Since I started developing stuff for XenForo I have been traditionally using WAMP or XAMMP for Windows to provide Apache, MySQL, PHP etc.
No one can deny that it's pretty easy to set up.
The only thing I'm not keen on is its performance. It's not terrible. But according to debug stats even with a fresh install of XenForo and WAMP page loads were around 1.3 seconds. So I was beginning to consider setting up something beefier set up. Maybe even using a VPS for development or even setting up a home server.
But first... an experiment.
I heard a long time ago that nginx was excellent in many areas where Apache is not. And so I decided to look for any (again, easy to setup) server stacks including nginx.
Well, I found one. And it's awesome.
Page loads are now 0.1 second and it was pretty easy to set up. I originally messed up the nginx config for full friendly URLs but it was easily fixed.
Check it out
I know some of you will be using something other than Windows, but I'm sure there's similar stacks for Mac and Linux too.