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Configuring a PHP testing server

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Video: Configuring a PHP testing server

When you create a Dreamweaver site that's designed to work with PHP, there are some additional steps you'll need to follow to associate the site with your PHP server on your local system. I'll start with the site that's already been created named, DW CS5 with PHP and MySQL. I'll go to the Menu and choose Site > Manage Sites. Then with my site definition selected I will click Edit. Before I can figure the testing servers, I will reset the Local Site Folder for this site definition to another copy of the site files.

Configuring a PHP testing server

When you create a Dreamweaver site that's designed to work with PHP, there are some additional steps you'll need to follow to associate the site with your PHP server on your local system. I'll start with the site that's already been created named, DW CS5 with PHP and MySQL. I'll go to the Menu and choose Site > Manage Sites. Then with my site definition selected I will click Edit. Before I can figure the testing servers, I will reset the Local Site Folder for this site definition to another copy of the site files.

I will click the Browse icon, then I will go up one level in the disk file system to the 02_gettingstarted chapter folder and then go down to the exercise folder, 02_testingserver, and then I will click Select. I will click Save, and if see this message that the cache will be recreated, I will click OK and then click Done. That's a process you will need to follow on each exercise, re-pointing the site definition to the files for that exercise, and then looking at the Files panel, I will confirm that I have a full set of files in that directory.

Here are the steps for setting up the testing server. I'll return to Manage Sites dialog and with the site definition selected, I will click Edit. I will go to the Servers category. In the Servers list, I will click the plus icon to add a new server. I am going to be working with my copy of PHP and Apache on my local system. So I am going to name the server simply, Local Server. You can name the server anything you want at this point.

For this option, Connect using, I will choose Local/Network, meaning that I'll be connecting to the Server's hard disk through the local file system. I'm going to set up a Server Folder which will be under my server document root. On Windows with WAMP server, this will be C:\wamp\www, and on Mac using MAMP, it will be /Applications/MAMP/htdocs. I am working on Windows with WAMP server, so I will click the Browse icon; I will start off at the computer in the C drive root.

From there I will go down to wamp and then to www. If you are working on Mac, browse to /Applications/MAMP/htdocs. Create a new folder; this will be the testing folder for the current site. I'm going to name it dwwithphp. The name of this folder should contain no spaces and should be all lowercase. I'll click Open and then click Select, and that sets the Server folder to the location on disk where I'm going to copy my files for testing.

Then click into the Web URL. The web URL will be the same regardless of whether you're working with WAMP server or MAMP. It'll be http://localhost/dwwithphp. You are matching the name of the folder in the web URL to the name of the folder in the server. Local host points to the server's document route and the rest of the directory name is relative to that location. Next click Advanced at the top of the screen.

Don't worry about the Remote Server settings. We are setting up a testing server. So under Testing Server, pull down the list of available server models and choose PHP MySQL. Click Save, that takes you back to the server list. With your new server selected, uncheck Remote and check Testing. This means that the server will only be used for testing and we won't be actively uploading files for production. Later on if you need to make changes to this server definition, you can reopen this dialog box and click the Edit button in the form of a pencil.

I'll Save all of my changes and then click OK, and then in the Manage Sites dialog, I will click Done. I'll show you what happens when you test a page from a PHP associated site. I'll open the file index.htm and then I'll test in an external browser. I will go to the Preview/Debug button in the toolbar and choose Preview in Firefox. Notice that I am asked whether I want to update the file on the testing server. You may or may not see this dialog depending on how you have Dreamweaver configured.

If you do see it, click on Yes, and then in the Dependent Files dialog, click on Yes again. If you don't see these dialog boxes, asking you whether you want to copy files to the testing server, you can turn them on in Dreamweaver's Preferences dialog box. Once you open the Preferences dialog, go to the Site category and check the option, prompt input/check in. Click OK to save your changes and preview the page in an external browser again.

You should see the dialog boxes appear. When the page opens in the browser, if you don't see any graphics, click the browsers Refresh button to make sure you're seeing the latest version. That means that before you test the page, Dreamweaver will make a copy of the page in your web directory along with any files on which it depends, graphics, cascading style sheets, XML, Flash content, and so on. In the external browser, take a look at the web address that's been used to test the page.

Notice that you're browsing the page by requesting it from the web server, through the local host address, not loading the file from the local disk. This will enable the web server to dispatch requests for dynamic pages, such as PHP pages, to the appropriate application server for processing. Now I'll close the browser and return to Dreamweaver and close this page. Now let's see what happens with a PHP page. I will go to the Files panel to the index.htm file which is the homepage.

