XAMPP: A Popular PHP Development Environment

Ignition Media specialises in delivering custom website development for all our clients and for such, we only rely on the latest technology for all areas of our work. When it comes to choosing the PHP development environment, we choose XAMPP. Currently, this is one of the most powerful open-source cross-platform web server solution stack package. It consists of MySQL database, Apache HTTP Server, and interpreters for PHP written scripts and Perl programming languages. Being lightweight and extremely simple, it makes it very easy for developers to create a local web server. In addition, it offers everything you need to set up a web server including data application, scripting language, and server application.

Why use XAMPP?

XAMPP is extremely useful when developing a website on your local machine. This allows the developer to test out changes before making those changes live saving time and effort. It also provides support for web frameworks such as Joomla and Drupal.

We like using XAMPP because it is by far, one of the most reliable tools when setting up environment for PHP programming. It provides all the components needed for running, developing, debugging, and unit testing of PHP applications. Personally, I think it’s the best alternative to installing a web server, database server, PHP engine and a debug engine separately. Simply download XAMPP and start the components using the XAMPP control panel.

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Officially, XAMPP is intended to be used as a development tool allowing programmers and web designers to test their work on their own computer. Because of this, several important features are disabled by default. Once it is installed, it can be used to treat a localhost by connecting using an FTP client.

XAMPP is available for Windows, Linux, Solaris, and Mac. With simply one-download installation, you’ll automatically all the needed components.

System Requirement

If you’re thinking about trying XAMPP, the first thing you need to know are the requirements needed to run it on your own computer. Offered in both full standard and a smaller version for Windows, Linux and OS X, there are various requirements your computer must meet before you can install it on your system, chances are your computer will already meet these requirements as they are standard (visit the download link provided above for these).

You won’t need to configure various components required to create web server. XAMPP is constantly being updated to incorporate latest releases of Perl, PHP, MySQL, and Apache. It also comes with OpenSSL and phpMyAdmin.


There is no doubt that XAMPP is one of the best tools to use when creating a PHP development environment. With just one download, you’ll get access to all the components you need to create and test websites before you launch them live. However, if you don’t have the time to learn how it works but need a compelling website with custom PHP development, pick up the phone and give Ignition Media a call. We use XAMPP and other current website design and development tools to make sure that we only deliver the best websites to get you ahead of your competitors.

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