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Deron Sizemore

Newb here...looking to use Uniform Server

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Hi,

 

I recently was referred to uniform server as a solution to test some website locally on my windows based machine.

 

Everything I've read and seen about Uniform Server seems to be great! At one time I had an Apache installed on my machine but found it a little confusing/overkill for what I wanted to do. I'm not doing any big time hosting or anything. Just would like to download a CMS and test it out locally.

 

I'm just wondering what security issues I should be aware of with uniform server, if any? Like, once downloaded and installed on my machine, is their anything else I should do to lock it down to ensure my machine isn't hacked into?

 

Thanks,

Deron

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I personally think UniServer is an ideal choice for a test server it does not romp over your registry or leave any artefacts when uninstalled.

 

Regarding security the default installation is locked down so only local host is allowed access. Do not delete or modify the file named .htaccess contained in the folder www the first three lines of this file are what locks it down.

 

When you run the servers for the first time your firewall may challenge Apache and MySQL Internet access for correct operation allow listen on all ports to both challanges.

 

You stated, “At one time I had an Apache installed on my machine” however you did not mention if you also installed MySQL if you did and delected it you may have problems with MySQL this is because even when you remove a prevvious version some artifacts are left behind (not true of UniServer). Search for this file: LIBMYSQL.DLL in either C:/windows or C:/windows/System32 folder and delete it.

 

Well thats all you need to do for a test server so enjoy.

 

:rolleyes:

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Hi Ric,

 

Thanks for your reply. Well, I at one time had Apache/PHP/MySQL installed on my home machine and at the time it was because I was interested in learning php/mysql to create dynamic websites. Well I came to the conclusion that I'm just not a programmer and gave that up and now I'm just using TextPattern CMS, but would like to try out Expression Engine, but don't want to do all the work setting it up on my host. It'd be easier for me to keep using TextPattern for what I'm doing and text out EE locally to see if I like it.

 

I should have also specified that Uniform Server wont be going on the same machine that I originally had Apache/PHP/MySQL. I'm going to put it on my work laptop, so there shouldn't be any conflicts with that.

 

Thanks for your help! :-)

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I'm just using TextPattern CMS, but would like to try out Expression Engine, but don't want to do all the work setting it up on my host. It'd be easier for me to keep using TextPattern for what I'm doing and text out EE locally to see if I like it.

 

 

Hi Deron,

 

I have installed Expression Engine on my PC using Uniform Server, it installs and runs with no problems at all.

 

Hosting it on the web is also easy as it is a straightforward install and only needs standard hosting setups for Php and Mysql etc.

 

Good luck,

 

Michael

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