Goodbye XAMPP, Hello WAMP

I’ve been using XAMPP for a long time, ever since I got into web programming. But the software seems to be taking a lot of time just to load a local WordPress installation. Is this due to an update?

I’ve been hearing about WAMP for just as long as I’ve been using XAMPP. I was reluctant to try it because I’m used to using XAMPP and I thought that WAMP was for another OS, boy was I wrong. Turns out it was intended solely for Windows. I’m glad that I DID try it as I found it to be faster than XAMPP. WAMP or Wampserver is free just like XAMPP.

WAMP Advantages Over XAMPP

  • It’s Faster… at least on my tests, it is. Pages load instantaneously, as it should be.
  • Folder structure looks simpler. WAMP’s www folder has no clutter unlike XAMPP’s htdocs.
  • Ability to use different versions of included software like Apache, PHP and MySQL. If you ever need to test the difference between PHP 5.3 and 5.4, you can simply toggle a version on or off.
  • Has SQLBuddy. A good way to manage your database if you don’t like phpMyAdmin.
  • Has intuitive shortcuts on the tray menu.

WAMP Tray Menu

One thing I would like to see is for WAMP to get updated more frequently. I might still have a use for XAMPP in the future though that may be just for special cases. With WampServer 2.5, starting WAMP to loading a test site just became a lot faster.
How to Create a Project or Virtual Host with WAMP

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