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    While most of us use hosting services provided by companies that are paid good money to allow us to host our sites in their servers, there is also a percentage of users that have decided to host their sites or developing environments on their own home computers.

    If you are a developer or someone who is interested in learning how websites work and why not, even run your own site on your home pc you can do so much easier than you though it would be possible.

    The solution is a combination of technologies known as LAMP or WAMP.

    What is that?

    LAMP stands for Linux Apache MySQL PHP while WAMP stands for Windows Apache MySQL PHP.

    So they are basically the same programs, just running on different Operating Systems. Since the majority of users uses Windows on their Home Computers, I will go with the WAMP approach on setting up our hosting environment. LAMP guide will follow soon

    OK, lets get started with a quick look at what each one of the above applications does.

    Windows is our Operating Systems, the one that we will run our applications.
    Apache is our Web Server application, used to serve web pages and web services to users requesting them on a network.
    MySQL is the database, used to store data that our pages hold and our services need.
    PHP is the programming language that is used to write the pages and services that interact with the users and the database and the webserver. The glue if you wish that binds them all and makes things look easy on your browser. You are now looking at a PHP page by the way.

    Now that you know what each of these programs does, lets look at the next step, getting them and installing them.

    Normally, all the above programs are written for Linux. Linux programs cant be run in Windows. But things have changed in the last years and companies have started offering their applications also for Windows, there are also some good people that have taken the programs and "converted" them to Windows applications in order for us to use them. Thats the power of Open Source. More on that on later guides

    Since we now know that we can get the above programs for windows its time to start downloading them. We can do so one by one, which is not really preferred as their is a much easier way. Again some good people have decided to pack all the programs into one large package and offer us the ability to not just download them all at once, but also to install them AND provice us with a basic configuration to allow us to start working.

    There are various such packages, all are good but I believe the Apache Friends XAMPP package is the best one in terms of user friendly and range of applications it includes.

    Without further delay, head over to
    Code:
    <a href="http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp-windows.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Apache Friends</a
    and get their Windows Package. The site is also available in other languages so that is an added bonus to people that find English hard to follow.

    You will see various packages for windows on that site. Get the
    Code:
    <a href="http://www.apachefriends.org/download.php?xampp-win32-1.7.4-VC6-installer.exe" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Windows Installer</a
    one and when its done, start the installation process.

    More on that on [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of our guide.

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