It has been brought to my attention that MAMP is a pretty popular app to use for installing WP on your local machine. So this post is going to help you install WordPress 3.3.1 on your MAC (apple) computer using MAMP. I am assuming you have already installed MAMP and set the ports to the default.
First things first. BREATHE. This will be easier than paying the 1000's of dollars for a apple computer. I have 3 in case you were wondering.
- First Download WORDPRESS 3.3.1 to your desktop. if your browser downloads it somewhere else, drag it to your desktop. Unzip the file to your desktop. You should see a folder called wordpress in all lowercase letters. I want you to rename the folder. Name it - newsite - . (of course with out the spacing or the -'s)
- now, using finder, go to applications/mamp/htdocs
- inside of htdocs there will be a few things already there. do not erase them. Drag the folder into htdocs. Now you have placed your local copy of wordpress into the correct place.
- now, start MAMP and start all servers. When all lights go to green, open up the local page called phpMyadmin. Or type in localhost/phpMyadmin into your address bar of any browser. Find the DATABASE tab and then create a new database name. Again, using best practicing methods, name the database the same thing as the folder. make sure you copy the name of the database. to install wordpress, you must enter in a database name and it is case sensitive.
- once you created the database, open a new window in your browser and type in localhost/newsite , again whate ever you named your folder you type that after the /
- From here, you will see the configuration set up page. it says something like, we need to create the config file. There is only one button you can click on to take you to the next page. click it. it should be called configure or something along those lines.
- you will be taken to a page that explains to you, you need a database, username, password and host information to set up wordpress. again, there should only be one button to click that takes you to the set up page.
- On this page, it will ask you to type in the database name , username and etc. In the dtatbase text field, paste in the name of the database we copied earlier. if you are following along with the tutorial, type in ' newiste ' with out the (')'s or the spacing.
- The user name and password are both going to be "root"
- do not change anything else. meaning: leave the local host and prefix alone because these fields are pre populated.
- below the prefix text field, there is only one button that should say set up, configure, start or something along those line.
- from here, its pretty self explanatory. give the site a name, and make a username and password. you can change the site name and your password from inside the dashobard at a later date. the username is not changeable unless you run a plugin to do that from the repository. there are 4 of them that I know of.
- now you should see a button at the bottom of the dialog box called set up. click it
now you can log into the wordpress dashboard by visiting localhost/newsite/wp-login.php
I hope this helped you out and if you have any questions, ask away!