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Covering diverse topics such as improving workflow and managing CSS styles, Dreamweaver CS3 Beyond the Basics is a hands-on course that teaches users how to move beyond standard, static websites. Instructor James Williamson explores how to increase productivity, interactivity, and accessibility with Dreamweaver. He also discusses how to extend the application's capabilities with XML and XSL. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.
In this movie we are going to setup our application server environment for the PC by installing the WAMP application server. WAMP stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP. If you are nervous at all about installing and setting up an application server, don't worry. WAMP uses a single install file to setup the entire environment. So in your browser, go ahead and navigate to www.wampserver.com. That will bring you to the homepage that you see up on my screen. Now we want to go to the download section and on the left- hand side there is a set of navigation links, so click on Downloads. It should take you to this page. You want to download the most current build, so they should have that listed as a prominent link on the page. I am going to click that to download the file.
You're going to get a message that comes up that wants you to save the executable file and we're just going to save it out to the desktop, we're going to say Save File and that will download it. Once we have passed finished downloading, we just want to go ahead and double-click on the installation file and you've got a wizard that's going to walk you through the installation setup. We can just go through this together, we'll choose Next, and we're going to accept the end user agreement and click Next, and just go ahead and leave everything at this point to their defaults.
So Next, and we are just going to call it WampServer. I am going to go ahead and select Auto Start so that as soon as my install is finished the server is going to automatically go ahead and start up, because there are some configuration things that we need to take care of. So I'll choose Next, and it gives me a summary, and we'll click Install. At one stage during the installation process, WAMP is going to ask you to choose a directory for your document root. We're going to leave the default directory of www and this will be the folder that we have set up in Dreamweaver as our remote folder. So this is a folder that we will upload all the files that we want to test on our remote testing server. So we'll click OK to accept the default. You could also setup a Mail Server at this point, we'll just go ahead and click Next. We will just leave the default email address.
If you have Firefox installed it will prompt to see if you want to set that up as your default browser. Again I am just going to stick with the default and say Yes. As soon as your setup is complete you'll have the option to launch WAMP. Now I am going to go ahead and click Finish and make sure it launches up on finishing. Now that we've got WAMP installed we're going to go ahead and double-check to make sure everything installed correctly and begin to work on our database. If you did not go ahead and start automatically upon installing it, to start the WAMP server you're going to go to All Programs, you'll find the WAMP server, and you should have a link right there to start the WAMP server, mine is always started so I don't need to do that.
When WAMP server is running it's going to add an icon over to your taskbar and it will look like a speedometer, and if it's totally white all services are running fine, or if you have yellow or red highlight in there that means it's indicating some problems or that not all the services are currently running. So I am going to click on my taskbar, and one of the ways to check, make sure everything is running properly is I am just going to click on the top link to Localhost. When I select that it's going to launch my default browser which is Firefox, and I can see up in the title bar, it says http://localhost and I have my server configuration, so everything here is running just fine. I will close out of my browser.
So now that's correctly installed and we know that WAMP is running fine. We're going to go ahead and in our next exercise work on setting up our database. So to do that I am going to use the phpMyAdmin, so go ahead and click on your taskbar menu item to launch the WAMP control panel and the second link from the top is phpMyAdmin, that's what you want to click. That should again launch your browser. Inside your browser it should display your control panel for PHP at MyAdmin. So this is where we will pick up in our next exercise.
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