nginx + PHP is a solid setup to serve PHP applications like WordPress in a development environment. There are many guides available that help you configure and run PHP on nginx via FastCGI on Windows. Once configured, nginx and PHP FastCGI can be started and stopped from the command line. Neither nginx nor PHP provides a friendly GUI through which you can start and stop these services.
WELPressed is a small Windows utility that lets you start or stop nginx and PHP FastCGI in one click. It also makes monitoring the status of these services easy. nginx and PHP FastCGI continue running after you close WELPressed, so you do not have to keep WELPressed running. You can stop them by opening WELPressed again.
WELPressed was originally written to run Wordpress on Windows, nginx, SQLite and PHP (WELP), hence the name.
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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License http://www.gnu.org/licenses/ for more details.