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PuPHPet: Creating a local PHP Server

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Puphpet is a website in which you can create a PHP virtual server.

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Puphpet is a website in which you can create a PHP virtual server.
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Making your own custom Vagrant server with PHP can be tough, but with PuPHPet, it won’t be. PuPHPet, pronounced puppet, is a website in which you can create your own Vagrant PHP virtual server easily. In this post, let’s create a Vagrant server configuration with PuPHPet.

Let’s set up a Vagrant server with CentOS, NGINX, MySQL and PHP.

Step 1: Deploy Target

You can begin by clicking here.

The puphpet homepage has many options that you can choose from to create your own virtual server.

 

The next step is to choose where your virtual machine will be hosted:

The first step is to choose where to host your virtual machine.

There are several options here. You can choose to store your virtual machine on your own computer (Locally) or on Digital Ocean, Rackspace, or Amazon Web Service. You can see additional instructions for installing your virtual machine locally below. Let’s click on Locally.

Local VM instructions for installing your virtual machine.

If you are going to run your server locally, you will need to choose the virtual machine that you will use to run Vagrant with. Let’s go with VirtualBox.

You will need to choose the virtual environment that your server will run on

Afterwards, click on CentOS x64, the rest can left alone:

The next step is to select CentOS as our linux operating system.

The rest can be left alone, but if you advanced enough, you can play with the settings below:


The rest can be left alone.

Step 2: Sever Packages

If you would like to install some packages on your virtual server, you can do so here. Otherwise, you can skip this step completely:

If you have any server packages that you would like to install, you can do so here.

Step 3: Firewall Settings

This step should only be configured by advanced users, unless you are feeling brave:

You can configure the firewall settings here.

 

Step 4: Webservers

You can choose to have your sever install Apache or NGINX. For this tutorial, let’s choose NGINX. You can configure the other settings below to your desire. You can, for example, change the server name of your machine. You can even change the document root or folder. Make sure that ‘Install NGINX’ is checked.

You can choose to install one of the two servers: Apache or NGINX

Step 5: Languages

You can select which PHP Engine that you would like to install below. Let’s select PHP and make sure that 5.5, the latest version, is selected. You can also change the PHP TImezone below.

You can select which PHP engine that you would like to use on your virtual machine.

If necessary, you can install some PHP libraries:

The next step is to add any PHP libraries, if necessary.

 

Step 6: Databases

You can choose from a variety of databases but let’s stick with MySQL:

You can choose to use one of many databases for your virtual machine.

You will now be able to customise your SQL database, like setting the database name, username and password. You can even add another SQL database if you wish.

You can change many options for your database via this panel.

Step 7: Work Queues


You can choose a Work Queue below. You can skip this step if you don’t need one.

You can choose a Work Queue below.

Step 8: Work Queues

If you need a real-time search engine installed on your virtual server, you can have Elastic Search installed.

You can install a search engine by using Elastic Search.

Step 9: Make It

Finally, just click on the big blue button to make your file.

You can click on the big blue button to create your folder/server.

Step 10: Unzip and Enjoy

The next step is to unzip your folder.

  1. The next step is to unzip your folder
  2. Rename your unzipped folder
  3. Start the Terminal app
  4. Change into the folder using ‘cd xo5wrb’
  5. Run vagrant up

Step 11: Accessing your PHP folder

After Terminal has finished provisioning the folder. You can access your server by typing; 192.168.56.101 into your address bar. If the above mentioned does not work, you will need to find the IP address in the config.yaml folder.

You should now have a PHP server up and running thanks to PuPHPet. As always, if you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

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