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  • If you are a developer looking for a one-stop-shop where you can successfully run a test version of your working website on a development machine, or you are an administrator of a hosting server looking to deploy. There is no need to run around different utilities to complete your project as you can now conveniently handle everything in an all-in-one environment, WAMP. This tool embodies the services of Apache; a web server that is capable of hosting web sites and delivering its web pages to visitors of the website, MySQL; a comprehensive, relational database management system capable of handling intricate databases and SQL queries, PHP; a programming language with the ability to interpret the code on the server, convert it to an HTML page, and then have it delivered as a website to the site's visitor – making WAMP a comprehensive all-in-one tool for developers.

    WAMP Server is a windows web development for Apache / MySQL / PHP databases. It is a stack that fully equips the services of all three components all in one suite for windows. This stack seems to be useful, most directly, to the PHP programmer; since it comes with a robust set of PHP debugging and tracing tools ─ Debugging has long been one of PHP's significant areas of concern; hence it is handy to have a stack that comes with components fully capable of addressing that issue. The program also has a lot of other added features to help web developers build and deploy more efficiently.

    How Can WAMP Server Help You Build and Deploy Effective Websites?

    This stack is equipped with all the necessary tools for a web developer (especially PHP) to build and deploy using windows. Listed includes the services of Apache; a web server that is capable of hosting web sites and delivering its web pages to visitors of the site, MySQL; a comprehensive, relational database management system capable of handling intricate databases and SQL queries, PHP; a programming language with the ability to interpret the code on the server, convert it to an HTML page, and then have it delivered as a website to the site's visitor. It also comes with a comprehensive set of PHP debugging and tracing tools. Additionally, the pack also comes with maintenance (phpMyAdmin, SQLBuddy) and debugging (XDebug) functions. 

    When it comes to the interface, intuitively, WAMPServer comes with its own unique menu and control system. Thanks to this, it is easier to manage both Apache web server and MySQL from the WAMPServer. Also, all the services needed for web hosting can be stopped or started with a single click (which will, however, turn off Apache web hosting capability). It is also a lot easier to sort out the folder where the web hosting files are to be stored for the live site(s).

    As far as installation is concerned, this software is pretty easy to install. You will find that the installation package displays the exact version number for each significant component of the installation; this includes WAMP server (which can act as a control panel for the installation), PHPMyAdmin (for managing databases), SQLBuddy, and a host of others. The minimum memory requirement is 398.4 MB. The package is not small. By default it installs to a WAMP folder directly off the root (i.e., c:/wamp); however, this can be modified so that the file is saved to a more convenient location before going ahead to install. The full setup can take a while. Afterward, it takes you through the setup process and then runs you through configuration settings for each component (where needed).

    After installation, the application places an icon in the system tray. From there, you can start or stop various services and, in the stack, you can also quickly jump to key directories. For example, the directory that holds the root of the Web server, configuration files, logs, and so on.

    There is a tray controller which provides complete and quick access to service-specific settings which would otherwise require a lot of toggling. With Apache, for example, there is a selectable list from where Apache modules can be loaded. There is also an editable list of alias directories. Changes made to these lists are represented in httpd.conf; it is important to note that if you edit httpd.conf directly to make any changes; those changes won't show up in the tray controller's list until you restart the entire WampServer program all over. This doesn't mean that editing configurations through the tray controller will become any less handy; however, you need to be careful knowing that all changes must be kept in synchrony between the tray app and the stack's actual configuration. It is most recommendable therefore to make all configuration changes either in WampServer or in the stack's config files, and not on both at once.

    One other notable tool in the tray icon is the 'Put Online/Offline' tool which allows you to quickly disable access to the Web stack (the "offline" mode) by anything other than the localhost. Added to that, as a security measure, the admin tools (such as phpMyAdmin) are only available locally by default. Also, while most stacks include phpMyAdmin for managing MySQL, WampServer incorporates the services of SQL Buddy, a minimal but immensely functional administrative front end for MySQL. For PHP debugging, there's XDebug, WebGrind, and XDC. There are also several other exciting features to explore on this software.

    Key Features of WAMP Server Include:

    • Simple, easy, user-friendly interface.
    • Support for Apache, MySQL, and PHP.
    • Easy debugging.
    • Easy hosting.
    • Flexible customization.
    • Simple installation.
    • Dedicated tray controller.
    • Put Online/Offline feature.
    • MySQL manager tool (SQL Buddy).
    • Support for XDebug.

    Conclusion

    This application software offers web developers a comprehensive all in one solution and support from building, up to the point of deployment of their site. It is equipped with all the necessary technicalities including support for Apache, MySQL, and PHP, as well as debugging support amongst several other useful features, making WAMP Server a complete building and hosting package.

  • We don't have any change log information for WampServer 3.1.9 yet. If you have any change log info for this version of WampServer you can share with us.

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  • Last Updated: 2019-09-03
  • Developer: Romain Bourdon
  • Homepage: www.wampserver.com
  • Version: 3.1.9
  • File size: 286.72 MB
  • Downloads: 1,686
  • Operating system: Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP
  • Filename: wampserver3.1.9_x64.exe
  • MD5 Checksum: 364638c8015a6bfdf2bebe1250960e72

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