Due to currently not being able to access the server for testing I have decided to install software that will enable me to test locally using php and MySQL. I will be using a mac and have narrowed my search down to MAMP and XAMPP.
Both of these software’s are free. MAMP is a combination of free software and is released under the GNU General Public licence and contains Apache which is open source. XAMPP is an open source package, which also contains Apache.
It was a close call but after looking at forums and reading various reviews of each of these software’s, I have decided to go with MAMP on the mac as it seems to be the least fuss to install and straightforward to use. I partly made this decision based on real users opinions.