I recently had an opportunity to play around with Wamp and Xampp. If you have never heard of them WAMP is short for - Windows - Apache - Mysql - Php

Xampp is a spin off of Wamp, I'm not sure how they came up with the name, but I like this program a lot.

You may have heard of LAMP to - Linux - Apache - Mysql - Php



So what is so special or great about these?

For starters they are FREE!!

One thing you can do after installing and configuring is run Dolphin on your home windows based PC, or any other php database driven script for that matter.

I don't mean to imply that you serve up and host your own site from your home PC. This is possible but there is a lot of security and additional setup for this.

What I am implying is you use wamp/xampp software to test Dolphin and/or any other php script of interest. Without this, you will not be able to test it on your windows based computer.

Why would you want to do this?

Well maybe you have a new template or design you would like to try out or even build from scratch. Maybe you have a mod or you want to try editing some files.

Maybe you want to play with the database and phpmyadmin but you were afraid you might mess up or break your site.

With wamp the possibilities are almost endless. Use it to test everything out on your local PC, without breaking your live online site.

The easiest way to create a database/database user is to run the Dolphin installer and when you get to that point let the installer create it for you.

At the screen in the installer where you are prompted for the path to php, mogrify, etc. Leave these with whatever is in there. Don't try to change the paths there really is no need to as everything will work fine with the defaults. It will tell you the paths are not found just ignore them and continue.

For file permissions most likely all file and folder permissions will be 777 which we can just leave as is for testing purposes on our local PC. There really is no need to change these since everything is stored locally. This also makes for a super fast install too. This would be a bad idea on the internet, but on our own pc windows files and folders are write-able anyway.

The only thing I haven't got to or figured out yet is how to allow exec in wamp for ffmpeg.exe associated with the ray videouploads. This one I will continue playing around with. There is almost no documentation available about it on googleor anywhere else for that matter.

I really like XAMPP, but I think most people will find WAMP easier.

The following instructions will be how to install Dolphin on WAMP.

They also assume that you have already downloaded and installed WAMP.

You may need to do some tweaking and adjustments, but this is intended to get you up and running and FAST!!

1. Start Wamp if it's not started already.

2. Click on the wamp icon in your task bar down by the time clock and find php...php settings. You will need to make sure you have "Short open tag" and "allow url include" checked as pictured.


Enable Short Open Tags



3.Now find php...php extensions. Scroll down the list until you find "php_xsl" and check this as pictured.


Enable XSL




4. Now find apache...apache modules and select the "rewrite_module".

(be careful that you don't accidentally check any php or apache modules and extensions that you don't need by accident.)


Enable Mod Rewrite




5. Now "Restart All Services" as pictured. And wait a few seconds for it to restart.

If you have a firewall of some kind and you get a pop-up telling you http is trying to access something, obviously you will have to allow it if you want to make this work.


Restart All Services




6. Download and extract the latest free Dolphin version to your desktop. Then, rename it dolphin6 for testing purposes.

7. Now copy the extracted dolphin6 folder on your desktop to C:\wamp\www\
So it would be C:\wamp\www\dolphin6

8. Now lets access the wamp dashboard and setup a quick database. Simply open a web browser and type


Wamp Dashboard




9. You will see a screen similar to below, find the "Tools" area and click on phpmyadmin:


Php MyAdmin



10. Now in phpmyadmin find the "Create new database" Area as pictured below and enter:
dolphin and select utf8_unicode_ci then click the create button.


Create Database in Php MyAdmin




Now we are done with phpmyadmin.

Let's go back to the wamp dashboard by entering into our web browser again.

11. Now from the wamp dashboard find "dolphin6" link in the "Your Projects" area this is the dolphin folder we copied over earlier. Simply clicking on the link should take you to the installer.


Choose Your Dolphin Project



12. Here is the normal install prompt just click "install"

Standard Dolphin Install



Now some of this is going to be a little different from what you are used to with cpanel or linux related hosting. This is all on our own home windows computer now so do try to follow along and don't change anything unless you know what you are doing. Forget what you are used to and follow these steps carefully if you want to successfully install this.

