Simply, DesktopServer. Choose fictional domain names to personalize each of your projects and create dozens of virtual servers in seconds. WordPress designers and developers seldom work on a single project. Now you can create multiple isolated sites for webdesign or just for quickly and safely testing those plugins you’ve been meaning to try out. Now with new support for Dreamweaver, Coda2, and AirPreview with Diet Coda!
Create a dozen “virtual servers” for developing themes, or even take WordPress Multisite or BuddyPress for a spin. Each virtual server resides on your computer and can be easily accessed from your desktop web browser via a fictitious, pseudo top-level domain name: .dev (in example, http://www.example.dev). Using domain names you choose allows DesktopServer to support friendly permalinks and for you to develop complete solutions that support sub-domain and domain mapping (a requirement for enterprise Multisite development available in DesktopServer Premium edition only). Creating local development test sites right on your desktop that work just like real world servers is simple. See the Getting Started video.
Please note that there are some products and services with which we can no longer offer Premium Support for. For a list of products we no longer support, please visit our Unsupported Goods and Services Page
DesktopServer is the best solution for WordPress localhost development.
|Feature||DesktopServer Premium||DesktopServer Limited||Bitnami WordPress||InstantWP||MAMP Pro||MAMP||XAMPP||WAMP|
|Includes Apache Server|
|Includes MySQL Server|
|Includes PHP 5.4|
|Cross-platform (Macintosh & Windows)|
|Supports Domain Name Mapping|
|Virtual Hosts Automated Creation|
|WordPress Automated Installation|
|Copying of WordPress Websites|
|Support for WordPress Multisite|
|Import BackupBuddy, Duplicator, BackWP Up, BackUp WordPress, InfiniteWP & ManageWP|
|Export & Archive WordPress Websites|
|Direct Deploy WordPress to Live Server|
|Blueprints for Automated WordPress Configurations|
|Enhanced Adobe Dreamweaver Live View|
|Automatic Dreamweaver Site Definition|
|Enhanced Coda2 Preview (direct theme files)|
|Support for Coda2 AirPreview with Diet Coda|
|LAN Sharing for Mobile Device Testing|
|Trace Utility for PHP Debugging|
DesktopServer Premium Edition for Professionals
Unlike DesktopServer Limited, our DesktopServer Premium edition provides unlimited virtual hosts, support for sub-domains, domain mapping setups, import and export, and advanced quick deployment features. Run multiple isolated servers for all your projects.
Feature Rich Open Source
DesktopServer is fast, native code (for Mac & Windows) that is based on XAMPP, from the apachefriends.org group. So you know it contains the same official code base used with the most popular web hosting companies today. If you can run it on DesktopServer, you can run it live on any modern web host. DesktopServer features mainstream PHP 5.4, MySQL 5, and the most popular/progressive library extensions. We’ve taken DesktopServer beyond regular XAMPP by optimizing it specifically for WordPress developers and designers. With an easy to use wizard like interface, you can create a WordPress website in seconds. We’ve also thrown in Xdebug for more serious developers. Simplified, yet powerful, DesktopServer is loaded with enhancements aimed at WordPress Professionals.
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