PHP Australia Conference 2015

What do I need?

In this tutorial we assume that your server has activated support for PHP and that all files ending in .php are handled by PHP. On most servers, this is the default extension for PHP files, but ask your server administrator to be sure. If your server supports PHP, then you do not need to do anything. Just create your .php files, put them in your web directory and the server will automatically parse them for you. There is no need to compile anything nor do you need to install any extra tools. Think of these PHP-enabled files as simple HTML files with a whole new family of magical tags that let you do all sorts of things.

Let us say you want to save precious bandwidth and develop locally. In this case, you will want to install a web server, such as » Apache, and of course » PHP. You will most likely want to install a database as well, such as » MySQL.

You can either install these individually or choose a simpler way. Our manual has installation instructions for PHP (assuming you already have some web server set up). If you have problems with installing PHP yourself, we would suggest you ask your questions on our » installation mailing list. If you choose to go on the simpler route, then » locate a pre-configured package for your operating system, which automatically installs all of these with just a few mouse clicks. It is easy to setup a web server with PHP support on any operating system, including MacOSX, Linux and Windows. On Linux, you may find » rpmfind and » PBone helpful for locating RPMs. You may also want to visit » apt-get to find packages for Debian.

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rahularora dot net at gmail dot com
10 days ago
Get PHP up and running with WAMP on Windows, MAMP on Mac, LAMP on Linux.
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chris_evans at tesco dot net
12 days ago
On Windows I found WampServer an extremely easy install for Apache, PHP and MySQL and thought it may deserve a mention on this topic.  Available at http://www.wampserver.com/en/.
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spiderg at email dot com
16 days ago
If you want to use PHP on Windows, you can use the oficial PHP implementation of Windows, through Microsoft Web Platform. Is free and is integrated with IIS. Check the url http://php.iis.net/
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Anonymous
11 days ago
Easy PHP does not install any service and can be run just as needed: http://www.easyphp.org/
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bloggernitscomp54engg[at]gmail(dot)com
4 months ago
mostly wamp install in window. easy to configure and very easy to use.
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peaceinoffice at gmail dot com
3 months ago
I use OpenServer is easy to configure and have same extra tools
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ddiipp at outlook dot com
9 months ago
Use Xampp or Wamp in windows,linux. And MAMP in Mac
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josejayesh at gmail dot com
7 months ago
Use vagrant (http://www.vagrantup.com/ ) , https://www.virtualbox.org/ and https://puphpet.com/ to setup the environment
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info at fahdi dot tk
10 months ago
Hey , get yourself WAMP for fast forwarding on this one.
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