Basic Concepts

Windows Server

In order to work properly, BoltWire must be installed on a computer with a web server (like Apache) and PHP enabled. Most webhosting companies make these available by default. However, you may want to experiment with BoltWire on your home computer -- which generally will not have this software installed. Here's what to do:

Installing a Server

The most popular server today is called Apache. Another fast and small server ideal for a home computer, or even a jump drive is called Abyss. In addition to both of these, you will need to install PHP separately. Click the links above to learn more about these software programs.

Another option is to choose an all-in-one package. Three that you may want to consider include WAMP, XAMPP, and JSAS. Each has an easy to install combo package that includes both Apache and PHP. Use one of these packages if you have never installed a webserver before.

Using BoltWire

Once you have a basic webserver with PHP installed, you will be able to use BoltWire even without being connected to the internet. You simply start the server, and extract the BoltWire zip file in the server's root directory. It's location will vary depending on which system you are using. Often it will be a folder called "htdocs", or sometimes "www". Read the documentation for whichever system you install carefully. Note that with a windows server you do not have to worry about file or folder permissions.

Once you have your first site working, you can begin editing it as usual. In fact, you can create your entire website offline, and then simply move the files online later. Install BoltWire on your webserver as directed, and then simply ftp your entire field folder online. Double check the field permissions, and it should begin to work immediately.

You can also make revisions to your site offline, test them thoroughly, and then upload the changes at any time. Again, the changes will go into effect at once. Similarly, you can test an upgrade offline before upgrading your webserver. Upgrade BoltWire on your home computer, test your various sites to make sure everything is working. Then, once you are satisfied it will be a smooth upgrade, overwrite BoltWire online (along with any tweaks you made to your fields).

You can also backup a live site, simply by downloading a copy of the entire site to your hard drive. To restore a site, simply upload it again. All this is because BoltWire does not use a database for its file storage. It's just part of that BoltWire touch!