Then I will rename it, I will right- click on it and choose Edit > Rename, and I will change the name of the file from index.htm to index.php. When I press Enter or Return, Dreamweaver detects all of the references to this page in any of the other pages of the site and asks me whether I want to update the links. I will click Update and Dreamweaver accomplishes the update throughout the site, and then I'll double quick index.php and I'll run the page in the browser.

Once again I'm asked whether I want to update the copy on the testing server and in the secondary dialog, whether I want to put the dependent files. I will click Yes for both dialogs, and now I should say that the browser is loading the PHP version. So if you've gotten this far, you're successfully testing your PHP file by requesting it from the web server, which dispatches the request to the PHP server, which processes the file and sends content back to the client, the browser, through the HTTP server.

If you're having trouble with this, make sure that your server is running, either WAMP server or MAMP, and also make sure that you can load HTML files correctly using the localhost web address. If everything is working, you're ready to start creating your own PHP pages.

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Dreamweaver with PHP and MySQL

61 video lessons · 37040 viewers

David Gassner
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  1. 8m 48s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      2m 17s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 40s
    4. Understanding the differences between Dreamweaver CS5.5 and CS6
      3m 26s
  2. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding static vs. dynamic web pages
      4m 32s
    2. Selecting application and database servers
      6m 10s
    3. Introducing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      6m 36s
    4. Installing Apache, MySQL, and PHP
      2m 13s
  3. 39m 34s
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver site
      3m 22s
    2. Configuring a PHP testing server
      7m 48s
    3. Creating and testing a PHP-based web page
      8m 25s
    4. Adding PHP commands with the Insert panel
      3m 14s
    5. Setting and outputting simple variables
      3m 56s
    6. Testing pages with Live view and Live Code view
      2m 9s
    7. Using server-side includes
      7m 50s
    8. Navigating included pages with the Code Navigator
      2m 50s
  4. 36m 37s
    1. Using code hinting with PHP variables
      5m 31s
    2. Understanding PHP custom classes
      6m 38s
    3. Adding Zend Framework to PHP on Windows
      5m 18s
    4. Adding Zend Framework to PHP on Mac
      4m 2s
    5. Using the Site-Specific Code Hints feature
      3m 43s
    6. Using Zend Framework classes with code hints
      7m 26s
    7. Managing reusable code with the Snippets panel
      3m 59s
  5. 18m 27s
    1. Understanding relational databases
      5m 26s
    2. Creating a MySQL database in phpMyAdmin
      4m 41s
    3. Adding data in phpMyAdmin
      2m 46s
    4. Importing a completed database from a script
      5m 34s
  6. 39m 35s
    1. Defining a Dreamweaver database connection
      5m 27s
    2. Building a simple recordset
      4m 31s
    3. Building an advanced recordset
      5m 1s
    4. Displaying data with repeating regions
      6m 4s
    5. Displaying data in a dynamic table
      4m 15s
    6. Formatting dynamic data
      4m 54s
    7. Displaying the total number of records
      2m 4s
    8. Limiting records with paging controls
      4m 5s
    9. Creating conditional regions
      3m 14s
  7. 43m 12s
    1. Building a simple data entry form
      5m 27s
    2. Handling form submissions with PHP
      5m 12s
    3. Creating a customer email form
      3m 9s
    4. Validating form controls with Spry
      7m 54s
    5. Populating a list control with dynamic data
      4m 50s
    6. Working with multiple checkbox controls
      8m 5s
    7. Sending email with Zend_Mail
      8m 35s
  8. 50m 51s
    1. Using data wizards
      6m 20s
    2. Formatting dates for SQL
      5m 27s
    3. Creating a custom data entry form
      4m 50s
    4. Preparing a database table for server behaviors
      3m 3s
    5. Using the Insert Record server behavior
      5m 42s
    6. Preparing an update form
      7m 6s
    7. Using the Update Form behavior
      5m 46s
    8. Creating list page links to edit and update data
      7m 3s
    9. Using the Delete Record server behavior
      5m 34s
  9. 14m 45s
    1. Creating a login form with a PHP server behavior
      6m 29s
    2. Protecting page access with PHP server behaviors
      4m 17s
    3. Logging out with a PHP server behavior
      3m 59s
  10. 22m 50s
    1. Configuring a remote server with FTP credentials
      4m 42s
    2. Synchronizing site assets with the remote server
      5m 27s
    3. Exporting the MySQL database to a script
      3m 8s
    4. Importing the MySQL database on a remote server
      2m 24s
    5. Configuring the site for the remote database
      7m 9s
  11. 52s
    1. Final thoughts
      52s

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