Before you install
LOVD is a web-based software project. Therefore, installation requires a correctly set-up webserver running PHP 4.2.0 or higher and mysql 3.23.33 or higher. LOVD has been extensively tested with the Apache webserver, but any webserver able to run PHP scripts should suffice. See the FAQ about software needed.
A suitable server with the necessary software installed is available at virtually all (academic) institutions and countless (commercial) hosting providers.
Before installing LOVD, be sure you have the required credentials for connecting to the mysql database. You need a hostname, username, password and a database name to be able to install LOVD. If you are installing LOVD on a remote server, be sure to have the FTP username and password to be able to copy the necessary files to the server.