InstantWP.com – Portable WordPress Platform
One of the easiest ways to test WordPress themes and plugins has just become available. InstantWP is a portable WordPress development environment. You can take it with you on a USB key, and it can turn any Windows machine you get to use into a true WordPress development server. InstantWP comes with dummy WordPress posts and pages, and it’s self-configuring. It’s got a built-in Apache web server, and its own PHP and MySQL installations. These are all started and stopped automatically, InstantWP has been built in a way that ensures there’ll be no conflicts with any software that’s already running on the computer you’re using. And once you’re done running it, InstantWP can be removed without traces just by deleting the folder from the computer. InstantWP will leave nothing behind.
You can download InstantWP here. The latest version is 4.1, and you can get it for free. And just in case you need some help getting started, check this deployment guide. It’ll show you how to get websites deployed step by step, along with all the other testing and development uses InstantWP can be put to.
InstantWP.com In Their Own Words
Instant WordPress is a complete standalone, portable WordPress development environment. It turns any Windows machine into a WordPress development server. It will even run from a USB key.