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Many people know from their own experience that it's not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use - just download, extract and start.
A database is a way to store lots of information. You might want to store the names and addresses of all your contacts, or maybe customer information. One of the easiest way to create a database is through phpMyAdmin, which is available on most hosts that offer MySQL databases.
After you upgrade from Joomla! 1.5 to 1.7, the old template of Joomla! 1.5 can not be used anymore and you have to reinstall the template is compatible with the new version of Joomla. But if you want to use your old template with Joomla! 1.7, you can try converting them to be used with Joomla! 1.7
Control panel is a home page of Joomla! Administrator, where you can manage your site such as configuration settings, installing extensions (Component, Module, Plugin), create or edit the menus, the sections, the categories, the articles,...
.htaccess is a configuration file for use on web servers running the Apache Web Server software. The .htaccess files can be used to alter the configuration of the Apache Web Server software to Enable/Disable additional functionality and features that the Apache Web Server software has to offer.
Articles in Joomla! are organized into Sections and Categories. Sections are the top-level of organization and Categories go under Sections. The Section Manager is the place where you can edit existing Sections and create new ones.