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joella
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What I wanted to do:
  • install multiple WordPress sites for local development and testing.
  • create a virtual network of those sites that could be reached from multiple installs of MS Windows, running various instances of Internet Explorer (IE 6, 7, 8, and 9) all running virtually on my Mac
What I'm using:
  • a MacBook Pro, running OS X Lion version 10.7.3
  • VirtualBox to host the windows installs

I initially tried this using MAMP which resulted in days of frustration. I finally stumbled across an article online that made it clear that in order to do this I would have use MAMP pro. Figures.

I started looking for an alternative to MAMP. One that was more user friendly and simpler to use. That's how I found AMPPS and I love it. So easy to use, but I'm not quite able to accomplish what I want, but I know I'm close. Bear in mind my strengths are web and graphic design - working with servers and such is new to me.

I installed my first Wordpress site with AMPPS - so much easier than MAMP. I can access this site from my MacBook no problem.

The WP site I created is called modularchameleon.wpdev. I can access this site from the Mac with no problems whatsoever. But when I go to http://modularchameleon.wpdev/ on IE running Virtualbox it takes me to a page that shows me a directory and is showing the amps logo. (screenshot attached)

If I click on the folder called modular chameleon.wpdev it takes me to the front page of my site, but the css styling for the page is not being display and neither are the images. All I get is the plain unstyled page. My guess is IE can't connect to the WP database. (screenshot attached)

at this point the address showing in the IE address bar says:
http://modularchameleon.wpdev/modularchameleon.wpdev/

if I try to click on a link on this page that goes to a post on the site I get the dreaded "page cannot be displayed error". Again, since WordPress stores all the posts in the database it seems IE can't quite get that far. (Screenshot attached)

But I live in hope, because I know how close I am to getting this to work, but I'm lost at this point. Something in my configuration is just not quite right.

What I did to get this far:

I added this to my Macbook's hosts file:
127.0.0.1    modularchameleon.wpdev

Then I added this to the virtual hosts file in the AMPPS Apache folder:

NameVirtualHost *:80
<VirtualHost *:80>
DocumentRoot "/Applications/AMPPS/www"
ServerName localhost
</VirtualHost>

<VirtualHost *:80>
    DocumentRoot "/Applications/AMPPS/www/modularchameleon.wpdev"
    ServerName modularchameleon.wpdev
    <Directory "/Applications/AMPPS/www/modularchameleon.wpdev">
        AllowOverride All
</Directory>
</VirtualHost>

In the Windows hosts file I added my Mac's local web address and the name of the site:
192.XXX.X.XX  modularchameleon.wpdev

These are the 2 online tutorial articles I used to configure everything to create the virtual network.

http://wordpress.org/support/topic/wordpress-3-network-multisite-on-a-local-development-site

http://www.studiobanks.com/blog/post/279/crafting-your-windows-ie-test-environment-on-osx-106

This is so close to working but I am at a loss as to what I need to add/change to accomplish my goals.

I've added three screen shots of the pages in IE that show how far/close i'm getting.

Any help to get this working would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much!
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tidus
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Sure we will try.

We have replied to your ticket.

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seeooo13
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What happened to you ?

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tidus
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Hi,

This topic has been solved.

http://ampps.com/wiki/How_To_Use_Scripts_on_Local_Network following this wiki can solve your issue.

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