On Windows the install folder says xampplite vs just xampp, isn’t xampp better?

No. To better simulate what modern hosting providers use with Linux, we customized DesktopServer’s implementation of XAMPP starting with a lean and optimized configuration. We then removed and added functionality to make up for XAMPP’s short comings. The ‘lite’ is a misnomer on Windows and actually contains a full featured web and database server above…

What if I decide I’m not going to use DesktopServer? What is your refund policy?

We do offer refunds within 30 days of your purchase for the complete purchase price. However, please note that it does cost us to process sales and refunds. We highly encourage you to try DesktopServer Limited first but do understand that the limited version does not have all the features of DesktopServer Premium. We do…

I’m currently using XAMPP / MAMP / WAMP / Bitnami / InstantWP / AMPPS / Web Matrix, can I use DesktopServer?

You cannot run DesktopServer and another webserver or MySQL database engine at the same time. You should uninstall or disable your existing webserver and MySQL engine before running DesktopServer. Pay careful attention as some services like to restart themselves or run when you reboot your computer. Programs like Microsoft Web Matrix fail to uninstall completely…

What are the prerequisites for DesktopServer? Do I need to know PHP?

DesktopServer is designed for Web Designers & Web Developers only. Although PHP is not necessary, CSS and HTML are essential. If you are a web designer or developer, you should review documentation at WordPress.org, particularly Stepping Into Templates. You should have basic knowledge of WordPress “self-hosted” before using DesktopServer.

Why the .dev.cc top level domain? Can’t I use a .com tld?

You can specify any top level domain you want (.com, .net, .org, .info, etc.) when exporting to a live server using DesktopServer Premium edition. We enforce the fake .dev.cc domain for development to insure security, avoid confusion, and prevent conflicts with real servers. Network and system administrators frown upon overriding real DNS servers because of…

Can I put DesktopServer on a portable drive and take my sites with me?

DesktopServer features an Import and Export feature so that you can trade and copy entire WordPress sites including themes, plugins, and their configurations with other DesktopServer users. You cannot run DesktopServer itself or the website folders directly from a portable drive as the files are platform (Windows/Macintosh) specific and needs to bind to the host…