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Which localhost server do you use for xenForo?

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by shenmuee, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. shenmuee

    shenmuee Active Member

    I am just curious.... Which localhost server do you use for xenForo? Xampp, Zend or Apache? for me, i am used to Wamp. However friends told me there are no support for ApacheTriad anymore.
  2. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I used both XAMPP and WAMP in Windows and found their general performance and reliability to be pretty poor. I guess when you install them they aren't exactly as optimised as they could be.

    So, I use Zend Server Free Edition now.

    It includes lots of bloat, actually, but I tend to just install the Server part and the bits relating to performance and caching (Zend Optimizer etc.) and it works great.

    It always wants to install your htdocs folder in C:\Program Files\Zend\Apache2\htdocs though so in later version of Windows you'll get User Account Control problems so you will either need to move htdocs to another location that is writable (my documents, etc.) or make your htdocs folder specifically writable and override any inheriting permissions.
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I've used XAMPP for years.

    The last time I tried to install ZEND I had a port issue which I couldn't resolve.
    I think it may have had something to do with Skype so I'll give it another go.
  4. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I had the same thing, I think but it wasn't Skype related.

    I think something still had a binding on port 80, presumably from the previous web server. One thought is, before uninstalling your existing stack, change its port to something obscure like 8888. That way, you know before you install the next one port 80 shouldn't be in use. Just in case something in the uninstall of the old stack doesn't release it.
  5. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    I've got a test VPS I use that has CentOS 5.9 with Nginx, MariaDB, PHP5.4. I've also got Ubuntu 12.10 on my laptop with Nginx, Percona and PHP 5.4.
  6. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    The last time it was a clean install of Windows but I'll bear that in mind anyway for the next time I try it.

    I would like to start using something more up to date as the version of XAMPP I am using is years old, due to bugs and problems introduced in later builds.
  7. adgsteve

    adgsteve Member

    I'm currently using EasyPHP and it works fine. I did have a permissions problem with Win7 that I tracked down to having it installed in the Program Files folder. Moving the install to the drive root fixed all that. And if you use Skype you'll have to change ports...
  8. Sim

    Sim Well-Known Member

    I started having problems with XAMPP - so I swapped to Zend Server Free Edition (previously called Community Edition?).
  9. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Windows build of nginx, a few php-cgi processes (manually spawned due to lack of php-fpm) and the 'official' windows build of mysql
  10. arr0w

    arr0w Member

    I've used XAMPP for years and never had a problem with it until recently, when I upgraded to one of their newer versions I couldn't work on vB anymore, since it doesn't support PHP 5.4 yet. I downgraded it and works fine for me.
  11. shawn

    shawn Well-Known Member

    Windows box with Ubuntu and CentOS VMs
  12. Rambro

    Rambro Well-Known Member

    tried MAMP for osx and it was horribly convoluted. at least for a newb like me. trying Zend now actually. wish i could find a worthwhile guide for setting it up on osx.
  13. Mike Tougeron

    Mike Tougeron Well-Known Member

    I use the ZendServer community edition on OSX. It covers everything and is super easy to maintain.
  14. Sheratan

    Sheratan Well-Known Member

  15. Jesepi

    Jesepi Well-Known Member

    I like being as close as possible to my "live" environment, so I run a Debian 6 virtual machine with dotdeb repositories of nginx, php, and mysql. Once I am finished I can just suspend the VM and it all goes away until I need it again. Making snapshots before I do a change/update is also a great thing.
  16. Hoffi

    Hoffi Well-Known Member

    Localhost I use XAMPP, then I have a RaspberryPI with a small Test Environment to test on Linux and remote.
  17. Lost

    Lost Well-Known Member

    I just switched to AMPPS on my Mac. I'll be installing AMPPS on my Windows machine shortly as well.
  18. RoldanLT

    RoldanLT Well-Known Member

    sudo apt-get install apache2,php5,mysql
    Ubuntu Here.
  19. Teapot

    Teapot Well-Known Member

    I use a Homebrew'd install of nginx, PHP-fpm, and Percona. Works well for my local development needs :D
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  20. tyteen4a03

    tyteen4a03 Well-Known Member


    Need to install a real environment...

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