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Old 02-06-03, 03:24 AM
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PHP and MySQL host

In the past couple days, I've spent a little bit of time reading up on both PHP and MySQL. After looking at some sample code and the results, I figure that it won't be so painful to learn.

I've found plenty of resources, but the only problem is finding a reliable host that I can use to practice my skills on. The servers at my school don't provide either PHP or SQL support for the free pages, and charge a ridiculous amount for that support.

Does anybody know of any free servers that provide support for both PHP and MySQL? I'm not looking to keep a site up there for too long, just long enough to learn both SQL and PHP, and be comfortable using both. At that point, I plan on paying for the service...

can anybody help?
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The freest one you could own is simply setting up a Linux box and running those things off of your own computer. Other than that I don't think you'll have any luck unless you pay.
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I wish I had an extra computer to make into a linux box..but no dice there. Since I'm a CIS major, I'm gonna try and convince my prof to give me access to the department's sweet elab linux servers. If i can get access to that, then i'll be able to practice all i want.

If not, then i guess i might actually have to pay for this...but don't want to!
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Just run a dual boot on your regular machine. As a CIS major, you'd probably want to do this anyway.
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I just installed the Mandrake build of Linux, so technically, i have a dual boot set up. But lately, I've spent so much time looking for internships and other junk like that, that i haven't had any time to play around with linux (i'm a linux newbie). maybe once i get some more time, i'll definetly look into that.
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just as a follow-up....with linux, all i would need to set up a place where i can practice PHP/sql dynamic pages would be the apache server software, mysql, and php...right?
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For starters, these are free hosts that support both PHP and MYSQL:

http://www.spaceports.com
http://www.tripod.lycos.co.uk
http://www.multimania.com (site is in French)
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Also look here for other free hosts:
http://www.webhosts4free.com
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The other free way is to just run mysql and php on windows, on the machine you already have. Install PWS or IIS, and you are all set. It is pretty easy.
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Dave99: Do you think you could walk me through installing mysql and php on windows?

It seems like that might be the best way.
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Just download the ported versions of those programs, it's pretty easy. Getting them to run right is another matter. You'll need apache for windows as well I believe.
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First off, what OS are you using? Apache isn't needed, but need to know if you will be using PWS or IIS. You should win2k or Xp pro to make this easier.
Don't install the following 2 until we get a webserver going.

Get the current production mysql windows release here: (about half way down the page, the first listings are linux)
http://www.mysql.com/downloads/mysql-3.23.html

Get php here, you probably only need the installer version (1028KB)
http://www.php.net/downloads.php
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$16 for a year and it's a real provider...

http://www.3-95.com/
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Originally posted by crankyman
$16 for a year and it's a real provider...

http://www.3-95.com/

Is it safe?
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I'm running Windows XP Pro right now. so should i just download the links above (from Dave), and install them, and I shold be good go?
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Originally posted by Gallant Pig
Is it safe?
i've been with them for over a year. very safe from what i've seen. they're proactive on patches and have moved their servers into a new more physically secure location. nothing but good things about them from me.


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You should install IIS first, go into the add/remove programs control panel -> add/remove windows components. After that is installed, then install mysql, then php.
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I'm running Windows XP Pro right now. so should i just download the links above (from Dave), and install them, and I shold be good go?
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dixiesys.com has been good for us so far
19.95 per year.. but we got them during the halloween special.. so you get a second acct free when you signup.. so both me and corrie got accounts for the price of one
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what's your url, twikkie?
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well.. corrie wanted a site for the store she plans to open one day
hometownquilts.com

and since they had the special.. I bought twikoff.com
the default page will show up as not moved it.. because I just use alt directories to play around
and am still pretty much just using the name/hosting for hosting images and stuff to post.. and for email forwarding..
its worth it, just to be able to tell you to send your questions to [email protected]... definitly makes email filtering much better, and makes it easier to find out which sites are selling your email address since I can use their name in the address.. [email protected]
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i guess i really should replace that index page eventually
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though dixiesys changed all their hosting plans.

It will be interesting to see what they do when my year is up in october. I too signed up for the halloween special.
I'm thinking of doing www.3-95.com for a second site. But no one that is cheap has the features I want.
Dixiesys is nice, but I want more then 5 mysql databases.
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what are you using to manage your image? have you checked out gallery?

http://gallery.menalto.com/modules.p...ews&file=index

you can catch a quick view of it at my site:

http://photos.sybert.net
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If you haven't found a webhost yet you might want to check out RippleHost.com for $4.99/yr they offer 5 MySQL databases but don't expect any helpful tech support if you need it.
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Originally posted by Vryce
though dixiesys changed all their hosting plans.

It will be interesting to see what they do when my year is up in october. I too signed up for the halloween special.
I'm thinking of doing www.3-95.com for a second site. But no one that is cheap has the features I want.
Dixiesys is nice, but I want more then 5 mysql databases.
When your year is up, they'll renew you at the rate you signed up with. My $19.95 account from ebay was automatically renewed last month.

I'm playing around with http://www.e-rice.net right now. 7 day free trial and $10/year if you stick with it. Nice cheap host for monkeying around with.

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