In this chapter, you will learn how to install Vanilla on a local computer. By doing so, it will save you time from updating and previewing files (so, you don’t have to frequently upload files to a web server every time you make a change). You can also use the local version to test new plugins, themes, and upgrades. This chapter is intended for beginners who want to learn how to run Vanilla locally.
If you have some technical background, you can skip the detailed steps in this chapter. Here are the simplified steps on how to install Vanilla on a local computer:
In order to run any PHP/database application on a local computer, you need a local host (ie. Apache + MySQL). For Mac, use MAMP. For PC, use XAMPP or WAMP.
After you’ve installed MAMP, run it and it should take you to the start page. Now click on phpMyAdmin. In the phpMyAdmin page, create a new database (eg. vanilla).
Go to vanillaforums.org and download the latest release of Vanilla. Go to the htdocs folder (where you installed the MAMP), extract the vanilla.zip to a new folder (eg. vanilla).
With your browser, go to http://localhost/vanilla/ and follow the instructions to install Vanilla.
Now you have a brand new install of Vanilla on your localhost.
|Edited July 2011 by Tim|