Trying to learn xampp but having problems

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Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby apox » 03. August 2015 03:29

Recently decided to give a go at learning SQL and PHP. I don't really have programming experience but my father insist I keep busy this summer and learn something.
Anyways so I have been trying to follow you tube guides on installation and everything is fine until the part where they test out to see if Apache is actually running.
I go to services like in the videos and my Apache is listed there as well as the MySQL, I get no errors whatsoever. When they go to type localhost in the browser what I get is completely
different than what all the guides are displaying. They appear to have a menu on the left side that shows "security" along with a bunch of other menu options. When I follow
the same steps and type in localhost I am taken to http://localhost/dashboard/

Here the page is very different than all the guides I encountered and shows the following

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Welcome to XAMPP for Windows 5.6.11
You have successfully installed XAMPP on this system! Now you can start using Apache, MySQL, PHP and other components. You can find more info in the FAQs section or check the HOW-TO Guides for getting started with PHP applications.

Start the XAMPP Control Panel to check the server status.

Community
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Contribute to XAMPP translation at translate.apachefriends.org.
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Apache Friends and Bitnami are cooperating to make dozens of open source applications available on XAMPP, for free. Bitnami-packaged applications include Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla! and dozens of others and can be deployed with one-click installers. Visit the Bitnami XAMPP page for details on the currently available apps.
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I am totally confused as to how I can access the localhost menu options like everyone else? The next step in the guide was going into security to set a password but I am not able to do that.
I use windows 7 and the xampp i downloaded is the latest from the official website. Also I get no errors when running both apache and mysql. I don't know exactly what I am doing wrong or how to get to the menu options.
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Re: Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby Nobbie » 03. August 2015 09:31

apox wrote:I am totally confused as to how I can access the localhost menu options like everyone else? The next step in the guide was going into security to set a password but I am not able to do that.


That documentation is outdated, there is no more "security setup" etc., as this is not required and mostly users destroyed their installations.

Simply create your own HTML and/or PHP Files and put them into the htdocs folder of xampp (c:/xampp/htdocs). For examply put a file "test.html" (or test.php) into c:/xampp/htdocs. After then open your browser and enter http://localhost/test.html (or http://localhost/test.php) in the address bar and you will see your first test.

You may also create your own test folder under htdocs (for example c:/xampp/htdocs/mytest) and put your files there (for example an index.html), finally call that file via http://localhost/htdocs/mytest/index.html

This is how it works and now you may learn HTML and PHP and run your files on your own private webserver.
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Re: Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby apox » 03. August 2015 21:14

That is great this worked perfect so thank you a bunch!
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Re: Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby Charles57 » 05. August 2015 20:02

I'm having the same issue on a Mac OS X ... there is no menu on the right hand side of the welcome page for the 5.6.11 version.
I'm very new to all this and have no idea how to create my own HTML and PHP files and put them into the htdocs folder of XAMPP - the Windows 7 solution offered here.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Re: Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby Nobbie » 05. August 2015 20:45

Charles57 wrote:I'm very new to all this and have no idea how to create my own HTML and PHP files and put them into the htdocs folder of XAMPP - the Windows 7 solution offered here.


There is no "WIndows 7 Solution" here.

Simply follow the advice and put your files into the "htdocs" folder (the placement of this folder is the only difference between Windows and OSX, but you *should* be able to find that htdocs folder) and thats all.

Charles57 wrote:there is no menu on the right hand side of the welcome page for the 5.6.11 version.


There never was a "right hand" menu, there has been a (more or less useless) "left hand" menu. But this menu did not help you in any way, how to test your own files. This is, why i do not understand all these postings, if i give you back this stupid old menu - how do you know, how to procede with your own files??
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Re: Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby Charles57 » 06. August 2015 04:12

I'm having the same issue on a Mac OS X ... there is no menu on the left hand side of the welcome page for the 5.6.11 version.
I'm very new to all this and have no idea how to create my own HTML and PHP files and put them into the htdocs folder of XAMPP - the Windows 7 solution offered here.

Any help will be appreciated.
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Re: Trying to learn xampp but having problems

Postby Charles57 » 06. August 2015 04:28

Thanks Nobbie but I'm still stuck.
I've never created a MySQL database and the instructions I have for installing Joomla say to select Tools from the menu on the left-hand side of the Welcome page to find phpMyAdmin... I don't seem to have that stupid old menu.
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