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Monday, April 21, 2008

Configuring Apache Web Server and PHP

[Update: You may download the MSI package of PHP instead of the ZIP one which would do all the set-up and configuration itself and you wouldn’t have to do the following by yourself]

This is the crucial part guys, first I start off with giving the locations of the configuration files of Apache and PHP.

Apache: [X:\…]\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\conf\httpd.conf
PHP: [Y:]\PHP\php.ini-dist [renamed to php.ini later]

Now let’s start guys:

1. Start by backing up both the configuration files, you’d need them in case you mess up the files.

2 .Rename the php.ini-dist file to php.ini

3. Look for a line like below
doc_root
and make it look like
doc_root =[X:\…]\Apache Software Foundation\Apache2.2\htdocs

be sure to change ’[X:\…]\’ with the location you installed Apache server in. Save the file.

4. Open the folder you installed PHP in. There you’ll see lots of DLL files, select them all and click copy. Now open your Windows System directory and click paste. If any of the files already seem to be there be sure to make a back up of them.

Location of Windows system folder for various versions of windows is listed below:

Windows XP/Vista: c:\windows\system32
Windows NT/200: c:\winnt\system32

5. Now, copy the php.ini file (the one you edited) and paste it in the system root directory.

Again the Location of Windows root directory for various versions of windows is listed below:

Windows XP/Vista: c:\windows\
Windows NT/200: c:\winnt\

6. Now PHP itself is all set-up, its time now to tell Apache to use it to interpret special files(.php). Open the httpd.conf (Apache configuration file)

7. Seach for the word “Load Module” without the quotes, you’d see many such lines, scroll to the end of that section and paste or type these lines after the last Load Module statement:

#-----For PHP--------
   LoadModule php5_module "x:/php/php5apache2_2.dll"
AddType application/x-httpd-php .php
# For syntax highlighted .phps files,
   AddType application/x-httpd-php-source .phps
#-----/For PHP--------

Change the line “x:/php/php5apache2_2.dll” from ‘x’ to the drive you installed PHP in. Save the file.

Now we are all set-up, restart the Apache server for the changes to take effect. Copy and paste the following in Notepad and save it with a ‘.php’ extension (Save as type: All Files) and put the file in the htdocs folder.

  <?php
  phpinfo();
  ?>

Now open the browser and type http://localhost/[filename].php.

You should see something like below, if you have done everything correctly.

PHP info

If not replace both the configuration files by the backed up ones and start all over again.

Best of luck!

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