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Testing Server Question

Thread began 11/25/2009 8:21 pm by msdesign1388986 | Last modified 12/09/2009 1:39 pm by Neil Beadle | 2393 views | 19 replies |

msdesign1388986

Testing Server Question

I'm not sure if this is the correct forum...I've confused myself into a circle trying to set up a testing server on my computer to use with WebAssist add-ons...can I use existing web space I already have (like a free account with Earthlink or purchased space) as a testing server? If so, what steps do I need to take to accomplish that? Thank you in advance for any guidance...

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Office Guy-172461

There are many advantages to using a local testing server. It's much faster and easier to recover from coding mistakes.

XAMPP makes the process very easy:

How to set up a local testing server for Dreamweaver
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anonymous

Office Guy's suggestion is great... if, by chance you are on Mac, go with MAMP.

Best regards,

Brian

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Office Guy-172461

Hi Brian,

Did you know that XAMPP is available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and Solaris?

There a link to the Mac version there too. Life is good. :)

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anonymous

Hi OG,

No, I did not know that XAMPP was available for Mac... see I learn something new everyday. Happy Thanksgiving!

One question, I have though, can you create virtual directories like you can in MAMP Pro. If that is possible, I cannot see renewing the license on every new MAMP Pro release.

Regards,

Brian

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Office Guy-172461

Not sure how you are using virtual directories but I use the structure:

C:\xampp\htdocs\website1
C:\xampp\htdocs\website2
C:\xampp\htdocs\website3 etc...

Each folder acts exactly as if it was the root on a shared server.

To use the second domain, you type website2 into the browser and everything works as expected on a remote host.

This has pictures of the paths used:
Creating a dynamic site definition in Dreamweaver
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Happy Thanksgiving to you as well.

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Office Guy-172461

Hey Brian,

If you do go with XAMPP for Mac, maybe you could write a Mac version of the guide and I'll post it with the other one. It's hard for me to do screen shots and look like I know what I'm talking about when I don't have a Mac. :)

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msdesign1388986

Thank you for the advice and link! I will pursue that today...

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clickhappy392103

I gotta agree with the pro's. For a long time, I was testing on a live server. It worked, but it was more hassle than it was worth. Once I followed some of the links on here about Xampp, I never looked back. It only took a few hours of goofing around with it to really figure it all out, worth every second. I am probably going to set up xampp on one of my rarely used computers in a week or two and invest a little time to figure out how to set that one up for clients to be able to see the progress on the sites. I would do it on my main pc but the whole security issue bothers me some.

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msdesign1388986

I appreciate the advice about not using a live testing server and am going to go for XAMPP...Thank you!

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