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A friend of mine showed me the virtual hosts feature within Mamp, its pretty nifty. Using git and mamp pro to work locally makes it really easy to set up staging for WordPress sites.

Was wondering if there was a similar feature within xampp or mamp (using windows for development), or do I have to manually change my hosts files for local test sites?

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Hi Samer. Please see the faq about the type of questions that are within scope here. Please note the 'generic server configuration and administration' list item. This question is better suited for Server Fault or Stack Overflow. –  Brian Fegter Oct 18 '12 at 12:18
    
I've used MAMP Pro and XAMPP to do exactly this. I agree with Brian, this is an Apache question, not a WordPress question –  Tom J Nowell Oct 18 '12 at 12:40
    
For reference, all three stacks use httpd-vhosts.conf which is a standard Apache file, MAMP Pro simply adds a pretty UI that edits the file for you as it does with the HOST file. I'm not aware of any pretty GUIs for WAMP or XAMPP specifically but Im sure someone has attempted one –  Tom J Nowell Oct 18 '12 at 12:42
    
Also @toscho it could be argued this is a shopping question as he's asking for GUI programs that do the same thing as MAMP Pro –  Tom J Nowell Oct 18 '12 at 12:42
    
Sorry for the confusion, I totally misread that. I moved my answer to a separate topic. –  toscho Oct 18 '12 at 18:26
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