This product is essentially a WAMP / MAMP application that has been extended to include some additional WordPress oriented functionality.
In its free version the customizations that stood out to me are
- its inclusion of Xdebug,
- support for Domain Name Mapping,
- auto-creation of Apache Virtual Hosts,
- and its auto-install of WP.
I was surprised to note that they list PHP 5.5 as being included but no mention of PHP 7.
When one moves up to their premium product ($100) one receives
- a trace utility for PHP debugging (which one?),
- LAN sharing for mobile testing,
- a few plugins (bypass login, airplane mode, enhanced Coda2 preview, Adobe Dreamweaver),
- “blueprints for automated WordPress configurations”,
- the ability to direct deploy to a live server,
- and the ability to import (from BackupBuddy, Duplicator, BackWP Up, BackUp WordPress, InfiniteWP, ManageWP), export, and archive sites.
I didn’t spend a ton of time with it, as at the time I was looking for something that was virtualized – e.g., using Vagrant or Docker.
I’d want the premium version – but $100 is quite pricey, imho, especially when much of the product consists of open source components.
Don’t get me wrong, I understand this has had some significant time and effort put into it, but I’ll blog about a few other solutions available that are free and open source and you’ll see how they can stand shoulder to shoulder with DesktopServer.
I’ve been a bit busy for the last few days (in part installing an Open-Mesh 20 node network, which I hope to write about in the near future), so haven’t had a chance to post a tech. news update…so here is a summary, including items from the last few days.
- Andrea Smith. “Study Finds Voice-to-Text Apps Don’t Increase Driver Safety.” Mashable.
- Kim-Mai Cutler. “Through Dirt-Cheap Genetic Testing, Counsyl is Pioneering a New Bioinformatics Wave.” TechCrunch.
- Jon Brodkin. “BitTorrent Sync Creates Private, Peer-to-Peer Dropbox, No Cloud Required.” Ars Technica.
- Stacey Higginbotham. “MoboSens, a Square-Like Tool for Eco Warriors, Lets You Crowdsource Water Pollutants.” GigaOm.
- This is an awesome idea and could be huge. Use it to determine your own home water safety, hold commercial water companies to account (both tap water and bottled water), etc.
- Eliza Kern. “Foursquare Tweaks Desktop Version of Site As It Moves Toward Local Search.” GigaOm.
- James Holloway. “IBM’s Solar Tech is 80% Efficient Thanks to Supercomputer Know-How.” Ars Technica.
- “According to the team’s calculations, covering 2 percent of the area of the Sahara with HCPVT would meet the world’s electricity needs, transmission issues aside.”
- Frederic Lardinois. “Developer Brings Google+ Commenting System to WordPress a Week After Google Launches It For Blogger.” TechCrunch.
- Disqus and Livefyre both provide better integrated solutions, but Google is more reliable, IMHO. Facebook is also a competitor – but I have not tried using Facebook or this integration on any of my sites yet.
- Sean Gallagher. “Monty Changes Roles, Goes Big With MariaDB — And Gains Wikipedia As a User.” Ars Technica.
- I’m not a fan of Oracle. I feel like they butchered MySQL and OpenOffice. In any case, I’m happy to see this fork of MySQL gaining traction.
- Amanda Alvarez. “Taming the HetNet with Wi-Fi Traffic Cops.” GigaOm.
- The problem here is getting device manufacturers on board. But even passive functionality within computer tech. could make significant improvements here. For example, routers/etc. should seek out and utilize the least congested channels available to them…some do, but some don’t.
- John Timmer. “Understanding the Brain of a Man with No Conscious Memory.” Ars Technica.
- Anthony Ha. “Apple’s iCloud Grew 20 Percent in Q2, To 300M users.” TechCrunch.
- Christina Warren. “Samsung Galaxy S4: Best Android Phone Ever.” Mashable.
- Rebecca Grant. “Pedal-Powered Generator Lets You Charge Your Phone While you Ride.” VentureBeat.
