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Nov. 6, 2013 Workshop Meetup: Joomla Anywhere! Run Joomla from a USB Drive

joomla-usb-driveWorkshop Meetup: Run Joomla! on a USB Drive

When: November 6, 2013
Who: For all Windows XP/Vista/7/8 systems
Where: Detroit Zoo
Required: Windows Laptop and a NEW 2GB or larger USB Drive (8-16GB recommended)
Skill Level: Beginner


A Discussion about having a Holiday Party:
I'd really like to have a holiday party for all the Joomla User Group members and families. I would propose that we do a potluck style party for all members and their families on Saturday, December 7th 2013 from 2pm - 4pm at the Detroit Zoo. Please come with ideas for discussion prior to doing this workshop. If you cannot attend, please leave comments below with your ideas.

A few meetups ago, it was mentioned that you can run Joomla! from a USB Pen Drive, which is 100% correct. This month, we'll be doing just that. You will build your own portable installation of Joomla that you can take anywhere and run from any Windows Laptop or Desktop (and yes, even windows tablets). We'll look at how to do a portable installation on to the USB drive, configuration and finally running Joomla!

Having a portable copy is an excellent way to develop Joomla if you have to switch between multiple computers. We'll also show you how to access the Joomla site from other PCs on the network as well.

Workshop Synopsis:

Preparing your USB drive for Joomla!
We will be installing a portable webserver on your USB drive that enables you to run the Joomla CMS. There are certain configurations that we need to perform on the webserver, but they're really easy to do. We will also configure the MySQL database (also easy).

Installing Joomla! on the drive
We will install Joomla! on your USB drive. You can choose to install any version that you want, but we will probably install Joomla 3.1.5 during our tutorial. We will go throught the installation process and finally logging into your portable Joomla website!

You will need:

  • Windows Laptop running Windows XP or newer.
  • USB Drive - 512 is the absolute minimum. 8-16GB is recommended. Please bring a brand new one. I don't want you to accidentally wipe out exisiting files!

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