This article is a quick review on using XAMPP on your own machine to model your website ideas quickly and easily without ever having to purchase website hosting.
Have you ever wanted to just test if a website idea was even possible?
Perhaps you want to do a dry run of installing a new technology without stuffing up your hosting account?
What about if you wanted to dummy up a website look?
I had this exact issue and I found a solution that’s easy enough for even novices to understand.
XAMPP is a free, easy to use, web server setup for your own PC. Essentially turning your home computer into a web host that you can use locally for testing all your web site ideas, mocking up designs, and learning new technologies.
“Many people know from their own experience that it’s not easy to install an Apache web server and it gets harder if you want to add MySQL, PHP and Perl.
XAMPP is an easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.” – Apache Friends Website
This type of software might be beyond the average beginner, but if you’ve run a website in the past or have a little IT experience you shouldn’t have a problem understanding it.
Essentially XAMPP allows you to mimick what a bigger web server might provide you, minus some of the usual hosting features and creature comforts like an administrative interface.
Downloading XAMPP will not cost you anything as it’s open source and free, and they offer a distribution on four major platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, and Solaris.
The Windows version which will appeal to most users reading this works with all flavours back to Windows 98 up to and including Vista.
Installing XAMPP is dead easy on the Windows distribution as it comes with a Windows installer.
It automatically installs:
- Apache web server – a standard web server technology used across a large amount of web servers on the internet
- MySQL – the open source database chosen by many web site management technologies such as WordPress, and Joomla.
- PHP – a core programming language used by many web technologies
- FileZilla Server – the server edition of the free FileZilla FTP program
- and much more!
XAMPP is literally jam packed with features and instead of installing them one by one, you can choose which options you’d like installed from the start, simplifying the whole process and making this sort of technology accessible to anyone.
This article has been a review of the web server installation software XAMPP. It’s free, easy to install and uninstall, and makes accessing the world of running your own server accessible for novice website creators.
The plan for us now is to do a guided installation of XAMPP in the near future so you too can experience what a godsend this software really is when you’re learning about technologies you might want to use in real life internet business situations. Sign up to the RSS feed and keep and eye out for this soon!
If you want to learn more about XAMPP and it’s features right now, I recommend visiting the XAMPP website.