Firstly, I'm a complete novice.
My website and its database perform perfectly when hosted online by my webhost, so I know everything works. I have currently removed the site from my host's server and need to do some work on it offline, on my own pc (running Windows Vista Home Premium). It is NOT a Wordpress site.
I have installed XAMPP 1.8.0, put all my site files in the xampp htdocs folder, created the database and installed the .sql file, and the database works fine, I can access it via phpMyAdmin. Apache and MySQL start without problem. I have not changed any xampp settings or anything.
However, I need to know how to get my php files to display properly as web pages in a browser, just as they did when it was uploaded and online. If I go to file:///C:/xampp/htdocs/index.php all that shows in the browser is the php code on my index.php file. I also tried file:///C:/xampp/htdocs/index.php, with exactly the same result. The index page (nor any other of the php pages) is not assembled. It is not just that images don't load (as I see is a problem others have had), nothing is being generated, I just see all the code on the php file.
I created a test.php file, with an html line and a php line and only the html line displays when it is opened at file:///C:/xampp/htdocs/test1.php.
(the php code does not show on that test file, unlike the way it does on the index.php file).
Someone said I would need to change the database/config.php file to align to the sql so localhost is where your connecting too, so I changed my site's config.php file to
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$dbHost = 'localhost';
$dbUser = 'root';
$dbPass = '';
$dbName = 'esite';
esite being the name of the database. I do not know if this is what they meant and have not been able to find out from them since. Perhaps I have gone wrong here.
What am I overlooking? Probably something very basic but I am a complete novice, so haven't a clue. I know little about php or MySQL and even less about xampp. When my site was originally created, some years ago, I could access it all offline using xampp but can't remember how and I had some help back then that is not available now.
Can anyone tell me, in very simple terms, what I should be doing to make the site's php pages display properly, please? You will make a despairing woman very relieved and eternally grateful.