Best software for creating local server?

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I used Xampp or Appserv network years ago for testing purposes and run temporarily php sites on my PC. They was a great little software for creating a local server. What's the preferred method for creating a local server in 2017 though? or should I buy a shared or VPS to check my sites how they will work online? which is better idea?

Will appreciate suggestions and recommendations. Thanks!
 

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You are better off hosting your site's on an actual web server vs on a home server!!

You can find shared hosting and even VPS's are very affordable these days, and a lot more stable/secure/redundant then a home PC/Server
 

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If you really want to do this, I would go with virtual box, but as RDO said a VPS is very cheap these days. Not really any reason to run your own local server in 2016.
 

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In my personal opinion, the virtual home server will be the best when you are designing a website and want to check them quickly on browsers, it loads really awesome and can give you results as fastest as possible..

If you are wanting to check a real CMS with functions on it then I would recommend you should go with a real host, maybe a shared or a VPS hosting.
 

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If your looking for a cheap solution go wiht namecheap for like $9 bucks a year for shared hosting. If you'd like a VPS OVH is pretty darn cheap although it will take days to get answer to support tickets. Just surf around till you find the feel/vibe your looking for.
 

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The only way to get the exact testing results is to host the site(s) on an actual web server (shared hosting account/vps/dedicated server) There are too many factors to count that would be different from your own PC versus a hosting companies server.

You can easily get a vps or even a shared hosting account for a month for little $ for testing purposes.
 

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You could run a server at home but it's recommended anymore but I'd be happy to assist you the best way that I can in doing so. What is the purpose of wanting to run a server at home? Are you looking at doing it for personal or business use. Many companies back in the day started with running servers at home, and now a lot of them own offices and datacenters. Including the company i work for... It all starts with a dream!
 

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It'd cost you more in electric to run it from home PC/server. A web hosting account would be better.
 
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