Welcome AMPPS, goodbye MAMP and XAMPP
Lots of web developers are using MAMP (or have even paid for MAMP PRO) or XAMPP, recently while starting a new project I realised that my MAMP Pro trial had expired. A Simple 3-second search showed other free options, such as AMPPS, so I thought I’d give it a try.
MAMP Pro is a good and very portable tool to use when working on small localhost projects; it’s not for a low-budget developer. The program is simple to use, simple to navigate and super easy to set up and can be a massive time saver when working on more than one project as it allows you to host more than one site on another port. However, this will cost you $69 to download, which is a lot considering it doesn’t do anything too special compared to some other free alternatives.
Now then, as the title suggests, I’m already saying goodbye to MAMP, my reason for this? I’ve found a much better solution to my problem. Welcome to AMPPS, a free solution stack of Apache, MySQL, PHP and many more. Its core is even based around Softaculous, which allows you to quickly deploy scripts, such as WordPress. That’s not the only good feature it’s got, rather than using a program based control panel, it’s web-based, which is miles better.
Although most of this might be based upon my own opinion, I’d highly suggest taking a look for yourself. XAMPP is an old project, it’s not updated anymore, as it was abandoned over 3 years ago. Here is a short run-down of hosting/stack applications I’ve used:
- MAMP Pro – Expensive, only used their free trial, can be a pain with changing any settings.
- XAMPP – Barebone and plain, although abandoned for a while.
- Bitnami – My experience did not last long, very limited.
- AMPPS – Probably the best stack applications I’ve used.
So anyone taking a quick look over these four would understand and see why using AMPPS is the better option; it has got far more features, and with that, it almost contains all the good parts from the applications.
Why move to AMPPS?
Moving to AMPPS is easy, and won’t require much to any work. It’s as simple as copying files, and database if you were using any. I’d highly suggest downloading it and trying it out, it’s powerful, and it’s free, forever! My reasons for moving to AMPPS, are very good ones, such as;
AMPPS is still supported. More features and updated will be released to the application, allowing it to improve over time. With this, they have an active forum to go to when you have questions. Taking a quick look, the developers are able to reply to you pretty swiftly. Try to get anything like this from the people who made MAMP. Most developers complain that they haven’t had a response from MAMP support for years which is pretty bad considering MAMP Pro costs money.
AMPPS is FREE. Unlike some counterparts, like MAMP (Pro), AMPPS is a free piece of kit. Downloading takes only 30 seconds, considering the download is 100mb+, and the installation takes the most minimal amount of time possible. I personally have spent loads of time and money on MAMP (I didn’t just use the trial) and I’ve even paid for CPanel (For localhost usage is not worth it) but AMPPS is the one that always comes out on top.