Learn Web Development – The Super Simple Way

Let’s just get down to it

In order to learn web development, you’ll need to set up a development environment. I prefer WAMP because I’m on Windows. The W stands for Windows. WAMP stands for Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP. Apache is the web server that PHP requires in order to run. PHP is an interpreted language which means that it doesn’t need to be compiled for a computer to understand, like Java or C++. There are other *AMP installations, such as XAMPP, or MAMP that can be installed on a Mac. A Mac, being built on Unix architecture,

Installing WAMP

So, install WAMP. You might have to also install Visual Studio 2012 VC 11 vcredist_x64/86.exe to make it work. Once you go through the install wizard, you should be able to just type http://localhost in your browser and see a similar page to this:

The localhost website

The localhost website

If you see the above image, fantastic! You’ve just installed your first web server. You need this to set up your website(s).

We now have to set up your first website. If you installed WAMP using default install options, your default server should be located under c:\wamp\www. If you go to that folder, you’ll see an index.php file. This is what’s rendering that image above. We will set up our environment so that we can have multiple virtual websites we can build.

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