zicogold wrote:Ok, "htdocs"it is. Where do I copy the uncompressed copy of phpBB?
In an XAMPP default installation you would extract (drag and drop) the files from the archive folder phpBB3 into a folder phpbb
that you have previously created in C:\xampp\htdocs\ - your choice but make sure that when you unpack the files it does not create another folder C:\xampp\htdocs\phpbb\phpBB3 or C:\xampp\htdocs\forum\phpBB3 simply extract all the files and folders contained in the archive folder phpBB3 folder not the phpBB3 folder as well.
In the first example where you created the phpbb
folder in the htdocs
folder and all the files are extracted to here C:\xampp\htdocs\phpbb
by opening the archive folder phpBB3 and dragging all the files and folders and dropping them in to this phpbb folder then you should be able to load http://localhost/phpbb
in your browser and get the start page.
Make sure that you use the correct letter case as phpBB is treated differently to phpbb so in a URI if you use http://localhost/phpBB
then the folder has to be named phpBB not phpbb - for a folder named phpbb (lowercase) then you would use http://localhost/phpbb
- so the error message would be 404 file not found if the case of a folder was different to the address in the browser.
If you get server errors like 404 'file not found' for example, then check out the C:\xampp\apache\logs\error.log
file for clues to why this error.
Also worth a mention is when editing files on your server at localhost level then clear your browser's cache often to prevent a cached page, instead of the fresh edited page from being served.