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    which version to install, and how...

    hi!
    my web host only has php 4.3 on thier servers. i'm a newbie to php/mysql and not sure what version i need to install on my computer. my assumption would be to install version 4.3, to match up with my host.

    the other problem i'm running into is that all the instructions i've seen for installing php are for php 5. i've also seen things like wampserver.com that seem to do a lot of the work for you.. but those also seem to only deal with php 5.

    so, should i install php 5?
    or should i install php 4.3, and if so, where can i find instructions, or something like wampserver that will do the work for me.?

    thanks!


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    I'd stick with 4.3 to match your host and as you're new php5 might complicate matters.

    http://php.net/manual/en/install.php
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...hp4+on+windows
    http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

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    I'm using xampp. http://www.xampp.org. It's a great web server and I've never had a problem with it. Check it out.

    I'm only new to php/mysql so I can't advise on php version although I'm learning php5.
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    Well, it kind of depends on what you're going to do. On the one hand, if your host is using 4.3 installing 4.3 would be one logical choice. However, what if they switch to 5.x? You will need to know your code is still compatible with it and knowing that ahead of time by testing on 5.x is a good plan as well.

    The only real difference between installing 4.3 and 5.x is the Apache module you will need to use (assuming you use Apache). Do you already have an http server setup? MySQL server if necessary? Are you using Windows or *nix? These are all important questions when pointing you to an appropriate tutorial.

    Consequently, if you are going to be running your server on Windows I have written a very extensive tutorial on installing Apache, PHP, MySQL, Perl, ad nauseum on a Windows platform. If you wish me to link you to this tutorial please send me a PM and I will provide the link as I don't know if it is currently applicable.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by binjured
    Well, it kind of depends on what you're going to do.
    i'm trying to make the move from web design to development & learning php/mysql. i'm starting by updating my current website, and adding a CMS. the CMS i intend to use is Xaraya ( http://www.xaraya.com/ ).

    i'll be using a windows machine (XP), mysql, and i *think* Appache. (still a little unclear of how everything fits together.. ) of course i'd prefer to learn with the most current php version, but my budget is tight, and my hosting price is working for me at the moment. i'm not sure when they will be switching, but will email them and ask.


    Do you already have an http server setup? MySQL server if necessary?
    i dont currently have ANYTHING set up. starting at ground zero.

    its begining to sound like your tutorial might be the thing i'm looking for! if so, i can PM you to see about getting the info on your tutorial, or you can post it here, if you think it would be helpfull to anybody else! either way, if you think your tutorial is targeted towards someone in my position, i'd be VERY gratefull to read it!

    and thanks for ALL of your replies!!
    sitepoint rocks!



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