XAMPP portable is the same thing as XAMPP but with the ability to work from a portable drive. The disadvantage is that some of the settings for the servers use specific drive locations (drive letters). The instructions below allow for this. You only need to do one of them but both are explained fully on the next two pages. They are:
- installing portableapps.com which gives you a lot of free software which will all run from your external hard drive (recommended as you can then develop your pages wherever you are by installing Notepad++ and other editors on it)
- put just xampp onto the external drive and continue using editors and browsers which run from your computer (useful if you only have a flash drive and not an external hard or solid state drive)
If you are not using Windows you will need to do some research to find instructions for your operating system. As long as you only want to develop under Windows read this page.