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  • I would like to setup a test bench using WP on a windows 8.1 Pro laptop.. is this possible and if so what components will I require.
    I need to test out some of the features (mainly a series of photo viewing and video modules). I do not want to do this on my production server (which is a Linux server). Also some of the clients want to view their site before going live.



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  • Take a look at WAMP (Windows/Apache/MySQL/PHP) – it’s basically an Apache server setup that runs locally on your machine. You can then show clients these sites through a screen sharing program. You can also make these local sites available over the internet off your local machine but it is somewhat tricky and dangerous thing to do and is generally not recommended (making local machines “available” over the internet is generally a *Bad Thing*).

    A better solution would be to have a subdomain on your hosting plan and put up your development sites there.

    Definitely possible.

    Install WAMP (get it at and you should be all set to install WordPress. It’s not always easy (some things may happen if you have IIS installed, or Skype, that may conflict with WAMP) but overall, it shouldn’t be a problem.

    However, if you want to show things to the client, I’d recommend setting up a development/staging server.

    Thanks, the clients will come to the studio to visit as they are here to view their images as well.

    Not sure if anyone can answer this in this question but I want to change my photo viewer from Galleria WP to one that runs a slide show as soon as the clients click on the sub menu.
    So there is the main menu then the categories and then the final menu selection, this is where I want a slide show to run automatically or the images can be selected… any recommendations?

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