Simple Installation on Windows

I often get request from people who want to quickly install ChurchInfo on a computer running Windows.  This is a great way to get started and experiment, although the real power of ChurchInfo is best appreciated when it is running on a server and accessed from multiple different computers.  I use this procedure to install ChurchInfo for experimenting or development on a Windows laptop.

I have had good luck hopping back and forth between this stand-alone installation as a real server, simply using phpMyAdmin to back up and restore the database.

Here are the step-by-step instructions:

Install xampp for Windows.  This provides Apache, PHP and MySQL.  I tell it to run Apache and MySQL as services.

Unpack the churchinfo directory from the distribution into the directory C:\xampp\htdocs\churchinfo
Use Firefox or Chrome to browse to: http://localhost
Click the phpMyAdmin link
Select the Privileges tab
Press Add a new user

Set User name to "churchinfo", Host to "localhost", Password to "churchinfo", Re-type to "churchinfo", enable "create database and assign all priviledges; them press Go (bottom-right)
Select the new churchinfo database from the link to the left
Select the Import tab
Press Browse...
Navigate to C:\xampp\htdocs\churchinfo\SQL\Install.sql and choose this file
Press the Go button
Now browse to: http://localhost/churchinfo
Log in with user name "admin", password "churchinfoadmin"
It will ask you to change the password immediately.

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