Testing WordPress Locally : Installing PHP 2

The Series

  1. Installing a Web Server (Apache)
  2. Installing PHP
  3. Installing MySQL
  4. Installing phpMyAdmin
  5. Installing WordPress

Installing PHP on Windows

  • Go to the PHP website and download the zip file.
  • Make sure the zip file contains the dll for the right version of the apache.
  • Extract the zip file to a location which does not contain spaces.

Configuring APACHE for PHP

Open httpd.conf for editing. You can access this file through the menu at Start->Programs->Apache HTTPD Server->Configure Apache Server->Edit the Apache httpd.conf File

  • Configure Apache to load the PHP module.
    • Find the LoadModule section.
    • Add the following line to LoadModule php5_module “[path to php5apache2_4.dl in the php folder]”. This would be something Like “D:/Softwares/php/php5apache2_4.dll”. Make sure that you use forward slashes.
  • Configure Apache to recognize PHP extensions.
    • Find the AddType section.
    • Add the following line AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
  • Restart the APACHE server.

If you see errors, check the Apache error.log

Configuring PHP

  • Copy php.ini to the Windows directory.
  • Open php.ini for editing.
  • Set your local timezone.
    • Find this line ;date.timezone = and remove the semicolon in front of it.
    • Find the timezone code from Php timezones and add the code for the timezone after the = sign.
  • Restart the APACHE server.

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