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February 2, 2016

MAMP- Apache, PHP, mySQL on Mac OSX

I talked in a recent post about WampServer, I’d like to mention the Mac OSX equivalent, namely MAMP. According to their site MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac or Windows computer. Personally, I need this software solution to run local copies of my web sites on the collection of Mac’s I have.

MAMP comes in two flavours: -

  1. Mamp Free – a One-click-solution for setting up your personal webserver.
  2. Mamp Pro - Configure an unlimited number of virtual hosts, DynDNS, email…

Once again MAMP is really simple to install and once this is done copying across your web server files will have your web site running locally in no time. You can use the admin page pictured below to access myPhpadmin and administer mySQL. 

MAMP Administration Page

This video shows how to install and configure the software. Furthermore you can also watch tutorials on

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February 2, 2016

WAMP Server - Apache, PHP, mySQL on Windows

Recently I discovered WampServer which according to their Web Site is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your databases.

Since I run my own web sites and have been doing so for quite some time I wanted to find something that would allow me to run my web sites on a local machine. This would effectively allow me to run a copy of my web site for testing and simulation rather than using a live environment for undertaking these kinds of activity.

What I liked about WampServer is that it is really easy to install and configure. This clip shows you how.

Once you’ve installed WampServer it’s as easy as copying your web server files to the local Wampserver directory to get your web site up. If your site runs off a database (which mine does) you simply need to import a copy and establish a database connection, all this is possible through PhpMyAdmin as shown below 

phpMyAdmin installed through WampServer

What I also like about WampServer is that it is available for free (under GPML license) in two distinct versions : 32 and 64 bits. Wampserver 2.5 is not compatible with Windows XP, neither with SP3, nor Windows Server 2003. Older WampServer versions are available on SourceForge.

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January 23, 2016

Connecting to an SFTP Server with an FTP Client

The Problem

Recently I upgraded this web site to a new service provider. The new service provider only supported secure ftp (SFTP) for uploading/downloading of files to/from the server and this meant that any client software that did not support SFTP was effectively rendered useless.

I’m quite reliant on software like Windows Live Writer for posting blog entries and WebLog Expert for analysis of server log files. However, both of these software clients only use “regular” ftp for uploading/downloading files. I momentarily thought I would not be able to use them but soon realised there must be some software that provides a bridge between an FTP client and an SFTP server. A quick Google soon revealed the software I thought was most suitable for the job.

The Solution

Bitvise SSH Client

According to their web site Bitvise SSH Client for Windows includes state of the art terminal emulation, graphical as well as command-line SFTP support, an FTP-to-SFTP bridge, powerful tunnelling features including dynamic port forwarding through integrated proxy, and also remote administration for our SSH Server.

I downloaded a trial version of the software and very soon found myself purchasing a licensed copy as I found it quite suitable for my needs and simple to use.

Firstly you capture the login credentials of the SFTP server you are connecting to

Bitvise SSH Client SFTP Login Screen

Secondly you activate or establish the ftp to sftp bridge. This effectively creates a local ftp interface at IP (localhost) which can be used by any client software that would like to connect to the server through the tunnel.

Bitvise SSH Client FTP to SFTP Bridge Creation

Lastly, you can now configure any client software you have to connect using Bitwise. In the examples below I show the ftp details you would enter for Windows Live Writer image upload via ftp and the Weblog Expert ftp details you would specify to download log files for analysis from your Web Server.

WebLog Expert FTP Configuration

WebLog Expert ftp configuration

Windows Live Writer image FTP setup

Windows Live Writer FTP Setup for Images

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