Hello Magento buddies,

As a designer, developing themes for Magento might be something you would like to look into. But, unlike installing WordPress on XAMPP, Magento’s installation procedures can be a bit intimidating, especially for a designer who just wants to get it working so they can start developing themes and other pretty things. Where WordPress is the darling of the 5 minute installation, Magento takes a little coaxing to work. Here’s a step-by-step procedure that will hopefully save you a headache. Please note that I run XAMPP, so this tutorial is written for XAMPP only and is Windows.

To make the lesson clearer for you to follow, I have divide it into 2 smaller parts. Today, we will start with the webserver setup and PHP configuration.

Step 1: Set up webserver

1. Make sure you have the latest version of XAMPP installed. You can get XAMPP on the Apache Friends website (now, the latest version is 1.8.2) http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html

2. After downloading XAMPP, please click on the file to install it on your computer.


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