Smackie wrote:well i like the look of zpanel so i download it.. now would I have to config xampp to read the files where they are put when using the zpanel?
like if they was in /ext/filemanger/www
What is the document root directory of your web site that you have put the subdirectory that contains the ZPanel in?
usually it would be in xampp\htdocs\websitefiles\zp\
the directory zp
directory can be your choice and would be defined when installing ZPanel.
would open the ZPanel index page and Apache would know where to find those files when asked for them from within your browser as the htdocs
directory is the default Document Root
All files and directories in the htdocs directory are accessible and will be served by Apache when called by your browser.
If you are using a domain name for your web site then you would put the ZPanel files directory (zp perhaps) into the directory that contains your web site.
would load the ZPanel index page.
in the ZPanel archive give some hints for placement.
BTW the php.ini file mentioned is in xampp\apache\bin\php.ini
file and is the default php.ini file used by the Apache server.
Configuring ZPanel after installation will give ZPanel most of the information about your servers it requires and on a default XAMPP installation you should not need to change any server configuration files except for those mention in the ZPanel README file.
For a bit of a tutorial on placing your web site within the XAMPP default's web tree (htdocs) see this recent post:
I can only guess really as you only gave a very small bit of info for me to work with.