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Setting Up a Joomla Test Site on Your Windows 7 (Win7) or Windows Server 2008 System

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This site is gathering enough readers that I don't want to test changes to the site on the live site anymore. For this reason, I've setup a test environment on my laptop. I can copy my live site to the test environment, try any changes, and then when I'm comfortable with the changes I can publish them to the live site. The process to get a local Joomla site running on a Windows system turned out to be very simple:

Download and Install the Latest WampServer

You can get WampServer here. I installed 32bit, 64bit should work just fine though. After installing make sure to launch WampServer at Start -> All Programs -> WampServer -> start WampServer. To make sure all the services are running, left click on the WampServer icon in the tray (it looks like a W) and select Start All Services. The icon should turn green. At this point you should be able to launch a web browser and type localhost in the address bar. You should get a default web page.

Set a Password for the root MySQL Account

I'm just going to use the root account of the MySQL server for testing. This is a very bad idea security wise. Don't do this on a live server. I'm just doing this for testing on a box no one can access. Joomla requires a password on the MySQL account and one isn't created for the root account by default.

To set the password click the WampServer icon again and select MySQL -> MySQL console. Use the following commands in the console:

use mysql;
update user set password=PASSWORD("NewPasswordHere") where User='root';
flush privileges;

Download the Latest Version of Joomla

You can download Joomla here. In my case I didn't want the latest. I wanted the latest version of 1.5.x. I'm not ready to make the jump to 1.7 yet. Download the zip file and open it. Copy the contents into your www folder. By default this is C:\wamp\www. Once your done open a browser and type in localhost in the URL bar. A wizard will pop up for configuring the Joomla site. Just follow the instructions and work through the steps to finish the site setup.

Conclusion

That's all it takes to get a Joomla test site up and running. This is a good way to either test things before putting them on a live site, or to test Joomla to see if it works well for your needs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:25  

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