Hi Caroline (there is ALWAYS time for a short salutation, especially if you are asking for help on a community board. It is a matter of politeness),
Cmoorhouse wrote:I want both to run on xampp and both to use but also to be able to access both sites and develop both independently
Any suggestions of how i do this?
Well, thats not that difficult.
Each Joomla instance needs it's own files, so you should at the end have two joomla folders in your htdocs, for example
Each Joomla instance needs its own database. If you already have an existing database, you could simply clone/copy the existing database with the phpmyadmin "Operations" tab of the specific database.
After that the second joomla instance need to get the new database connection parameters, at minimum the new database name.
if all is done, your joomla instances could be requested with their unique url. Relating to the folder naming above