Although I had an Omeka.net account, I took on the challenge of trying to install Omeka via Ampps on my Windows 7 desktop.
Ampps is a stack of Apache, PHP, MySQL, Perl & Python and supposedly makes it easy for anyone to create a new web site using a template or an existing free open source application, customize it, and then publish it on the internet via a wide choice of hosting service providers.
Mmmmhmmmm. Easier to type than to actually do it…
After 4 attempts at installing the software, I was finally able to launch the program (hint: disable your firewall). Yippee! Then I downloaded Omeka and it repeatedly forced me to try to use the Adobe CS6 trial version that I downloaded months ago and can’t afford to pay for the full version. I figured I could remove CS6 and use another program but that was wishful thinking. Omeka kept reporting the error that it couldn’t find CS6.
At this point, I gave up and went back to the free Omeka.net basic account I created several semesters ago. Bingo! I will take the free and easy way out this time and leave the playing with Omeka 2.0 for another time when I am not juggling 12 credits, work, and a practicum.