Once you have WAMP Server installed, launch the server by double clicking on the WAMP icon.
You will see the WAMP icon appear in your system tray. The Icon will transition from RED to Orange to Green.
If your ICON stalls on Orange, it means one of the services in WAMP server did not load properly.
A common issue is if you have Skype running before attempting to launch WAMP server.
Since some of the Skype services operate on the same PORT as WAMP Server, (Port 80), there will be a conflict between the two applications.
Turn Skype off and try to launch the server again.
If the problem persists, you may need to consult a system administrator for further assistance.
Once the icon turns green, click on it to bring up the WAMP menu.
From the menu we can do a number of things.
First, we have the ability to restart, stop, or start all WAMP services. This includes, Apache Web Server, MySQL, and PHP.
It's normally a good idea to restart WAMP after you make changes to configuration files.
Next, you will see a number of sub-menus and quick access files.
The first is the MySQL Menu. Here you can get the MySQL Version. You can also Stop, Restart or Uninstall the MySQL service.
The MySQL Console allows you to execute commands through a command console. Administering MySQL databases through command lines is fairly technical. For this reason, we will be working with PhpMyAdmin later in this course. PhpMyAdmin allows for quick and easy database administration through a Graphical User Interface.
The my.ini is an important configuration file for the MySQL service. For now you can leave the file with its default configurations.
Next, similar to the MySQL menu we have a PHP Menu.
Here we can check the PHP Version, configure PHP Settings, and enable or disable PHP extensions.
Take a moment to confirm that your default settings are the same as what we have here.
We will explore some of the relevant ones later in the course.
The php.ini file contains important settings for your PHP configuration.
Next we have the Apache Menu.
In this menu we can check the Apache Version we currently have installed.
We can Stop, Restart or Remove the service.
You can Test Port 80 to make sure it is used by Apache
The httpd.conf file contains important configuration settings for Apache Server.
The www directory, is the Web Root folder.
All your websites and website files should be stored in this folder. Using the www folder for our web pages allows us to test dynamic scripts such as PHP files that interact with our MySQL databases.
PHP files that are stored outside this directory will not function.
In the next lesson we will test a few sample scripts to make sure that pages inside your root folder are working correctly.
Next, we have a quick access link to PhpMyAdmin.
PhpMyAdmin is a database administration tool that we will be working extensively with, later in this course.
The My Projects folder contains a listing of all the website folders in the www directory.
The localhost quick access link will launch your web browser with the default WampServer page.
We will be exploring this page later on, but as a quick overview, it contains information about your Apache and PHP version. It also lists your loaded extensions and MySQL version.
We can access certain tools, under the Tools heading and our website folders under the "Your Projects" heading.