I’m sure some of you uber-geeks will scoff as at such a product, opting save the $19.95 price by compiling and then installing each of the above. For me, I prefer the convenience of running a single .exe to get Apache and PHP up, and then an add-on .exe to install MySQL. A process that took me all of 10 minutes … mostly because I had to shut down the IIS server.
From there, I was able to install Drupal and do some development work on the blogs4God redesign while I’m on vacation. The Drupal install took about 20 minutes, not because of Drupal, but because of some site-specific stuff I wanted done.
Okay, in English for those of you who don’t speak pure geek. By installing Sokkit, you can leave your production website alone, and customize a ‘test’ or ‘development’ version of your site on your home PC. No Internet connection needed. No need to run a separate Linux box w/Apache at home (as some of us are known to do). Just make changes, and view them all from the comfort of your localhost.
In fact, the $44.95 deluxe version of this product, along with a service such as NOIP, can give you all you need to run a small web site from your home, or church basement, though I would advise against the latter for security reasons.
About the only knock I have on this product is that I could find no mod_perl, that is a module to run Perl … which if I’m correct (and if I’m wrong about this, leave a comment) … then these guys should make one available so they generate some serious bucks. I may be wrong, but I suspect such a tool at its current pricing structure would be very attractive to the MovableType crowd.