The other week I was horrified finding out how some of my friends do their CMS testing and debugging (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, whatever) – they do it online. To their defense I would say that they backup everything and put the site in maintenance mode, but it’s a real problem that they keep experimenting with their live sites, restoring backups whenever things fail. Nowaways, installing, upgrading, testing and debugging has become so easy, especially for the non-advance user who’s using a shared/VPS hosting with a pretty simple non-customized WordPress or Drupal installation.

There is no reason what so ever to install, upgrade, test and debug things on a live server. It’s slow, it causes down time, and it can sometimes drive you insane when you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong or do minor devs and manipulations.

There are many ways to get your local Windows machine ready to install, upgrade, test and debug a CMS, and I will only point out to some of those, which is what I use with some very very easy tutorials that will guide you through it.

Install, upgrade, test and debug your CMS website locally on a Windows machine Keep in mind one thing - Your PHP, apache and other applications all have log files. If things don’t work, check them out. There are a few other applications you can use to see how things are working on your machine with stuff from Sysinternals like Process Monitor. So…

Examples for using this for WordPress? Check out Webtoolscollection or WordPress@T2 for using XAMPP. Prefer this in Hebrew? Check IT-Bananas or Dakar’s.

Anything else interesting others should know about?

Good luck.

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  • http://www.netage.co.za/web-marketing/ Marketing

    Now this is a much easier way of testing. I'm also guilty of doing everything online like your friends. Now this article has just served as a breath of fresh air to me.

  • http://www.a3webtech.com Chris Price

    Hi there Fili

    Thanks for your useful stuff on Drupal CMS.

    There's a good XAMPP manual below that maybe you haven't seen? Many people have questions about how to set up XAMPP or run multiple CMS on it, so the answers are here.

    http://www.a3webtech.com/index.php/xampp-2.html

    Chris

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