The Windows operating system comes with Internet Information Services or IIS (doesn’t activated yet) that can be used as a web server. Unfortunately, IIS web server only supports ASP web programming and does not support the PHP programming language. Mean while many content management systems, blog, or website applications are written in PHP and use MySQL as the database
To solve this problem then you can install the Apache web server, PHP, and MySQL on your Windows computer one by one. But the installation process is not easy for beginners. If you want a practical then you can try using the one click application package that consists of Apache web server, MySQL and PHP, known as WAMP (Windows, Apache, MySQL, and PHP). You only need a few steps to install this program on your computer. After that you can use your computer as a web server to run a blog, website, or content management system on your computer.
There are some WAMP software that you can use by free. Below list of 6 WAMP Server for Windows that You Can Try as Alternative to IIS. List is provided in alphabetical order.
AMPPS is an easy to install software containing Apache, Mysql, PHP, Perl, Python and Softaculous auto-installer. This kind of software will help you install content management system on your local machine with one two click installation.
Easy PHP consists two kind of software, EasyPHP DevServer and EasyPHP WebServer. If you want to install a complete WAMP environment for PHP developers on your computer then you should choose EasyPHP DevServer. But if you want to run your computer as personal hosting then you should choose EasyPHP WebServer. Each version include different program except Apache, MySQL, PHP, and PhpMyAdmin.
Uniform Server is lightweight and portable server solution for running a web server under the Windows OS. The file size is less than 10 MiB, and it includes the latest versions of Apache2, Perl5, PHP5, MySQL5, phpMyAdmin and more. If you want web server that you can use on any flash disk then you shoud give Uniform Server a try.
UwAmp is portable web server with Apache, MySQL, PHP, and SQLite. You can use it without any installation, just unzip the file and run the program. It very useful if you want running web server from flash disk.
WampServer is a Windows web development environment that allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. It will installs also install PhpMyAdmin that allows you to manage easily your database easily. You can tune your server without even touching the setting files. If you want simple web development environment package then WampServer is the best choice.
XAMPP is open source package from Apache Friends containing Apache web server, MySQL, PHP, and Perl for Windows, Mac, and Linux. There is also some add-ons to help you install any content management system easily on your XAMPP server. The size of this software is big but it’s suitable if you’re web developer and want to develop your website on local machine.
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