Installing Apache, PHP, and MySQL on your computer

If you want to start developing websites, you should set up a development environment on your local machine (computer) so you can work offline before making your websites live online.  This also means you can work on your websites even when you’re not online, which is kind of convenient if you’re traveling or don’t have a good internet connection.  It’s faster than working online (every time you make a change you have to connect to the website through the internet, as opposed to making a change on your local machine and just connecting to your machine).   Also, if you already have a website up and running (a production website) you can try making changes the website on an installation of that website on your local machine before making those changes live to the universe.  I’ve been learning about developing websites for the last year, and getting a development environment on my computer has been great.  The last few times I’ve had to set it up I’ve gotten help from much more technical people, but this time I bit the bullet and did it all by myself.  I hope these instructions can help even the most non-technical person.

These instructions are broken down into 3 main installations:

  1. Download and install Apache
  2. Download and install PHP
  3. Download and install MySQL Continue reading

Learning about Magento

We found a client who was having trouble with an OS-Commerce based website.  Since we had been meaning to learn more about Magento, we suggested that we switch her site from OS Commerce to Magento.  Two weeks later we launched the site – check it out at Perfectly Packed.

perfectly packed inc

Perfectly Packed takes the hassle out of business packing for men and women. Classic, versatile, travel-friendly coordinates make up both the women’s wardrobe and the men’s wardrobe. With multiple, coordinated pieces, and custom length sleeves and pants, these made-to-order wardrobes are stylish, durable, convenient and cost effective.

New company website up and humming…

Chris and I just completed the website for our technology consulting company, Rikuni.  The website development served many purposes: I learned more about PHP, JavaScript, and JQuery, while Chris and I worked on our Agile Development techniques.  A good experience for both of us.  See if you can figure out why we named the company Rikuni – it’s hidden on the home page.