You guys are really patient. I'm trying to think of something nice to do for you all. I decided to delete everything and start from the beginning. Again, I am following the directions in "Installing WordPress Locally on Your Mac using MAMP"
First of all, it tells me to install MAMP and not MAMP Pro, but there is no button to just install MAMP. It installs them both. Then it gives directions on how to drag them into the Applications folder, but when I open the little package from my downloads file, I go into a little Mac installation wizard that puts them nicely into my applications folder.
Then it tells me to click the preference button and enter the settings (8888 & 8889). These were already in there. Then it tells me to go to php and select version 5. The only 2 options are 5.2.17 and 5.4.4. and the latter (5.4.4) is selected. I clicked OK, because generally I just use the default settings. Then it tells me to click on Apache and select a root document. Again I just use the default which was Applications/MAMP/htdocs.
Then I downloaded WordPress. It went into my download file. I opened another finder window and put all the wordpress files into Applications/MAMAP/htdocs.
This is where I always mess up. It says visit your local site. What may be the problem is that I have both Safari and Firefox installed on my computer. When I click on the MAMP icon in my Applications folder, it always opens in Firefox. Right now, for example. I am writing this post in Safari and MAMP is running in Firefox.
Now the codex document tells me this:
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:
In my Firefox URL window, it says http://localhost:8888/MAMP/?language=English
When I try putting in localhost:port or localhost:port/365 (365 is the name of the database I created) I get an "address was not understood message"
So this is how it is. If any of you are close enough, I'll bake you a cake.