Install & Configure Apache, PHP, JSP, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, PHPMyAdmin & WordPress on Windows XP/2000
From the Apache HTTPD download page, download the latest Win32 Binary (MSI Installer). The latest version should be under a section titled "the best available version".
File Name: apache_2.2.3-win32-x86-no_ssl.msi
Download Location: http://httpd.apache.org/download.cgi
- Run apache_2.2.3-win32-x86-no_ssl.msi. Click Next >.
- Choose "I accept the terms in the license agreement", and then click Next >.
- Click Next >.
- Fill in the appropriate information. Select "for All Users, on Port 80, as a Service", and then click Next >. If you do not know what to enter, you can put in "localhost" for the network domain and server name.
- Choose "Typical", and then click Next >.
- Click Next >.
- Click Install.
- Click Finish.
- If you have Windows Firewall enabled, click Unblock on the Windows Security Alert. For other firewalls, make sure port 80 is open.
- Open http://localhost/ in a web browser. If you see something like the following, you've successfully installed Apache!
- You'll also notice a new icon in your system tray. If you single left-click, you'll get a menu that allows you to start, stop, or restart the Apache HTTPD service.
Apache stores it's configuration settings in a file called httpd.conf. This file is located at C:\Program Files\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf. The file is well documented so feel free to snoop around. You can learn a lot just by looking through it.
Although for this tutorial I left it alone, I usually change the default document root. This is where all of your website's files are stored. To change the document root:
- Change line 149. Notice that for Windows, you convert the backslashes to regular slashes. i.e. \ to /.
DocumentRoot "C:/Path to website files"
- Change line 177 to match the same path as above.
<Directory "C:/Path to website files">