Review: MAMP 3 - The ultimate local web server for Mac OSX

Posted on May 09, 2014
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MAMP Pro 3 for Mac OSX

MAMP Pro 3 continues to innovate and improve on their product, and it is fast becoming one of the best options for those companies and professionals who need to have a high quality local web server. It is easy to install and use, and is a great solution for web developers. The latest iteration of the product features some incredible new features too, and those new features are the focus of this review, as they are what make it a standout choice. Let’s look at some of the top features more closely.

Unlimited Virtual Hosts

This is HUGE. With MAMP Pro 3, users can actually set up as many virtual servers for testing as they need, and it will not affect your system. This is a great option for companies and professionals, as it will allow them to test out programs in an actual server environment identical to what they will be running on later. It makes it easy to make additions and changes to see how they work before going live with them. Since there are an unlimited number of virtual servers, it also means that companies with a number of users can work on multiple projects at the same time.

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Dynamic DNS

When you use MAMP Pro 3, you can connect with local servers through the existing Dynamic DNS provider, and that lets you provide access to work to clients easily over the net. Since you can have unlimited servers, it’s possible to create a number of different options or styles of a single project, which the clients can then peruse and determine which one works best. Web developers and programmers should see some real benefits with this.

Multiple PHP versions and MySQL editors

Users can also run more than one version of PHP at the same time. Those who have several projects that might be using different versions of PHP will find this very helpful. This is incredibly useful if you want to test how your site will work with different versions of PHP.

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Easy Installation of Popular Platforms

One of the other great new features of MAMP Pro 3 is the ability to install a platform to the new virtual hosts, or existing hosts, easily. From MAMP’s Extras section, you can choose to install Drupal, Joomla, WebEdition, or WordPress with just a click. This is a huge time saver when you need to quickly spin up a new dev environment.

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Conclusion: No Brainer

This is kind of a no-brainer if you work with Apache, PHP, or web development in general.
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