I have WP 2.7 installed on my home system - XP Pro - fully updated, large disk, 2gB RAM. I made a lot of progress today which for me is a good thing since I'm just an appliance oper. I have Apache 2.2.11 set up and running. PHP 5.2.8 Server and mySQL 5.1.30 also are set up and running. I do not intend to put this out on the net - it's just for me to play locally with so I can learn some things about features/blogging/and WordPress in general. But I think I have this "localhost" business set up wrong or misunderstand where to put things in a standalone setting.
The WP fileset I downloaded and unzipped to c:\wordpress. In PHP I had to fiddle with php.ini to get WP's install.php to run - it finally worked. In order to invoke WP, I have to open IE and type in http://localhost/wp-admin/login.php which tosses up a nice looking WP page asking for username and password, that all goes well. I can get to the Dashboard and change any and all settings and so forth. I created some pages to play with and published them via the Admin.
The problem: Now I don't know where the pages or page data files are located (published to) therefore I can't point my browser to them. I'm not sure where they're being saved! Every time I hit "Visit Site" off the Admin I get tossed to the "localhost/wp-admin" file display and not to the blog title page I was expecting. I'm sure it's just a setting I missed or messed up on but I can't find it or don't know where to look.
Can someone tell me if I'm doing this correctly? Is there a "path" statement I need to use? Does anyone know where I should put "pages" and exactly how to publish them on the drive/in the folders so I can see the results as users would out on the 'net?