This suggestion may be scoffed at by the more seasoned programmers, since there are more flexible alternatives, but I just wanted to recommend Xampp . It’s an Apache, PHP , and MySQL all-in-one installer. I got up and running and testing my themes without being near an internet connection in under 30 mins.
Thought that might be helpful to anyone who travels a lot or wants to test plugins and themes without being hindered by a slow internet connection. Just make sure you go through the steps to make it secure after installing!
Anyone use anything else like this? Or just install Apache etc on their own?
Yeah ive been using XAMPP for about 6 months now and it has been very effective, I used to have a ridiculously low internet speed and uploading each file everytime I made a change to a wordpress theme was just too much.
Found XAMPP and use it for everything, even normal website templates so I can keep all my work in one place.
Great solution and definitely recommend.
Yep, I’ve been using XAMPP for ages now. If anyone’s NOT using something similar for development purposes, GET ONE !
Saves me loads of time, as I don’t have to FTP files constantly to test changes out. Also keeps you much more secure and away from search engines when developing something which could be vulnerable.
I use XAMPP too. The only thing that don’t know how to do with xampp is to use mail scripts. I know that you can send mails from your local server, but i also know that there are some ways around this .. but i think i’m to lazy to figure it out
Xampp makes it all easier and much faster! I’ve been using it for a while now and has been great so far… The only thing that was a problem was that the php version in the new xampp was not compatible with some of the joomla scripts… so I had to downgrade xampp…
If you are not using it.. get it!
Like a tutorial? Here you go;
Ive been using MOWES (http://www.chsoftware.net/en/mowes/mowesportable/mowes.htm)
I started running it off a USB drive which came in handy but now i use it on my desktop and netbook because its really simple. I have had problems with xampp in the past and mowes just works perfectly.