In the last few months I have been looking at PHP and many Content Management Systems other than WordPress. I discovered Laravel which is a PHP framework.
A few days ago I managed to install Laravel on my XAMPP installation. It was easy and only took a few minutes. I followed this tutorial.
The install process went something like this. I installed Composer. Then I opened the Command Prompt and installed Laravel into my XAMPP directory. I configured a Virtual Host so I could access it by going to http://laravel.dev. Then I started my server back up again and da-da! It's complete.