Why We Love Using AMPPS to Install WordPress on Our Local PC And Other Applications

Studying web development in college, we used to argue over which was better way to install WordPress on our local computer. WAMP and XAMP were at the time the more popular options at the time. Sometimes using these servers can cause a lot of pain and heartache for hours trying to everything to work. Now I have come across AMPPS as the best solution installing a local server for either testing out WordPress developments or other CMS for music, gaming, social networking or e-commerce.

 

Click here to download AMPPS.

 

Using AMPPPS is straight forward one click install for everything.

 

WordPress in AMPPS

 

However some tricky problems may arise. It possible to get error while you are trying to run Apache such as:

Apache port 80: is being used by another application.

 

First option is to panic, second option use try workout what other process or service is using the same port as Apache. Use to the command prompt to see what is the PID of the program that using the same port.

C:\> netstat -aon

 

It is still possible that you cannot find the source of the problem. It is possible that if you are using Windows that you may have installed Internet Information Services(IIS), which is a curse and a blessing at times. To solve this, we have to go to our control panel, find the administrative tools(which can be a little hidden if you are using Vista), then open IIS Manager. Select “HTTP Response Headers” and then press stop.

 

While AMPPS can have some problems in its installation, it is such a joy to use with the freedom just click and install new software toys to play with.

 

 

Random Acts Of Chaos And Backing Up Work

I bought a new domain name which I was going to use to develop a new project I had in mind. I thought I might as well let it sit on top of my main website that I use to present myself to clients. Happy with my days work I went to get on a train to meet with a friend who works in marketing.

On the train I received a notification of an e-mail informing me that someone had installed a website on hosting. Even stranger still I received another e-mail saying that it been removed. I checked my main website. All my content had been destroyed!

I found out that someone from tech support had violated my hosting package by installing a website on top of a website that already existed. Thus destroying all my content. All I got from tech support was an explanation about happened, but they never decided to undo the destruction that they have caused. I was furious, but anger only weights one down.

So I had work on developing a new website, identical to my last, to be my new main website that I use to present myself. I was able to use PHPMyAdmin to look at my old database for some of my content. So not all was lost.

When I was a senior web developer for a company, we didnt have these kind of shenanigans. But this is the price you pay when you rely on tech support to manage your hosting. The main lesson learned is to always back up ones work. Even if you have paid money to a hosting company to protect your website form random acts of destruction, chaos can always from within.