Using mod rewrites when running Joomla locally with WAMP

I have never looked into getting user friendly / mod rewrites on the .htaccess file in Joomla when I am running the site locally under WAMP, but stumbled on this.

Basically, click on WAMP server’s tray icon. Go to >>  Apache >> Apache Modules and make sure that Rewrite is checked. If not, click on it and wait for the server to restart.

“WAMP” + “Forbidden You don’t have permission to access /phpmyadmin/ on this server.”

I broke my WAMP installation testing Facebook App locally. I could no longer get into PHP myAdmin.

I found the following link. The first advise is the one that worked for me.

Go to C:\wamp\alias. Open the file phpmyadmin.conf and change

<Directory "c:/wamp/apps/phpmyadmin3.5.1/">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride all
        Order Deny,Allow
    Deny from all
    Allow from


<Directory "c:/wamp/apps/phpmyadmin3.5.1/">
    Options Indexes FollowSymLinks MultiViews
    AllowOverride all
        Order Allow,Deny
    Allow from all

Facebook app set up for Joomla component

I recently had component that pulls facebook photos into a Joomla 1.5 site break. It didn’t pull the photos in. The component’s developers blog didn’t have my fix.

I got lost in setting up Facebook App account connected to Heroku, when all I needed was an AppID and a App Secret. I was confused by canvas page and other parts. It turned out all I needed to provide was a name and the actual URL of the site that had the component installed. I was trying to run it localhost. It looks like that toolkit can be used for building apps locally.

You also need to give your app some  time to propagate to their servers.

Unable to log into Heroku Windows 7 Command Line

I installed the Heroku toolbox on my win 7 machine. The next step to setting it up was to use the command line to login.

Start at the command line and type in “heroku login”. I entered my email address and password associated with the account. Came back with, “Could not find an existing public key. Would you like to generate one? [Yn]”. I typed y and hit enter, and I got the following:

“Could not generate key:  ‘ssh-keygin’ is not  recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.”

Searched the web and found that installing Git from this site made it possible.

After downloading and installing Git, I went to C:\program files(x86)\git\ and clicked on the “Get Bash” short cut. A command line prompt opened. I typed in the same thing as before, “heroku login”. It asked for email and password. Asked me to generate a key[Yn], I typed y, hit enter and everything worked this time.

Linking to a Godaddy MySQL database from another external hosted website

Setting up a GoDaddy hosted MySQL database that needs to read by another website hosted on another hosting account. In setting up the database you will need to specify to Allow Direct Database Access

Here is what I did. Create a new database and click on Additional tab to expand your options. Click the radio button on the bottom.



I exported the old data from a database I wanted to keep and imported into the new one so it can be read from another site on another host.

Using a external MySQL connection file on WAMP / localhost

Running WAMP version 2.2 I was testing a joomla site that was going to need to connect to an external mysql database. I used a file that was on the local host calling to the external database resource, but it didn’t work. I learned that Fopen Wrappers was set to “0”. This is the error.


Specifically “allow_url_include=0” was the issue.

I opened php.ini and searched for “allow_url_include=0”, but nothing returned. Turns out “allow_url_include=0ff” is what it was set to. I changed the value from “off” to “on”, restared WAMP. No more error.


PHP Myadmin won’t import SQL dump

No data was received to import. Either no file name was submitted, or the file size exceeded the maximum size permitted by your PHP configuration. See FAQ 1.16.


Turned out i just need to increase the upload size. Here is how you do it.

FAQ 1.16

The first things to check (or ask your host provider to check) are the values of upload_max_filesize, memory_limit and post_max_size in the php.ini configuration file. All of these three settings limit the maximum size of data that can be submitted and handled by PHP. One user also said that post_max_size and memory_limit need to be larger than upload_max_filesize.

Migrating Joomla 1.5 to 2.5

I have an Joomla 1.5.15 site that I should have been upgrading, but was afraid to ask the client for money. The data center and website got attacked. Site is back up but we want new hosting. There is a VirtueMart component installed, JCE, other extensions and some custom PHP modules. Not just a basic install. has a good write up about it. Here is a link to it.

Here is what I am doing.

  • Install Akeeba backup.
  • Download backup
  • Using WAMP I put the backup in a directory.
  • Create a database in PHPmyAdmin
  • Download Akeeba Kickstart and extract my current site to a local.

If all goes well locally I will either repeat the process on the live site. If the migration goes bad on the live site, I will use my local version. I will delete the live site. Package up my new local site with Akeeba and use Kickstart on the live site to get the site backup.

Here is complete documentation from Joomla.

First thing when upgrading from 1.5 to 2.5, the 1.5 must be the Joomla 1.5.26 version. Download the upgrade package you need to get your site to 1.5.26. You simply copy all the file over and overwrite them. The administrative area will now say “version 1.5.26”.

Second thing is Joomla 1.5 to 2.5 is a big deal. Requires jUpdate component to get it done. It took me a couple of times to get this to run. Even after enable system Mootools upgrade plug-in. Curl settings on my localhost needed to be changed.
jupgrade_step_1 jupgrade_step_2_hung_up

Just below there was tiny text that read “406: cURL not loaded”. I didn’t get this every time I tried the updating.

I got this error when I started WAMP:
Google lead me to this link:

I used this link to get the cURL dll:

Scroll down to “Fixed curl extensions and select your version of PHP.


Exit WAMP and unzip the one file in the zip into the c:\wamp\bin\php

php5.3.13\ext folder. Restart WAMP and install finished.

Doing an upgrade with WAMP & PHP 5 required me to do some more work with CURL. I found this article that got me started on getting past the “Checking and cleaning” dialog box.