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  • I have registered a domain on GoDaddy and registered to have my site hosted on DreamHost. I already have a website up on my domain so I don’t want that to disappear while I’m creating my new WP site so I’ve been advised to install WP locally on my computer.

    I’ve made my way through figuring out the MAMP installation. I’ve created a database called “WordPress” on the MAMP localhost page and have created a User. I have downloaded WP and unzipped it. I have moved the WP files into the MAMP htdocs folder. I also went in and changed the name of wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php I also updated the wp-config file to include the information here: with the computer generated security keys.

    I’m now at the part of:
    where it says to:

    “Lastly, we’ve got to run WordPress’ famous 5-minute install. Visit your local site (localhost:port or localhost:port/wordpress), and enter the following information into the database setup form:

    database name: wordpress
    database host/server: localhost
    database user: root
    database password: root
    Once that’s complete, enter a blog name and email address, and you’re ready to use WordPress on your Mac.

    I feel like I’ve gotten this far, but I’m not sure how to do this next step so I can start building my site. Any insight you can give would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks!

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  • Moderator keesiemeijer



    If you haven’t changed the port number (in step 2) go to http://localhost:8888/ in your browser.

    If you want to develop on your production server and keep your current site up, you could install wordpress in a subdirectory of your main site, leaving the current site intact. (dreamhost will do this for you with one click – just specify the subdirectory you want to install into).

    Then you can do all your development “live” and when you are ready to switch to the new wordpress site, you can change the site address under general settings and then follow the directions here:

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