Run Joomla 3 on Windows 7
Having a development environment is essential to minimize the risk of breaking your live website. It also makes sense to do for testing of new extensions and templates. Since we'll be installing Joomla 3.03 (latest at the time of this writing), there's a real need to test extensions when you're using the latest short term releases!
You'll need to download XAMPP for Windows (also available for Mac, Linux and Solaris)
Note: If you have Skype installed, you have to take the preliminary steps outlined here:
- Go to Tools > Options > Advanced (left menu) > Connection
- Uncheck "Use port 80 and 443 as alternatice for incoming connections"
Double Click your freshly downloaded XAMPP to install it.
Accept the UAC pop up to allow the installation:
Next, you might see the following popup. Just click "OK".
Follow the steps below:
(above) click next
(above) Click next again (really exciting, eh?)
(above) Guess what... yeah, click next again :D
XAMPP should install now to your computer. Just sit back and wait. This process can take up to 10 minutes.
(above) Click on 'YES'.
XAMPP is Running (below)
Next, we'll install the Bitnami Installer, a one-click installer for XAMPP. Quoted from the XAMPP website:
At BitNami, we have been great admirers of XAMPP and what it has accomplished: making it easier for programmers everywhere to quickly setup and run their own local web development environments. We had a similar goal of making web apps easier to install anywhere, whether in your laptop or in the cloud. When Kay and Kai suggested a few months ago the possibility of joining forces with them to take over maintenance of XAMPP, it was an easy decision for us. Over the next weeks and months we will be working to continue to improve XAMPP. A big chunk of our expertise is in crossplatform installation and apps. Among other things we plan to:
- Improve the existing installers
- Improve the bundled Control Panel
- Make it easy to install and develop with Drupal, Joomla!, WordPress, etc. on XAMPP
- Improve 64bit support, PostgreSQL, additional languages (i.e. Python)
- Improved Linux and OS X support
- Improve the website look and feel
As a first step, we have made BitNami for XAMPP, a one-click installer that will allow you to install Drupal, Joomla! and WordPress on top of your existing XAMPP installation.
So now we want to go to http://bitnami.com/stack/xampp to download the Bitnami add-on.
The installation instructions are right on the same page, so I won't bother reposting them here. Don't worry, they're super easy to follow, but like XAMPP, the installation could take 10 minutes or so.
The one VERY IMPORTANT part is when you arrive at this screen (below), it is where you define your Joomla Site Admin Username and Password:
After the install it will ask you if you want to run the app. Go ahead and click OK. you will be taken to: http://localhost/xampp/applications.html where you will see the following screen:
Click "access" to go to the front of your Joomla 3 website
To get to the administrator control panel, you would browse to http://localhost/joomla/administrator.
Remember the below screen? The username and password for the Joomla admin was set here.
That is it. You've just installed Joomla 3 on your local Windows 7 laptop or desktop!