Izzy wrote:Just a few observations re the Tutorial mentioned in the last post.
When defining the localhost vhost container in your tutorial there is no need to duplicate the localhost directory directive entry that is already defined in the default httpd.conf file, this could lead to errors and confusion.
Options +Indexes FollowSymLinks +ExecCGI
AllowOverride AuthConfig FileInfo
Allow from all
This is all that is required for localhost:
First off, thank you very much for the feedback and critique. I've been looking for someone to do that for me, but so far no one has been leaving any sort of replies other than thanks for the tutorials, which don't help me in refining the content and improving the site.
The extra directive for localhost was because I was getting a 403 error for some reason and I didn't know at the time how else to fix it, so I used those to override the issue. I indeed should go back and fix the syntax of that and troubleshoot the 403 issue if it even still exists.
Izzy wrote:And why use the B: drive when the XAMPP default installation drive is the C: drive that you started the tutorial with and is just fine for the examples - again may cause confusion.
I had initially installed XAMPP on a PC running Server 2003 and I put it on a separate hard drive from my system drive to help protect my system files. Whether that made any difference or not, I dunno, but it seemed logical to me and also was my way of keeping it separate so I could better learn XAMPP.
I think that was a suggestion I found for fixing a permissions issue I was having and it worked. Haha.
I've definitely tried reading those and I have a hard time understanding them to be honest with you. Things written in that style are more confusing than helpful IMO, which is why I've done my best to make easy to understand and follow tutorials and explain things clearly and not use paraphrasing or abbreviations. The more I learn about XAMPP and Apache, the better I start understanding some of the things listed there, but they still are confusing as far as the correct syntax of using them.
Izzy wrote:I believe your tutorial needs some refinement for a default configuration and also worth a mention is that to create multiple entries first is not a good idea. Create one vhost then if that checks out and works then simply add another and then check again and so on.
The reason I had made three different vhost entries was to illustrate how they work. It allows me to show people how the site's document root folders can be named whatever they like and also how they can have it on separate drives other than the one XAMPP was installed on. I may need to explain the need to remove those if not used, but it was for illustration purposes, which helped me better understand it myself.
Good effort though - 7/10.
Thanks for that. If I hadn't had so many difficulties when I tried installing all of these things and learning them myself, I probably would've never attempted to make that website and the tutorials on it. But my way of thinking was if I can save a couple of people the troubles and headaches I encountered and all of the time I wasted learning all of it, then I've succeeded.
I've tried finding others to help with the site, such as critiquing the tutorials, giving me suggestions, and even authoring some articles themselves if they wish to make it a very resourceful and helpful place for those wanting to create their own servers. The problem is I never have received any response, which has left me doing it all myself. Just people doing what you've done with that one article would be a huge help, because you caught things I overlooked or didn't consider.
Izzy wrote:BTW Off topic but I find your web site is very slow to load - takes up to 30 times longer than the average complex Apache Friends page - try tweaking your resource and/or mysql settings perhaps (there is a benchmark folder in the mysql folder that may help determine what may be amiss...
In regards to it's slowness, I think that's an issue with Joomla. My server should be plenty enough to run the website smoothly, P4 2.8GHZ, 2GB RAM. Joomla for some reason runs slow even on my current machine, which is easily a very nice gaming PC, so I don't know the best solution for fixing this. I turned caching back on, which without a doubt will help. I had it turned off because of the nuisance it causes when trying to update the site settings and having to clear the cache every time I look to see the difference in the format. I read the document on running that benchmark test and it's going to take me a few hours of researching it to understand how to use it.
As far as the navigation goes, I tried defining it clearly with the menu titles, but I can't say I'm the best at that. I think there's a tool tip option I can enable in the Joomla settings for that.
Thank you again very much for the feedback, as that definitely helps me on improving the site and most importantly, it will help people visiting it to get the help they're looking for.