Create your own testserver with a fake domain (XP)

When you are developing a theme for say Joomla, or editing a lot of content, it is easier now and then to do this offline.
However if you DO want to do this offline, you’ll need a testserver.

I’ve been using JSAS, Joomla StandAlone Server for that purpose (but switched to XAMPP recently).

Once installed, you’re good to go with apache, php, mysql and joomla.

By default it will give you a local webserver on your localhost, reachable on port 85, in other words, to test it, goto :

Inside the JSAS directory you will find a http_root directory, with a www directory inside it, and that’s the directory that will show in your browser by default if you go to http://localhost:85/.

Now imagine you have a site and a and you both want to test/develop these offline.
You probably end up with something like:



BUT since you have to access them through links such as localhost:85/myothersite/ links might be broken.

One other way to handle this is by using virtual hosts.
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