher what to do next!
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You are more capable than I am, so you can probably make it work. But I looked into setting up a home version of WordPress and gave up with a headache. So no opinion of XAMPP versus anything else (but I do see most references to that one).

When I gave up I set up a private directory on a web site and installed WP there. Just a thought.

   
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I've been using XAMPP and its predecessor for a good few years on Win2000 and, latterly, on XP.

I'd like to be able to say it's worked flawlessly but that wouldn't be entirely true. Apache sometime seems a tad slow and occasionally gets its knickers in a twist and grinds to a halt. That may be something to do with my particular setup but I don't want to go poking around too much because it works 99% of the time...;-)

I really don't have anything to compare it to so couldn't say if there might be a better solution. If you find one I'd like to know how you get on.

On the plus side, it is easy to install and, importantly, uninstall so it's no great hassle to give it whirl. It comes with PHPMyAdmin and I also use an old copy of MySQL-Front which I find particularly useful for some jobs. I don't know if it's still available but HeidiSQL is similar.

Of course, whatever flavour of AMP installation you choose should ideally be invisible; you just want it to work. I must say that I use it day in and day out with only minor niggles. Would I swap it for another one? Dunno. If it ain't broke (too much) then there would need to be compelling reasons to change...;-)

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Thanks John - I will indeed give it a whirl and see how long before I need to ask for assistance. Minor niggles I can live with - it's the major headaches I need to avoid - I have enough of them in my day job!
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To get used to WP I'd just set up a free site on http://wordpress.com/ - all the facilities are available and you can play with themes & plugins as much as you wish. It works fast to for a free service. You can even build a full WP website on it and use it for as long as you wish.

I find it much better for testing than using WAMP - in fact I no longer use any form of local server for site development.. The only major difference to me is that you can't export the db from a wp.com site wheras you can with WAMP - and salso you can't hack the code....

   
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I've already set up a test account to play with - but I will need to make my own template/CSS to fit an existing house style - and you have to pay extra for that! But it's a good idea for getting to know the system.

I did find it excessively slow at times, but that seems to have cleared for now.
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I've already set up a test account to play with - but I will need to make my own template/CSS to fit an existing house style - and you have to pay extra for that!
They may have changed that since I last used wp.com - I was able to install my own template. I will have to go and check on the changes for future reference.

Added: Ah they now charge for things that were FOC, such as installing a custom template. And now even for making changes to CSS. Still makes a useful introduction to WP, but I guess they have to pay the hosting/bandwidth bill.

   
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