13. File permissions should all be green already. Click "Next"


File Permissions




14. Do not change anything in the paths and/or locations on this next screen!!
Do not worry about any of these. Leave them exactly as they are. I repeat do not change these. Do not worry about the "not found" Just click "next"


Dolphin Paths Do Not Touch!!



15. In the "Database name Description" area enter: dolphin and in the "Database user Description" area enter root. We created the database earlier using phpmyadmin.


Database Info




16. Now I have named it something unique "Dolphin Test" and I created the admin user-name: admin and password: dolphin for the admin panel.





17. Cron Jobs you most likely won't be able to do too much with. You can search google for how to use the windows task
scheduler or manually enter them into your web browser. They are not too important for a test setup. And this is a
quick install. You might want to copy them to notepad and save them to your PC somewhere for future reference or if
you want to mess with them later.



Copy Cron Jobs




18. Because windows does file permissions different from linux, and because this is on your local PC you can just
click skip and leave the permissions as write-able.


Permission Reversal - Skip It



19. Now we have seen this one before. We can remove the install directory, or just rename it to install1 for this local install.


Remove or Rename Install directory





Simply Re-name Install install1 works well.


Rename Install directory




20. Now refresh the page and boom there is Dolphin!! Notice the address, pretty cool hey!!


Brand New Dolphin




21. Click on the Forums link and let's make sure we compiled php earlier with xsl for orca. If all is well you should see orca here.


Orca Forums





22. Now click on the "Blog" in the Navigation Menu. If you properly enabled apache "mod_rewrite" earlier this link should work. If you get an error or not found page. Then, you most likely didn't enable apache mod_rewrite or you forgot to restart apache after enabling it.



23. Now let's check the admin panel, and enter our admin/dolphin password we setup up during the install.


Dolphin Admin Panel




24. Just choose "Continue using unregistered Dolphin" here.


Warning Just Continue




25. And there we go the Admin Dashboard on our local PC!!


Dolphin Admin Panel Dashboard


Now that you know how to do this and it works, you might consider deleting the database and re-installing this with different login/passwords. Maybe even use a database name other than dolphin.

Do some reading up on wamp regarding security.

Do not use this to serve up and host your own live site unless you really know what you are doing, and have
looked into how to make things more secure.

Some Notes regarding the above:
There are a few small things you will have to enable after installing either of these:

For Wamp
-Enable short tags
-xsl (for orca)
-url include (should be enabled by default but make sure)

-mod rewrite

**After changing anything be sure to restart services or restart apache for sure.

***DO NOT enable/compile anything unless you really need to and/or really know what you are doing***


-url include

-mod rewrite.

Path to xamp php ini
C:\Documents and Settings\YOUR-PC-Name\Desktop\xamp\xampp\apache\bin\php.ini


Change to:


allow_url_include = Off
allow_url_include = On

Apache conf:
C:\Documents and Settings\Jay\Desktop\xamp\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf

#LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

Change to:
LoadModule rewrite_module modules/mod_rewrite.so

After making changes to these files stop apache...restart apache for the changes to take place.

Sample locations for files
For XAMPP web documents/files go in xampp path\htdocs\web files or folders here

For Wamp C:\wamp\www\web files or folders here.

After apache and mysql are up and running you just enter into your web browser or localhost

Whether you choose or localhost you should try to use the same every time so you don't mess up a Dolphin install by using one address one time and the other the next time.

XAMPP index.html would be at:
-xampp path\htdocs\index.html

Wamp index.html would be at:
-wamp C:\wamp\www\index.html

This tutorial was written at the time of Dolphin 6.1.X version release. You may need to make minor adjustments for it to work with 7.0.X or other versions.

Written By
Tutorial by: Jeremy LeSarge (AKA Ray)

I am the owner and administrator of DialMe.com. I write Tutorials for Boonex Dolphin as well as tips and resources surrounding website programming and development. I enjoy working with WordPress, SEO, and Web Hosting / Servers. I also maintain a WordPress Blog here on this site where you will find a variety of technology and webmaster resources.

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