- Michael Carney. “Exablox Plays Robin Hood, Makes Previously Costly and Complex Storage Tech Available to the Masses.” PandoDaily.
- Anthony Ha. “Adobe Updates its Social Marketing Tools to Predict the Popularity of Your Facebook Post.” TechCrunch.
- Andrew Cunningham. “Review: All Thumbs On Deck with the BlackBerry Q10.” Ars Technica.
- Laura Hazard Owen. “Is this Plagiariam? A New Web Extension Can Help Answer That Question.” paidContent.
- Christina Farr. “‘Data vis for the 99 percent’: DataHero Launches Its Free Service.” VentureBeat.
- Tom Cheredar. “How Netflix Plans to Make More Money Without Raising the Price on Its $8 Plans.” VentureBeat.
- Brian S. Hall. “Why Aren’t College Students Using LinkedIn To Find Jobs?” ReadWriteSocial.
- Gregory Ferenstein. “3 Awesome and Inspiring Inventions from the White House Science Fair.” TechCrunch.
- Mike Tatum. “The Google Fiber Competitive Plan for Everyone Else.” PandoDaily.
- Anna Codrea-Rado. “The Science Behind Why We Procrastinate.” Lifehacker.
- Sam Laird. “Reddit Apologizes for Boston Marathon ‘Witch Hunt.’” Mashable.
- Alvaro Fernandez. “White House BRAIN Initiative is a Nice Start, But It’s Too Small…” VentureBeat.
- Katie Fehrenbacher. “Nest Unleashes the Power of Its Smart Thermostat With Data-Driven Services.” GigaOm.
- Frederic Lardinois. “Google Launches Google Earth Pro 7.1 With New Viewshed Visualization Tool and Improved Printing Options.” TechCrunch.
- Seth Fiegerman. “Grooveshark CEO: ‘I’m Broke.'” Mashable.
- Gregory Ferenstein. “Autistic Workers Can Thrive in High-Tech Jobs.” TechCrunch.
- Devindra Hardawar. “Facebook Home Over a Week Later: Only 500K Installs and a Two-Star User Rating.” VentureBeat.
- Wayne Williams. “Google Apps Users Can Now Get Interactive In-App Training.” BetaNews.
- Ingrid Lunden. “Gizmox Raises $7.5M, Appoints New CEO To Help Enterprises Port IT Apps to Mobile Via HTML5.” TechCrunch.
- Messed around with this a little in the past, looks like a pretty interesting tool I’d like to explore further.
- Ucilia Wang. “What You Need to Know About Shopping for Solar Panels.” GigaOm.
- Brian Proffitt. “Software-Defined Networking (SDN): What It Is, How It Works, Why It Matters.” ReadWriteCloud.
For those who are interested in website design / management ScrewTurn Wiki will probably be of interest. Free, open source (GPLv2), and under constant development ScrewTurn Wiki is a ASP.NET wiki application. I use it on my freewargamer site.
Why would I suggest ScrewTurn as worth a turn or two? Well:
- It depends on whether you are looking for a Windows based stack or a Linux based stack. There are lots of options out there for Linux based stacks – but for Windows there are far fewer.
- As mentioned above its free, open source, and licensed under the well-known, widely utilized GPLv2.
- ScrewTurn also seems to be under continuous development with regular releases and well supported forums…and its not some new project that just popped out of the woodwork – its been around for a while.
- Its extremely easy to setup. Anyone who can learn how to purchase some shared hosting and use an FTP client can get ScrewTurn up and running within minutes.
- It supports a good variety of databases (e.g. MSSQL and MySQL) but also allows for flat filesystem site creation (what I use on freewargamer). This makes setup/management even simpler and reduces the requirements in a shared host (which usually limit or don’t provide database access).
- The UI is simple and easy to use. Its intuitive.
- It has WYSIWYG editing of articles.
- It supports Active Directory integration!
The list could go on – but check it out for yourself. Enjoy! (P.S. they recently released the final version of 3.0 which is pretty awesome).