Since I can’t always work on my main machine, a Mac, and am quite fond of my ThinkPad, I’ve setup my Windows machine as a near perfect replica of the Mac one. Listed below are the steps I’ve taken to do so.
One note: I make use of Windows Command Prompt extensively and I’m using it with administrator rights.
Installing MAMP and PHP
To run full-fledged installations of WordPress I choose WampServer. After downloading it installation is straight-forward.
WampServer comes with PHP bundled in it and I will add that version to Windows’ path, assuming I have installed WampServer into
C:/wamp then run Command Prompt as an administrator and type
setx path "%path%;C:/wamp/bin/php/php5.4.16"
php5.4.16 might be another version that came along with WampServer.
In the same Command Prompt I type
to test I’m using the PHP version that came with WampServer.
pear is a “PHP Extension and Application Repository” the name of which tells the tale. It does not come bundled with WampServer but if you have successfully installed PHP then installing pear just requires following the instructions for Windows installations reported on the official site. The only addendum here is that the file
go-pear.phar does not come with WampServer so I download it and move it to
C:/wamp/bin/php/php5.4.16 folder and then execute
I follow along with
pear installation and then test it entering
At this point something went wrong and I got an error message about
pear install directory. It might be just my case but the way I solved it was modifying
C:/wamp/bin/php/php5.4.16/pear.bat file at line 53 from
To test that
pear has been successfully installed run
Installing PHPUnit using pear
Following official site instructions if
pear has been successfully installed then the simple commands:
pear config-set auto_discover 1
pear install pear.phpunit.de/PHPUnit
will do the trick. Once again I ran into some problems in this phase getting an error message from
pear telling me
`No releases available for package “pear.phpunit.de/PHPUnit”
thanks to this post on StackOverflow I solved the problem running
pear clear-cache pear update-channels pear install pear.phpunit.de/PHPUnit
To test that I’ve successfully installed PHPUnit I run
at the Command prompt.
Installing Firefox, Selenium IDE and PHPUnit
Setting up MAMP to use Dropbox
What I’m trying to get here is to make WampServer point to my Dropbox virtual hosts folder in place of its default
www folder. If I click WampServer icon once it’s launched and follow the link to
www directory in a default WampServer installation
C:/wamp/www will open. In my case I want WampServer to point instead to
To do so I first stop all WampServer services and then rename WampServer’s original
wwww directory to
REN "C:\wamp\www" "C:\wamp\www_original"
and then create a folder junction (a hardlink) to make
www folder become a shortcut to my Dropbox virtual hosts folder
mklink /J C:\wamp\www C:\path-to-user-folder\path-to-my-virtual-hosts-folder
To test that the hardlink I try to create a new file or folder in
C:\wamp\www folder and check if it shows up into Dropbpx virtual hosts folder.
Not syncing databases (still)
My setup ends here: in the past I’ve tried to keep WampServer and MAMP database folder in sync via Dropbox but the thing never went well and since I’m not adding anything but test content to local databases that doesn’t bother me very much. To initialize Windows version of MySQL database to use with WordPress I simply go over WordPress installation phase all over again on each machine or export the database from the machine already setup and import it in the one still to set. The latter procedure is the only way I know to have a working copy of a WordPress multi-site installation without having to fiddle too much.
The setup I described answers to my necessity to work on themes and plugins from anywhere and might not apply to anyone. The procedure to keep local sites in sync via Dropbox is a plus that will cost me nothing during setup but will be a real pain later. Happy coding.