WampServer delivers a smart, Windows-friendly platform for Apache, MySQL and PHP-based apps

By Susan Perschke, Network World |  Software

Although it appeared we had successfully installed WampServer, we wanted to test its suitability for hosting PHP apps that use MySQL as the backend database. We chose Drupal and WordPress as the test candidates. Both packages have installers that automate most of the installation process. However, both apps also require a MySQL database as a starting point. We utilized the Web interface PHPMyAdmin to set up the initial databases. PHPMyAdmin is a Web utility for MySQL that can be accessed from the homepage or by navigating directly to http://localhost/phpmyadmin.

Important security note

One thing to keep in mind: By default, MySQL is installed with the super admin account "root" enabled, but not password-protected.As the default MySQL install is a very vulnerable configuration, our first instinct was to secure it immediately. However, we soon discovered that this caused problems with our subsequent PHP product installs, especially Drupal, so we left security "as is" for the initial install of our PHP apps (we locked it down afterward).

To install Drupal, we created a new MySQL database named "drupal" and did nothing further in MySQL. We then copied our downloaded Drupal files into d:\wamp\www\drupal, which made Drupal a subdirectory off the WampServer websites root (equivalent to inetpub in IIS). We then launched the Drupal installer in an IE browser window (http://localhost/drupal/install.php).

The Drupal installer proceeded through a series of Web pages designed to act like a wizard. When prompted for the database info we entered the database name we created earlier, "drupal," and "root" for the user account with no password. The Drupal installer set up the database automatically from there, prompting for a few additional configuration parameters. We selected "localhost" as the name of our test site. The result was a basic, working Drupal installation that was operational less than two minutes after launching the installer.

We decided to proceed to the next install, which was WordPress. Once again, we created a MySQL database named "wordpress" and did nothing further in MySQL (no tables, users, or permissions). We copied the WordPress installation files into d:\wamp\www\wordpress and opened the installer in IE (http://localhost/wordpress/). The installer proceeded in a similar manner to Drupal, with prompts for the MySQL database name and various other initial setup parameters such as the WordPress admin account. Again, the install proceeded flawlessly and we had a working WordPress site running in just a few moments.

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