salsathegeek wrote:I have changed the default website to the sever's location using the IIS manager.
This part worries me as IIS and XAMPP don't coexsist easily as both IIS and Apache use port 80 and 443 which are not shareable.
So first I would decide which you really want to use and get rid of the other.
You can disable IIS and Apache will work just fine - see this topic for how to do this:viewtopic.php?f=16&t=43891
A sure way of knowing if Apache is running is to check in the XAMPP Control Panel, run \xampp\xampp-control.exe that it shows a green running indication and by the sound of it, only your browser is parsing the HTML code and not Apache as Apache would also parse the php code.
You can start and stop various XAMPP components and access the command line (Shell) and the Windows Service Manager (SCM) also access the XAMPP Setup all from the one handy control Panel.
Look in the \xampp\apache\logs\error.log file for server errors.
Run \xampp\xampp-portcheck.exe to find out what is using port 80 and port 443
You should see httpd.exe if Apache is using them or inetinfo.exe or System if IIS is using them - you can't have both of them using the same ports.
Before starting the XAMPP servers the readings in the portcheck should show all ports are free
Usually there is no need to change anything in the httpd.conf file from the defaults to have a working XAMPP installation.
To test your installation type in your browserhttp://localhost
You should see the XAMPP Welcome Demo Page.
Your web site should be placed in the \xampp\htdocs\mysite folder for example so if you type in your browser:http://localhost/mysite
it should present you with your web site index page.
You should also be logged in to your PC with administrator privileges to best manager your servers.
Best wishes and remember that we are here to help you not to give you flak.