DesktopServer from ServerPress is a software available for both PC and Mac which is similar to MAMP, WAMP and XAMPP. It installs Apache, PHP, MySQL and other useful tools like phpMyAdmin using a step by step installation wizard so you can have a fully functional web server in your computer.
Where DesktopServer shines over the others is how easy, simple and fast it makes the whole process of installing, cloning, deploying WordPress websites. I have been using MAMP Pro till yesterday and these are the steps I take in it for installing a WordPress site on my localhost:
- Extract WordPress zip file. Move the folder to my Sites folder and rename it per the project.
- Create a new virtual host.
- Go to phpMyAdmin and create a new database.
- Rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php and edit it to enter database connection parameters. Go to security SALT keys page, copy the values and paste them in.
DesktopServer does all the above itself seamlessly in the background. And, it has other unique features like Blueprints, export-import and deploying.
I recorded a screencast in which I go over installing WordPress, creating a blueprint site having all my favorite plugins and theme that I am going to re-use as a starting point template, exporting this blueprint site and using it to create a new one.
Watch it below:
The premium version costs $50 a year and is totally worth it.
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