I'm sure that all the advice being giving is legit, and I for one appreciate it, but I'm also sure that sometimes there are things that vets take for granted that might seem so painfully obvious they've escaped attention. If this were CSS I would say there's a missing semicolon somewhere in these well-meaning instructions.
The codex says put the wordpress install anywhere you like, so long as MAMP is directed to the root through preferences. I actually have a SITES folder and named it wordpress, so my install was seemingly word for word the same as the codex, but still not getting it.
HTDOCS? Ok, I'll try that. I see where that is and even moved my folder over there, reassigned Apache to that new root, and MAMP is now apparently happy as a clam. Typing in any and all of the recommended localhost addresses and still nothing but an error.
QUESTION: the admin panel is visible, is that what I'm shooting for? If not can you give us some idea of what will appear before us if it's not the admin panel launchable from MAMP. It has a clear localhost address, but none of them correspond to any of the instructions for localhost in either the codex or the forum.
When I clicked on the database earlier the information I was asked to manually enter was the default, by all appearances. I can't again find that screen. There's my wordpress database, click on it and it gives me a menu bar with tabs for Scructure, SQL, etc.
ALSO and possibly related- "a newer version of phpMyAdmin is available and you should consider upgrading". Well, fantastic. I'd love to. How?
Anyone want to take a whack at these semicolons? dumb it down a bit and I promise I'll be able to merge into traffic.