Installing and Configuring a WAMP Server in Windows 7 & 8


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Installing and Configuring a WAMP Server in Windows 7 & 8

  1. 1. Installing and Configuring a WAMPFitcom - Tech BlogFitcom - Tech Blog
  2. 2. Download a copy of WAMPFirst you will need to download WAMP from .You will have the option to choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit version your choice depends uponyour computer’s configuration.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  3. 3. Install the softwareInstall the softwareWhen you click next you will be asked to accept the license agreement.Basically its a GPL license you are free to do just about anything with it so you can go aheadand accept it.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  4. 4. Destination LocationThe next step is to select where you would like to install WAMP .The default will be c:wamp however you can change to which ever directory or partitionyou choose that please you.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  5. 5. Additional TasksAfter you choose your directory you will have the option tosetup icons. If you noticed only one option is selected but youcan select the best option for you.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  6. 6. Ready to InstallOnce you decide on this click Next and then confirm the installation settings again by clickingInstall.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  7. 7. Default BrowserOnce the installation finish installing its files WAMP will detect which is your default browserat the moment but you can select no and navigate your way to any other browser of yourchoosing.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  8. 8. FirewallNB – if your Windows firewall pops up at this point make sure to grant Apache access.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  9. 9. PHP Mail ParametersThe next decision you will have to make is to set the PHP mail parameters. Most peopleleave this set to the defaults when setting up a testing server on their local computer. Ifyou wish to configure it to connect to a SMTP server you may do so now all you needto do is click Next.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  10. 10. WAMP is now installed on your computer.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  11. 11. TestingNow that everything has been installed let’s test everything out.Using one of the icons you created, or Start –> start WampServer, you can launch themanagement console. Once opened, it will appear in the lower right hand corner of yourscreen.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  12. 12. RunningIf WAMP is not started go ahead and click Start All Services. If you are not surewhether or not WAMP is running, look for the small green W icon in your toolbar.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  13. 13. Stopped or some services runningIf it is red, WAMP services are stopped, green means everything is running while orangemeans some services are running.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  14. 14. ForbiddenNow its time to check if everything was installed correctly. In the WAMP managementconsole, click on Localhost. If you see the following screen pop up in your browser theneverything is working but you only need to edit a few files to access WAMP via thehttp://localhost link.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  15. 15. Fixing LocalHostOpen the WAMP management console highlight Apache then click on httpd.confFitcom - Tech Blog
  16. 16. Localhost WorksFrom the text editor find the line "Allow from" and add "Allow from ::1" below it nowsave the file and close it.Then next step is to restart all services go to the WAMP management console and click restartall services after WAMP has restarted all the services reopen your web browser if you closed it tohttp://localhost or just reload the page .If you see the following screen you did everything right sofar now for the finishing touches .Fitcom - Tech Blog
  17. 17. Configure AliasesSince you are on Windows 7 or 8 then Apache might be seeing the connections coming from"::1" which is the IPv6 equivalent of so youll have to change a few settings foryou to access phpmyadmin, sqlbuddy & webgrind.Since you are on Windows 7 or 8 then Apache might be seeing the connections coming from"::1" which is the IPv6 equivalent of so youll have to change a few settings foryou to access phpmyadmin, sqlbuddy & webgrind.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  18. 18. PhpmyAdminOpen the WAMP management console highlight Apache followed by Alias directoriesselect the http://localhost/phpmyadmin option then edit alias.From the text editor find theline "Allow from" and add "Allow from ::1" below it now save the file and closeit. Do the same steps for fixing sqlbuddy and webgrind. Once youre done open WAMPmanagement console and click restart all services Fitcom - Tech Blog
  19. 19. Configuring phpMyAdminThe last step is to set a password for phpMyAdmin. Many people skip this stepbecause the server is not going to be live so they don’t see the need to protect thedatabase if it is only sample data. You can decide what practice to follow.In order to change the password you will need to navigate to your phpMyAdmin file,located at C:/wamp/apps/phpmyadmin3.x.x and open the file for editing.Once opened, navigate to the lines that read,$cfg[Servers][$i][user] = root;$cfg[Servers][$i][password] = xxxxx;$cfg[Servers][$i][AllowNoPassword] = true;Where the example reads xxxxx insert your password. Under AllowNoPassword,change the value to false.Fitcom - Tech Blog
  20. 20. What do I do next?Now that everything is completed you can upload test websites to your root or eveninstall third-party web applications like WordPress, Moodle, Drupal, etc. to this location.You now have a sandbox in which to work on your development projects! Have fun withit.Fitcom - Tech Blog