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Okay so I'm making a new website for myself, using Joomla as I'm not a very good website designer , and so I will need MySQL and PHP.

However, incase even in the design stage it all goes belly-up I don't want to go ahead and pay for any website hosting now (thinking 1and1.com for when i do by the way, incase anyone was interested) but the free hosts stink..

So i was wondering how do i go about setting up something like a test server on my own computer, so I can design the website etc then should the time come, purchase web hosting and upload the content.

I did do a google search prior, but found nothing, but you guys are great anyway, so any help would be fantastic.

Cheers!
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No! Do NOT use 1and1! They are horrible! If you do end up going paid, I strongly recommend asmallorange.com. If you ever go with paid hosting, make sure you do your research. webhostingtalk.com is a great resource. Also, if a hosting plan looks too good to be true, it probably is - either that or you get horrible uptime and/or support.

Anyway, on the topic of hosting your website locally, here's a very extensive guide on how to set up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server using Ubuntu: http://howtoforge.com/lamp_installation_ubuntu6.06
 
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No! Do NOT use 1and1! They are horrible! If you do end up going paid, I strongly recommend asmallorange.com.

Anyway, on the topic of hosting your website locally, here's a very extensive guide on how to set up a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP) server using Ubuntu: http://howtoforge.com/lamp_installation_ubuntu6.06
Okay thanks very much, i'l keep the hosting comments in mind!


On another note, do I have to do it in Linux? I could install it I spose, but for the sake of possibly 2hours or so's work, it would be alot easier to stick with windows .
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Okay thanks very much, i'l keep the hosting comments in mind!


On another note, do I have to do it in Linux? I could install it I spose, but for the sake of possibly 2hours or so's work, it would be alot easier to stick with windows .
WampServer is probably what you're looking for. It's very easy to use.
 
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WampServer is probably what you're looking for. It's very easy to use.
Thanks very much, +2 Rep.
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I would agree on not using 1and1... theyre a pain, support services stink... IMHO, i would reccomend GoDaddy.com. In the web design business I work for, almost all our clients use GoDaddy, and I have never heard a single complaint. That would be my reccomendation. Good Luck!
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I would agree on not using 1and1... theyre a pain, support services stink... IMHO, i would reccomend GoDaddy.com. In the web design business I work for, almost all our clients use GoDaddy, and I have never heard a single complaint. That would be my reccomendation. Good Luck!
My complaint is the horribly non-intuitive control panel.
 
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lol. well... let me rephrase. I use dreamweaver, and remotely place all the files onto the client's godaddy host using DW... so, i have never had experience with the panel. BUT, I can imagine that there's a price to pay for simplicity If you are doing it all yourself, I couldnt comment. But if you are using another program to upload, go for it lol
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lol. well... let me rephrase. I use dreamweaver, and remotely place all the files onto the client's godaddy host using DW... so, i have never had experience with the panel. BUT, I can imagine that there's a price to pay for simplicity If you are doing it all yourself, I couldnt comment. But if you are using another program to upload, go for it lol
I edit everything locally too, but sometimes you need to change things in the control panel such as MySQL databases and subdomains and such.
 
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I agree 1&1 is garbage (it's so rare we all agree on something here... go AMD).

My 2 hosts are viux.com and m6.net, great customer service and prices if you want to check them out.

These two have very nice and intuitive control panels as well
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