The online world has a enormous amount of free information, free tools and all the technical resources and references you would ever need. And all of them are open-source and are licensed under the General Public License (GPL) or under a Creative Commons license.
The Apache HTTP Server project develops and maintains an open-source, high function, extensible and secure HTTP server. Apache has been the most popular web server on the internet since April 1996.
PHP (short for Personal Home Page) is a widely-used open-source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. It is usually tightly integrated with the Apache HTTP server, offering a highly sophisticated web server environment.
MySQL (or My Structured Query Language) is the last piece of the puzzle. MySQL is the world's most popular open source database software, with over 100 million copies of its software downloaded or distributed throughout it's history.
When Apache, PHP and MySQL are run under Linux they are commonly referred to the LAMP stack. The modular components of a LAMP stack may vary, but this particular software combination has become popular because it is entirely free and open-source software.
wampserver offers a Windows version of the LAMP stack called WAMP. It reproduces my production bluehost LAMP server on my Windows XP (and later) PC. It supports the Apache server, the PHP scripting language and MySQL databases, allowing me to develop and refine my website and WordPress blog before publishing it online. MAMP is available for MAC OS.
WordPress is a state-of-the-art publishing platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. WordPress is collaborative, open-source, free software. There are hundreds of people all over the world working on it. Built on PHP and mySQL it is licensed under the GPL.
The Turning Gate plugins build 90% of my website right in Photoshop Lightroom. It generates root pages and automatically generates a gallery index page from all my photo gallery directories. Now I can focus on publishing my images rather than building webpages.
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