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  • I am trying to install WordPress for the first time on my mac -_-

    I’ve downloaded the given files and now I am trying to follow the instructions on the ReadMe file, but I can’t access “wp-admin/install.php” or “wp-config.php”. I have tried with Chrome and Safari. I keep getting the messages “server error” or “no connection established” or “you have not enabled php”.

    1) I tried running other files from the same server and they worked. 2) Of course there’s no connection because I haven’t installed it yet. 3) I opened other php files and they worked fine; plus, I did that whole crazy allow php code thing from terminal. I’ve searched forums and developer and html blogs etc. and I read through all the instructions in the ReadMe file.

    The topics on this site that I’ve found seem to all be about the file being missing, rather than not having access. I’m pretty new to this so I could be missing something obvious, but if you could help me out that’d be great! Thank you in advance!

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  • Try downloading new wordpress zip files again, unzip the file and put it on your MAMP document root. when unzipping the folder, the files are automatically unzipped to a folder named wordpress.

    Open wp-config-sample.php and change the config settings for the correct database(im assuming you already created the database). rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php.

    Go to browser and type localhost/wordpress/. If you followed everything then you will be directed to the installation page.

    I hope that helps. Im not a MAC user, but I guess the installation process is the same as with Windows. :))


    How do I change the “config settings” for the correct database? What is the database?

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