I have an old computer that I am going to use as a server, if it works. It is a power pc G4. I am running OS 10.4.11 on all machines on the network. (3) Other computers are a dual core G5 and an intel Imac running 10.5. I may eventually add a laptop. If I work away from the office, I may want to be able to work on web projects. Can I have XAMPP on my local machine and on the network? I know I would access the XAMPP interface through my browser at http://localhost/ but if I add a second installation, how, or would it work?
I am using XAMPP for a Joomla test server, it will not be live or accessible from the outside. I am using the extra computer as an experiment and test area. To some degree I don't want the server running on my work machine. The original plan was to just install XAMPP and Joomla on one machine, then I thought I might as well use the external server to keep it all separate.
Just thinking, perhaps erroneously, If I only have one version of XAMPP activated, then I would only find that localhost. Of course there is the whole file issue of what is on what machine, but if I work on multiple websites on my in house server, but work on the project at hand locally, then the files aren't an issue. Am I making life unnecessarily complicated? Thanks.
As a side note: My root folder is htdocs. In that folder I will install a folder called "CMS Apps" and within that folder install my Joomla download folder. Also within the htdocs folder is where I planned to install folders for each of my projected web projects. If I am following everything correctly. I can have multiple Joomla databases, each installed into it's own specific website folder with it's own data prefix for tables and such. End result, I can use XAMPP at home or away and I can develop multiple Joomla 1.5 websites and keep everything unique to the particular folders. I hope everyone isn't on the floor laughing at this point.
My background. Some html. Have done a few websites with GoLive, Dreamweaver. I know some basic html. I know even less CSS. I know InDesign, Photoshop and such well. Trying to get more comfortable with how a server accesses data, where it is stored, and how to copy and transfer the appropriate files to the final server. In the past it was just a button in Dreamweaver and all was magically fixed. Just so you can see what I have done and have a point of reference, the GoLive site was yedi.com and the Dreamweaver site was http://pci-envirotek.com/. Ok, let the fun begin. Thanks.