Took me a while to find the right tutorial on how to use MAMP Pro for multiple hosts but finally found it here. However that doesn't solve all my problems.
After installing WordPress, I tried to install a new theme and got a message that said I needed to change the permissions to 777. I don't recall what directory exactly the message indicated I needed to fix BUT what I do recall is that it wasn't the themes directory, it was attempting to install my theme into the uploads directory like it was a media upload. I also got a message telling me that one of my themes .css files needed to have the permissions set to 666. Arrrrgh!
I have to assume (because I have no clue) that if the permissions were assigned properly that WordPress would have installed my theme into the themes folder with no problems. And that the .css message would not have appeared.
Having stated all of the above—here's my real issue:
After tons of searches I see that most people are saying to use the Mac OS "Get Info" to change things to "Write" by everyone and after installations, change them back. I have no idea if that is the equivalent of 777, 644 or 666 or whatever. I see other people suggesting using chmod via Terminal. To me that's a bit like shooting flies with a machine gun, especially since I use Terminal so seldom that it would take all day to figure it out each time. One method seems too stupid simple and the other is way overkill and these things make me nervous.
Here are my questions:
- Is there a simple way to set permissions where I can see and choose the permissions values required and set them?
- If there is such a method, is there a utility application to help me do this? Remember this isn't FTP this is localhost. I tried setting this up in my FTP client with no luck (Fetch).
- Once I manage to change these permissions to upload or install plugins and themes do I really need to set them back to where I found them?
- Will these permissions affect the site when I transfer my files to my domain?