This is not an Earth shattering post. Moreover, itâ€™s not an objective one, that is, it is based on my experience and my experience only.
WAMP is a bundle of Apache, MySql, and PHP (though often also Perl and/or Python) for Windows. These are the things you need to run a dynamic website (in my case, for development and testing) on your computer in Windows. The idea is that a WAMP bundle makes the process of downloading, installing, and configuring the individual components easy and quick.
The two most popular WAMP tools are XAMPP and WampServer. I used XAMPP for a couple years, but it started disconnecting me from the internet recently for some unknown reason (that is probably my fault). I tried to fix it, and couldnâ€™t especially given the conditions under which the problem arose were hard to pin down precisely.
So I installed WampServer instead last week, and I have to say that the basic task of turning everything on and off, tweaking configuring, enabling modules, changing versions of individual components, etc is a lot easier in WampServer. By â€œeasierâ€ I mean itâ€™s more intuitive. The little menu that pops up from WampServer icon in the taskbar has all the options you need and none you donâ€™t.
There may be people out there that have had a different experience, but I know I myself was wondering whether grass is greener on the other side, and in this case it was!