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First off, Can anyone recommend a free iPage web host which publishes from frontpage? Hoping for any answer or 2. My other question... I know for HTML you can preview your iPage site using an HTML editor (or simply notepad and a browser). You can edit and test, and once you finish you can THEN upload it to your server. This saves tons of time..

Is there software (or a process) I can use to do the same for PHP code?.

Basically I want to edit, test, and preview my code on my local machine, is that possible?..

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Yup, but... you might want to make sure and wait for another person to confirm this as I am not completely sure. Better yet, why don't you call the iPage guys because they can answer you better...

Comment #1

Would there be any problem if this was installed on a machine running XP Pro or other versions of Windoze..

Thanks..

Comment #2

I had the same concern..

I have yet to install it, but the iPage website stated that it was designed to work with Windows products. From what I hear, be sure to download the English component, or the user interface may be difficult to understand...

Comment #3

I have it running on XP Pro without any issues..

Comment #4

Ha! Well good luck!.

I installed it, and got it translated to English but didn't get far from there. The program sets up, but doesn't work. There is VERY LITTLE help included or if it is, it's not in English..

Stick with working directly on the server, for sure!!!..

Comment #5

I appologize for my frustration..

After some research, it does infact work. I just don;t know how smooth the transition will be from local to server...

Comment #6

Make some config files like so.

Configure.php //Current Config.

Configure_l.php //Local Config.

Configure_s.php /Server Config.

Then it's easy to fix if you mess up the config files..

There are several 'Easy PHP' packages out there that package Apache/PHP/mySQL in a single install, you may still need to modify settings found in httpd.conf, php.ini, and my.ini which there is plenty of docs and how to's..

Also make sure you configure your firewall not allow access to your local server...

Comment #7

The easier way for the configure.php files, is to have the ones for the server in the normal place, under the includes. for the localhost configure.php file, just place it in the includes/local directory (the code searches for a configure.php file here) just remember, once you xfer to the server, just delete the includes/local/configure.php..

Comment #8

Which packages are those Dave. Although I d'loaded the English translations - it's still difficult..

As for the setup, I'm having a little difficulty so, what changes need to be made..

Kiri, what changes did you make?.

Thanks everyone...

Comment #9

At first, the SQL part wouldn't run. Said something about "Abnormal terminiation". I think that may have been because I could have possibly installed SQL in that past and therefore needed to replace the my.cnf (?) file..

So... I ran the php exe. If you right click the icon you get a bunch of options. First, create an alias directory. Something like C:\Web. It gives you on screen instructions..

Next, I selected the sql config. It pulls up a text file.. my.ini. Save a copy (renamed to my.cnf) to C:\ (It's gives detailed instrutions in the file.) I happened to replace an existing file. (This may have been the cause of the SQL error.) From this point I restarted Appache and SQL and they both started up with no errors..

Then, I copied the catalog folder to my new alias directory "C:\Web".

To view your page, right click the P icon in the task bar.. go to the area where you created the alias and click the name of your directory. It should take you to http:\\127.0.0.1\sitename\.

"sitename" being what you named your iPage site during the creation of the alias..

You will have to then set up your SQL db. There is a choice for PHPadmin.. I deleted the exisiting MySQL database, and created another named MySQL..

You should now be able to go to the install folder and setup your site. (127.0.0.1/sitename/catalog/install).

Your database server is LocalHost, username is root, and database name is MySQL or whatever you titled it..

Now you can simply edit your files directly from your local drive c:\webs\catalog.

Sorry for the vague descriptions.. if you have any questions please ask me. I'm at work right now so I don't have the software for me to view at the moment. I can give more details once I get home and can see exactly what I did..

Let me know how it works out!..

Comment #10

Kiri, Thanks. Sorry to take-up your work or break time..

I've done similar to your instructions - it was before I read the message - and I keep getting the following error:.

Also, I've tried directing to the Admin folder but would not accept my password..

I should at this point admit that I am not very technically minded and the solution I was and.

AM.

Looking for is to better review the php files before publishing/uploading to live site..

Thanks again, I really appreciate your and ano else's help...

Comment #11

Well, I'm new to PHP as well. Although I am familiar with software programing... so hopefully that will help me out..

SQL databases are completly unknown to me as well but.... here is what I'd try:.

Perhaps try using "root" as your username, instead of your name?? (At least just to see if it works.) I'm not sure how you setup usernames/passwords while working on a local machine. I haven't gotten that far.. yet..

Also, were you able to connect before? Or are you trying to install for the first time?.

Also check to make sure a database has been created and you're using the correct name...

Comment #12

I've uninstalled Easyphp FOR NOW. I noted it made a tiny mess with my IIS. But on the positive side it looked like an excellent piece of s'ware but perhaps not for the uninitiated..

My host server version works fine. Meanwhile I downloaded the directory to my local windows-based PC as well as a backup copy of the db..

If I knew where to locate the local version of the database I'm sure it would run but I first need to know how to:.

1. Create a local db with the same db name, dblogin, dbpassword, admin login and admin pw..

2. Then I figure I could import the structure and content from the local backup copy.

3. Which would hopefully keep me from getting the error in database.php.

The rest would be history if there were people to spoon-feed me. I'm staying away from php and sql boards because I figure people here would probably understand what I require a lot more..

Thanks..

Comment #13

I'd suggest starting a new post with your issue. Someone will certainly help you!.

I would image you'd be able to work on your project locally, and import (and replace) your database that is on your server. Once you do that you can just upload all your edited PHP files, with the exception of the configure.php which contains the information to link the iPage website to your SQL database. If you keep the original that is working on your server, then it "should" transfer seemlessly..

THe only thing I don't know is where to locate the db on the local harddrive to transfer it...

Comment #14

I know for HTML you can preview your iPage site using an HTML editor (or simply notepad and a browser). You can edit and test, and once you finish you can THEN upload it to your server. This saves tons of time..

Is there software (or a process) I can use to do the same for PHP code?.

Basically I want to edit, test, and preview my code on my local machine, is that possible?..

Comment #15

Easyphp from easyphp.org will setup a local server with apache, mysql, php and phpmyadmin so as to allow you to install run and test on your local machine..

Comment #16


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.