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EVERONE who creates a website makes mistakes. None of us are perfect. Don't go 'live' until your site is completely finished, and you are fully happy with it.

If you make mistakes on a 'live' website, the Google-bot will index those pages, but when it returns later (after you've deleted the offending pages) it won't be able to find them. This will make the Google-bot wary of indexing future pages. You don't want to upset Google, so make sure your mistakes are made in private!

Take the opportunity of trying things out. Do you want one column, 2 columns or 3 columns? Do you want black text on a pale background, pale text on a dark background, or something in between? Do you want a site made with WordPress, with Drupal, with Joomla, or with some other software? Having a desktop server means you can try them all!


So you need a Windows desktop server … but what EXACTLY do you need?

For a basic Windows server you need the following:

1) Apache (The most commonly used web server software)

2) MySQL (A relational database for holding all the information)

3) PHP (a scripting language used for producing dynamic web pages)

This combination of software is known as WAMP server software (Windows, Apache, MySQL, PHP) and that's what you will need if you are using a Windows computer.

If you have a Linux computer, it's known as LAMP server software. (If you're into Linux, then you probably already know how to install a LAMP server). This eBook concentrates on the vast majority of people, who will be using Windows.

So … you need Apache, MySQL, and PHP … The good news … they're all FREE and they're all easy to obtain.

Now you could search the internet for all three pieces of software and install them separately (yawn!). But a much better way is to install a single package that already contains all three in a single application (quicker and easier).

There are several such packages available but we're going to use one called WampServer which is available from

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