When Acquia (news, site) came out with the Drupal Stack (DAMP) Installer, many new users likely got very excited. You can use this installer to download and install everything you need to get a Drupal (news, site) web content management environment up and running with a single click on a Mac or Windows system. But while it was a good way to get Drupal up and running quickly, it didn't have everything you may have wanted.
Acquia asked the community what new features they would like to see with the DAMP Installer and the community responded -- multisite support. Acquia, of course, obliged.
Most Requested Feature
According to the results of a survey Acquia put out, the most requested feature for the DAMP Installer was to be able to set up multiple virtual hosts for multiple Drupal websites.
Once you have your Drupal environment up and running, you can create and configure new websites by simply clicking New in the Settings...Sites Tab.
Acquia DAMP Installer
Creating a New Site
When you create a new site you all you need to do is enter a Site Name and the Installer will do the rest. However, if you want to have a customized site created, then you can fill in the details in the form below, making sure you have the "I want custom site details..." option checked.
DAMP Installer - Create New website
Acquia provides a quick screencast on how this new feature works. It's only a couple of minutes, but shows just how simple it now is to create multiple Drupal websites.
Designed for End Users, Used By Web Developers
While the DAMP Installer has been designed for end users and not necessarily web developers, Dries Buytaert has suggested it for web developers in some instances. Community members have said that the DAMP installer is much easier to use than the MAMP or WAMP installers (which installs the PHP environment on Mac and Windows, sans Drupal).
The DAMP Installer is very similar to the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (WPI). Of course you can also install the Drupal Web CMS in a Windows environment using the WPI, but it is installed on IIS instead of the Apache web server.
Here's the link to get your version of the DAMP installer.
Have you used the Acquia DAMP Installer? Is it suited for web developers and end users? Let us know.