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PHP for XP home edition?


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oOpsicle

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Hello there!

I am trying to put a database on a webpage I am designing. However, to do what I want to do, it requires more than HTML. A fiend suggested I learn and use PHP.

Well, that sounded great, I check out a massive PHP book and was ready to go. But, I ran into difficulty downloading the PWS required to host the web page.

After some investigating, I have conflicting reports on whether XP home can run a web server(for design purposes only). Most people say no, while a few say that you can run Apache instead of PWS. I tried apache but I was unable to get the PHP test program to work.

So my question is this: Can XP home edition run a webserver? Which one? And what are my options?

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Clayton
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You have to install Apache and PHP and then configure the httpd.conf file for Apache manually as Windows won't do that for you.
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Thanks notch.

Btw do you know of any websites that give a good how-to on this?

Clayton
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Personal Web Server should, in theory, run on XP Home (after all, Microsoft claimed Virtual PC doesn't run on XP Home and I know full well that it does).

For a quicker solution, google Xitami. This is basically another web server program like Apache, only when you download PHP from php.net, it should automatically configure Xitami to use PHP automatically.
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Jones,

Thanks for the info. I really appreciate it. As you may be able to tell, I am not much of a computer wiz. You guys are amazingly helpful. Thanks.

I'll give Xitami a go!

Clayton
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