XAMPP is an open source free software developed by Apache friends. XAMPP software package contains Apache distributions for Apache server, MariaDB, PHP, and Perl.
The full form of XAMPP is X stands for Cross-platform, (A)Apache server, (M)MariaDB, (P)PHP and (P)Perl. The Cross-platform usually means that it can run on any computer with any operating system. Apache is an open source free web server software. This application helps to carry the web content to be accessed by the internet.
The localhost means that you want to host your website from your computer. And when we are designing a website offline so it is necessary to install a localhost server. As I am going to download and install xampp. You can easily download it from http://www.apachefriends.org/
How to install xampp on windows
XAMPP for Windows 7 version provides an easy to install Apache-MySQL-PHP-PERL-PEAR framework. XAMPP saves time and effort and provides the software support for web frameworks like Drupal, Joomla, Moodle, or wikiMedia on any Windows PC.
Dear friends the installation of Xampp LocalHost server is very easy. Just click next and next… lets start.
Step 1 :In your web browser, go to https://www.apachefriends.org/index.html
Step 2:Click on the download link for XAMPP.
Step 3:When prompted for the download, click “Save” and wait for your download to finish.
Step 4:Open CD or DVD drive from My Computer. Install the program, and click on “Run.”
Step 5:Accept the default settings. A command will open and offer an initial installation prompt. Just hit the Enter key, and accept the default settings. To simplify installation, just hit ENTER when prompted on the command line. You can always change settings, by editing the configuration files later.
Step 6:When your installation is complete, exit the command window by typing x on the command line.
Step 7: Go and Start the XAMPP Control Panel.
Step 8:Go and Start the Apache and MySQL components. You can also start the other components, if you plan to use them now.
Step 9:You can Verify the Apache install, by clicking on the Apache administrative link in the Control Panel.
Step 10:You can Verify the MySQL installation, by clicking on the MySQL administrative link in the XAMPP Control Panel.
- If the verification steps are successful, XAMPP should be successfully installed on your PC. Open a browser and enter “localhost” on your address bar. You will be redirected to a page telling you that you’ve successfully installed xampp on your system