DesktopServer Alternatives

    DesktopServer is described as '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' and is an app in the Development category. There are nine alternatives to DesktopServer for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Linux, Online / Web-based and MySQL Community Edition. The best alternative is WampServer, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like DesktopServer are Local by Flywheel (Freemium), InstantWP (Free, Open Source), WordPress Portable (Free) and VertrigoServ WAMP (Free Personal).

    This page was last updated Jul 2, 2021

    1. WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache, PHP and the MySQL database. It also comes with PHPMyAdmin and SQLite Manager to easily manage your databases.
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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      Stop debugging local environments and spend more time launching WordPress sites. SPEED AND SIMPLICITY Flywheel is fast and functional, so we brought those features to the slickest local WordPress development application in the world.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • MySQL Community Edition
      • Apache HTTP Server
      • PHP
      • Wordpress
      InstantWP is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It will turn almost any Windows or macOS machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key.

      Discontinued

      No release since 2018. The developer doesn't seem to answer bug reports and issues on GitHub anymore, and the used port (10080) is now blocked by default on modern browsers (see https://github.com/webtoolsgroup/InstantWP/issues/103).

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    2. WordPress Portable is a free program for Windows that automatically ships with everything needed to run WordPress locally. All you need to do is to extract the package contents on your system after download and start the WordPress Portable executable afterwards.

      Discontinued

      The project is no longer developed. Last version, 3.5, can be still downloaded from the Box link on the official website

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    3. VertrigoServ is a complete free WAMP server allowing PHP development for Windows. It installs Apache 2.4, PHP, MySQL and PhpMyAdmin, both installing and setting up the environment.
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    4. Pressmatic is a robust local WordPress manager for Mac. All sites are isolated in individual Docker containers.

      Discontinued

      Pressmatic is now Local by Flywheel , it was acquired.

      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Online
      Zend Server is the #1 professional PHP stack. It is the most complete PHP distribution with a continuously updated set of advanced value-add features designed to optimize productivity, performance, scalability and reliability.
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    5. Theme Juice is a powerful Mac app that creates local WordPress sites with just a click.
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    6. Valet is a Laravel development environment for Mac minimalists. No Vagrant, no hosts file. You can even share your sites publicly using local tunnels. Yeah, we like it too.
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