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How can I run a Laravel website without first turning on Xampp?

Discussion in 'Site & Server Administration' started by OwenWilsonSayingWow, Oct 4, 2017.

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    I am brand new to web development and have a very basic question that hopefully someone can answer.

    I installed Xampp and then added Laravel/composer in the C:\Xampp\htdocs folder. I turn Xampp on using the desktop program, then open the command prompt and navigate to the project folder, and type "php artisan serve" and I view the IP address in my browser and view the website fine. But if I restart my computer and open the Xampp program, OR if I turn on the program and stop the running of the Apache server & MySQL database, I can still view the website in the browser.
    If I am able to view and edit the website while Xampp is turned off, then what exactly is the point of Xampp? How am I able to view the website if there is no web server running?
    OwenWilsonSayingWow, Oct 4, 2017 IP