Installing Joomla On Dev Machine

I am doing some work with Joomla 2.5 and needed to install it on my Windows 7 laptop. This is my first time working with Joomla. I began at the following link and did the following.

  • Download and install mySQL Community Server.
    • During installation I created a user for joomla.
  • Download and install Apache Web Server from one of the mirrors
    • /dist/httpd/binaries/win32
    • Specify localhost during the install
  • Download and install PHP
    • I used PHP 5.3 (5.3.26) - VC9 x86 Thread Safe - Installer
    • During installation I got a message as follows
      • Error trying access httpd.conf file. You will need to manually configure the web server.
    • To do this I had to add the following to the the httpd.conf file and restart the web server
LoadModule php5_module "c:/Program Files (x86)/php/php5apache2_2.dll"
AddHandler application/x-httpd-php .php

# configure the path to php.ini
PHPIniDir "c:/Program Files (x86)/php"

  • Download the Joomla installation files.
    • Unzip and copy to a folder under Apache htdocs
    • Follow the installation steps from my browser @ http://localhost/joomla
    • For me directory listing was enabled and index.php was not set as a default
      • This was changed by modifying the httpd.conf

# Remove Indexes from Options
<Directory "C:/Program Files (x86)/Apache Software Foundation/Apache2.2/htdocs">
Options FollowSymLinks

# Add index.php
<IfModule dir_module>
DirectoryIndex index.html index.php

Instead of individually installing the diff components you could start with WAMPSERVER.

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