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setup local host on network so everyone can access web page?

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I have set up WAMP Server installed on my laptop and I have the word press web site on the laptop.

Does anyone have instructions on how other systems can access the local host website on the laptop?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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You have to use the IP address of the machine for others to connect to your site.  'localhost' and '127.0.0.1' and '::1' are ONLY accessible on the machine they're on.  And every machine has it's own 'localhost'.
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by:teknovation
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My laptop is a DHCP - so the ip is always changing. Can you please elaborate in more detail or perhaps provide a website which shows how to achieve this? Thanks
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by:Dave Baldwin
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If you want others to access your web site, it is much better if you switch to a fixed IP.  I have set up all of my 14 computers here that have web sites with a fixed IP address so they can be found.  I don't use 'localhost' for anything if I can help it because many things like external access do not work when you use it.

You could use the 'hostname' of your computer and I have that setup also.  In either case, you will have to adapt your Wordpress installation because Wordpress include the 'server' in it's info in the database.
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Dave I really do appreciate you trying to help. Do you have a link which could show me how to achieve these things? Like step by step instructions or examples
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Which version of Windows are you running?  You have to go into the network properties on the adapter to set a fixed IP address.  Wordpress has a tutorial for moving a site which will be basically what you are doing except you don't need to copy any files, just make the changes to the database.
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