The most popular server-side programming language is PHP. Many authority and well known websites use PHP for server-side like Facebook, Yahoo, etc. In this tutorial, I will show you the 5 best local PHP development servers for windows.
Also, If you are a WordPress developer or designer you may need to install WordPress on local machine. The WordPress core is written in PHP, so these software can be used to run WordPress on Local machine.
The question may arise, “Why PHP, so many server side languages are available?”. Let me answer it first.
Why PHP and not others
Let me tell you first, PHP may not be perfect for you but you should give it a try. PHP is the most widespread server-side language and used by many giant companies. The PHP has a simple learning curve and is used by most web hosts.
Also, if you love MySQL, then PHP may be right find for you. Because PHP has close ties with it. There are many many libraries out there for PHP which will save your development time.
Now let’s move towards our main topic which is.
5 Best Local PHP Development Servers For Windows
Basically WAMP stands for windows, Apache, MySQL and PHP. It is a set of the mentioned open source software. It creates a Web server environment in local machine.
Wamp has a nice configuration panel, so it means you can easily start and stop services. It has lots of features but when I personally gave it try I was disappointed by the RAM size it took. Also, sometimes my laptop was getting hanged even having 4GB of RAM size.
This was the first local PHP server which i personally used. This is a great tool for PHP development. Just like Wamp, it has many more features.
This is the best PHP development software but it also takes little bit more RAM. It is a free and open source software.
Another great PHP development software which can be used for local development. Personally, I used this software also, but one thing I disliked is when switching between windows the machine gets hanged.
It is also free and opensource software for local PHP development.
Another great local development software which is free and opensource. This is the best find for you if you have any latest laptop series. Because it is big in size.
Bitnami is the best for WordPress developer also because it comes with lots of packages. It supports more than 130+ open source applications.
At present, I am using this software for any local development. It has very nice features which i want to mention.
First, it is a lightweight software so no impact on local machine. Second thing I like most about it is, it can be used as a live/production server.
It is free and opensource, you must give it a try.
Above were the 5 best local PHP development servers for windows. I have used and tested each one of them and my personal recommendation is to use Uniform Server.
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