If you would like to install your own web server in Windows 10 or Windows 11, this is possible. It is also not that complicated at all.
There are packages with apps that let you start a web server in a Microsoft Windows environment. One such package we will discuss in this guide. This is the AMPPS package. AMPPS is a collection of various web server requirements, “a stack”. This is better known as a WAMP package.
WAMP stands for “Windows”, “Apache”, “MariaDB” and “PHP”. Windows is the operating system, Apache is the web server, MariaDB is the database server, and PHP is one of the scripting languages supported.
The nice thing about AMPPS is that it is straightforward to install. Besides the easy installation, it is also possible to add web server apps to the installation. You can easily manage it through a panel.
After installation, you can add apps, think WordPress, and other content management systems. You can install these apps via the “Softaculous auto-installer” with a single click. There are over 400 different apps you can install.
AMPPS is free to use for a single PC. In addition, you can use the free apps and not paid apps. Also, there is only support for one PHP version, and you can use it to manage a domain and manage MySQL, but you cannot use AMPPS support. The other features are available for an annual fee on their website.
How to install your own web server in Windows 10 or Windows 11
AMPPS supports the following Windows operating systems:
Windows 11, 10, 7 (SP1 +), 8, Vista
Windows Server 2022, 2019, 2016, 2012
Windows XP or Windows Server 2008 or lower are not supported. However, you can download a compatible version of AMPPS for these platforms.
To get started, download AMPPS from the link below:
After downloading, you can start the installation process. You may find that there are additional requirements to install in addition to AMPPS.
This is “Microsoft Visual C++.” Please allow this installation to use AMPPS.
After installation, there are additional web server requirements needed. These include PHP, PhpMyAdmin, MySQL, and Softaculous. Click Continue to install these requirements.
Suppose the Windows firewall is active on your computer. First, you need to allow the “Apache HTTP server” and “MySQL” in the firewall. Then, click on the “allow access” button.
After a successful installation, you will see the AMPPS admin panel back in the system tray in Windows. This is to the left next to the time and date.
Right-clicking on it and choosing “Restore” will bring up the admin panel.
You will see six different icons in the menu.
The first icon is “Option”. You can manage various settings in the AMPPS admin panel by clicking on the option, such as licenses and more.
The second icon opens the browser in “localhost”. This is the default directory where your web server files are stored.
The third icon opens the browser in: http://localhost/ampps/. Here you can configure AMPPS and install apps. These apps are located on the left side in different categories. Please note that some apps require a yearly license.
The fourth icon opens the “AMPPS – Admin panel” at: http://localhost/ampps-admin/
Here you can manage AMPPS as a server and purchase or change your license. Update any scripts, gain insight into the number of active users on your site, etc.
The fifth icon opens the webserver default HTTP web server folder for AMPPS. This is the C:\Program Files\Ampps\www\ folder.
The last icon in the AMPPS menu provides access to the apps AMPPS installs. These are the Apache web server, MySQL, PHP, MongoDB, etc.
Obviously, some knowledge of web servers, etc. is needed to install a web server in Windows through AMPPS. However, it is one of the most user-friendly apps to start a web server. It is essential to regularly check for new updates.
You can consider the Microsoft IIS web server as a completely free alternative.
I hope this has helped you. Thanks for reading!