XAMPP Update to PHP 8

We use XAMPP as well as WAMP, but our XAMPP’s PHP was outdated.

Go to this URL: https://sourceforge.net/projects/xampp/

Download the latest “Portable Package“.

In our XAMPP directory we renamed two folders “apache” and “php” by adding “-old” to each folder. We used 7-Zip to open the downloaded “Portable Package” and extracted the two folders “apache” and “php” into the “C:/xampp/” folder. We restarted our XAMPP by stopping and starting it again.

We were so please when everything was working the way it should. Many other tutorials on this didn’t include replacing the Apache folder, but those techniques didn’t work for us.

We thought we were done till we needed to access PHPmyAdmin. This was not connecting. Looking around on the web we found a great article from OS Training that resolved our issue. We renamed our phpmyadmin folder in XAMPP by adding “-old“, and coping the folder from the “Portable Package”. Next we copied the file “config.inc.php” from the old folder to the new one. This resolved our PHPmyAdmin issue. Now we were fully upgraded without reinstalling XAMPP.

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Gantry Use Joomla Media Folder

We have used Rocket Theme’s Gantry templates a number of times, but have never liked having the images stored in the Gantry/Images folder. We are use to using Joomla‘s native Media folder, and were happy when we found the way in Gantry to do this. We will show you how to do it.

  • Log into the back end of the site, and go to site’s template.
    There is a different path between Joomla 3 and Joomla 4.
  • Go into the “Styles” aspect of any of the Gantry templates you are using. We have 5 gantry templates we run, so just pick one.
  • In the upper-right click on the “Extras” button and select “Platform Settings“.

Click on the “System – Gantry 5” tab and toggle “Use Joomla Images Folder“.

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Mobile Friendly Website Test

We have found that following Google’s Search Console tips work great for your website’s Search Engine Results, so we get an email from Google saying there is a issue with Mobile we jump on it. We got one today and we don’t remember being directed to the following page before. We decided to post this URL to help ourselves as well as others. Here is the link to Google’s Mobile Friendly tester.


We will be looking at each of the sites maintain to help our customer stay at the top of search engine results. Staying on top of our search engines results has been a huge benefit to our business, and we hope to do the same for yours.

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