No orange start page in localhost, why??

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No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby whysonot » 08. August 2015 21:15

Hello, Apache friends :)

I've installed xampp-win32-5.6.11-0-VC11 and in XAMPP control panel I can start Apache and MySQL. They start without any errors.

But... when I type localhost in my browser I am redirected to another page http://localhost/dashboard/
I don't have that orange start page as shown in all the manuals/tutorials. I mean, I don't have this page:

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If I type localhost/xampp/index.php manually, I get into Google in Chrome or if I use Mozilla, I get this error:

Object not found!

The requested URL was not found on this server. If you entered the URL manually please check your spelling and try again.

If you think this is a server error, please contact the webmaster.
Error 404
localhost
Apache/2.4.12 (Win32) OpenSSL/1.0.1m PHP/5.6.11


In my index.php file I have
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<?php
   if (!empty($_SERVER['HTTPS']) && ('on' == $_SERVER['HTTPS'])) {
      $uri = 'https://';
   } else {
      $uri = 'http://';
   }
   $uri .= $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'];
   header('Location: '.$uri.'/dashboard/');
   exit;
?>
Something is wrong with the XAMPP installation :-(


Why it is said that "Something is wrong with the XAMPP installation :-(" ???

And why I don't have that orange start page?!
I also don't have splash.php file for some reasons...
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Re: No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby Debugged » 09. August 2015 14:07

Have your added localhost to your Windows HOSTS file?

In your Windows HOSTS file you should have an entry being
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127.0.0.1 localhost
.

Have a look here to see what a Windows HOSTS file can do:
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http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hosts.htm


Since you are in Windows 8.1 I suggest you read this
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http://winhelp2002.mvps.org/hostswin8.htm
and then for easy editing of your HOSTS file get HostsMan, the app is linked on that site.

HostsMan let's you easily change or update your Windows HOSTS file.

Using HostMan simply add localhost to the bottom line in it.

I hope with this you will be able to see the default XAMPP site, with orange colours.

Also I assume nothing is wrong with your installation.

XAMPP simply cannot redirect the request that you type in your browser, it being "localhost" to your local XAMPP server but instead actually searches for it online. This is because if Windows cannot fine the domain name "localhost" in its local HOSTS file it will direct the search request to your router and from there to the DNS server assigned in the router.

Please note I am fairly new with all this so if this does not fix your issue please do not shoot me, from the looks of it though it appears to me that you are simply missing the "localhost" entry in your Windows HOSTS file.
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Re: No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby Altrea » 09. August 2015 14:13

The old orange XAMPP administration page is no longer included in current XAMPP versions.
We don't provide any support via personal channels like PM, email, Skype, TeamViewer!

It's like porn for programmers 8)
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Re: No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby whysonot » 09. August 2015 17:07

Debugged, thank you so much for such a detailed answer! I really appreciate it! As Altrea mentioned above, it turned out that they deleted the old administration panel at all. It was a really good feature, I believe. Dunno, what's the reason for taking it away... =\

Altrea, thanks for clarification!
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Re: No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby Altrea » 09. August 2015 17:59

I don't know the real reason for don't include the orange administration page, but i absolutely support this step.
Some of the reasons i have mentioned here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=69810&p=244467&hilit=outdated#p244467

Sure the new dashboard needs some work to be more helpful, but qualified feedback of all users can help to improve the dashboard much more than the old administration page could ever be :D
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Re: No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby Nobbie » 09. August 2015 20:42

whysonot wrote:It was a really good feature, I believe.


As i believe vice verse: what was good? Could you explain more precisely, what are you missing and why?

In my opinion the "orange" page was quite useless (you may of course proof the opposite), it was a real mess with the "security" settings (mostly people destroyed their installation using this buggy and very faulty "feature"), so what was the "good" feature you are talking about?
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Re: No orange start page in localhost, why??

Postby Debugged » 09. August 2015 22:34

Altrea wrote:The old orange XAMPP administration page is no longer included in current XAMPP versions.


..means, forget what I wrote just below, though if you like to see it get the older portable version.. over read that first reply somehow.. :roll:

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Darn, I was typing up a longer review comparing both, pros and cons and somehow must have clicked the back button on the mouse and now the post is gone.. grrr.

Will be happy to write a review or what I think of things in the days to come.

Just to mention this, I see the orange site just fine, it is what loads when I request localhost in the browser and only after reading the top Welcome bit with great attention did I find the new dashboard. So @whysonot, either you are doing something wrong or this site is not included in the installation of XAMPP any more but merely left to the portable version.

In a sense I am glad to be able to see both and will give feedback if still needed.

If this old site is dropped anyways in the new default installation of XAMPP feedback about the old site is redundant.

Does any one know, will the portable version of the latest version of XAMPP allow people to still see the old orange welcome site?

@whysonot what happens when you load localhost/xampp in your browser?
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