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Installing MAMP

From: Drupal 6 Essential Training

Video: Installing MAMP

If you plan to run Drupal on a computer with Mac OS X, and you aren't already a whiz at managing Apache, MySQL, and PHP on your computer, then this video is for you. If you will be running Drupal only on Microsoft Windows computers, go to the other video in this series, Installing WAMP, instead. By the time we are done, your computer will have all the components you need to run a basic installation of Drupal. The first place that we need to go is to this website, which is at mamp.info. Once there, you will see that there are two versions of MAMP available; the one on the left is MAMP PRO, which is a for pay system, which has some pieces that we really don't need. We are good enough with the ordinary MAMP. You can read more about it by clicking on this button here, or you can just go to the Download page by clicking here.

Installing MAMP

If you plan to run Drupal on a computer with Mac OS X, and you aren't already a whiz at managing Apache, MySQL, and PHP on your computer, then this video is for you. If you will be running Drupal only on Microsoft Windows computers, go to the other video in this series, Installing WAMP, instead. By the time we are done, your computer will have all the components you need to run a basic installation of Drupal. The first place that we need to go is to this website, which is at mamp.info. Once there, you will see that there are two versions of MAMP available; the one on the left is MAMP PRO, which is a for pay system, which has some pieces that we really don't need. We are good enough with the ordinary MAMP. You can read more about it by clicking on this button here, or you can just go to the Download page by clicking here.

Once there, the latest version will be listed here and you can click on it to download. We have already downloaded it, so I am going to switch to the Finder, hide everything else, and unpack this file. On the Mac what you would do to unpack it is to double click, look through the License Agreement, and if you agree, which I assume you will, you click Agree, and the result is a disk image, which contains both MAMP and MAMP PRO. Again, we only need MAMP, so you will drag that into your Applications folder right there.

The Copy will take a few seconds, and when its done you can see MAMP by double clicking on this alias to your Applications folder, like so. You can then close this window, and if you like, you can eject this disk image by dragging it down to the Eject. Once you in the Applications folder, scroll down until you see MAMP, and open it by double clicking on it. The first time you download MAMP, it will ask you if it's okay to open it since it was downloaded from the Internet. Since we trust our source, we are going to say Open. Two things will happen. First, the MAMP program itself will open, and second, it will open the start page. I am going to switch back to the MAMP program so we can take a closer look.

In the left hand part of the screen, you see Apache Server and MySQL server; you can Start and Stop these servers at any time by clicking on this button. When the servers are stopped, the lights glow red, when they are started again, they glow green. In order to run Drupal, you will always have to have the Apache Server and MySQL Server running. The page that was launched when MAMP started is called the Start page, and you can launch that at any time by clicking on this button. From here you have many different options, such as controlling your MySQL database, using phpMyAdmin; we will be doing that a lot in this series.

I am going to go back to MAMP right now, and look at the Preferences. We are going to change a few things in here. First of all, we want to change the folder that Apache is looking for its document root directory. The reason for that is right now it's stored inside the Applications folder. The problem with having your document root directory in your Applications folder is that many backup systems don't look there. Instead they look in your Documents directories. So we are going to put ours there. The first thing we want to do is create that document root, and we will do that by going back to the Finder, by clicking on it, go up to Finder, and Hide Others. Now I am going to go into my directory, which in this case is Users/tomgeller, and Sites. In here, I am going to create a new Folder, which I will call Drupal; this is where all of our Drupal files will live.

I am now going to switch back to the MAMP application and change the document root so that it goes to that place. Again, that was Macintosh HD/Users/tomgeller/Sites/drupal, and then Open, and that chooses the correct folder. There is one other thing that we are going to do, which is to change the Ports that MAMP uses. Right now it uses these nonstandard Ports, 8888 and 8889. The reason we want to change this is, if we don't, whenever you look at the page in your Drupal site, it's going to have not only the name of local host, which is your local computer, but it will say local host:8888, which is a little bit inconvenient if you are typing out URLs.

So I am going to Set to default Apache and MySQL ports, like so, and then click on OK. The servers will restart, and it will ask you for your Password. There we go. We now have MAMP running on the ports we want, and pointing to the correct folder. I am going to just say Open start page again to make sure it's working, and there we go.

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Drupal 6 Essential Training

66 video lessons · 31665 viewers

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  1. 4m 38s
    1. Welcome
      50s
    2. Using the example files
      3m 48s
  2. 28m 55s
    1. Drupal is a CMS
      7m 43s
    2. Choosing Drupal
      5m 32s
    3. Checking Drupal's requirements
      4m 26s
    4. Understanding the inner workings of Drupal
      4m 35s
    5. Meeting the Drupal community
      6m 39s
  3. 11m 28s
    1. Learning key terms in Drupal
      5m 20s
    2. Touring Drupal's interface
      6m 8s
  4. 34m 35s
    1. Installing WAMP and Drupal on Windows
      9m 41s
    2. Installing MAMP
      4m 34s
    3. Setting up the database on a Mac
      2m 2s
    4. Downloading and installing Drupal on a Mac
      6m 37s
    5. Troubleshooting installation problems
      3m 49s
    6. Automating updates with cron
      7m 52s
  5. 25m 37s
    1. Setting up clean URLs
      5m 52s
    2. Backing up your Drupal site
      3m 31s
    3. Restoring your Drupal site from backup
      4m 19s
    4. Wiping your Drupal installation clean
      2m 7s
    5. Updating Drupal
      9m 48s
  6. 15m 37s
    1. Using the Administration menu
      6m 21s
    2. Setting site information
      4m 50s
    3. Setting the theme
      4m 26s
  7. 35m 8s
    1. Understanding security and permissions
      7m 2s
    2. Controlling site access with user management
      3m 39s
    3. Creating users
      7m 58s
    4. Setting user profiles
      9m 40s
    5. Creating contact forms
      6m 49s
  8. 19m 19s
    1. Creating your site's basic info pages
      7m 13s
    2. Understanding page layout
      5m 40s
    3. Creating a flexible layout with blocks
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 35s
    1. Monitoring performance
      4m 52s
    2. Recovering from disasters
      7m 37s
    3. Improving administration skills
      3m 6s
  10. 41m 3s
    1. Understanding nodes
      6m 50s
    2. Creating basic content: Stories and pages
      7m 9s
    3. Enabling other content types
      9m 22s
    4. Adding blogs
      3m 49s
    5. Adding forums
      6m 56s
    6. Adding polls
      6m 57s
  11. 34m 50s
    1. Exploring content categories
      7m 45s
    2. Exchanging content via RSS
      9m 47s
    3. Using input filters
      7m 41s
    4. Managing comments
      9m 37s
  12. 38m 5s
    1. Configuring your theme
      11m 27s
    2. Changing your theme's graphics
      4m 59s
    3. Finding and installing a new theme
      8m 56s
    4. Understanding Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
      5m 56s
    5. Deciphering CSS files
      6m 47s
  13. 22m 41s
    1. Finding modules
      6m 53s
    2. Unpacking and installing modules
      6m 30s
    3. Configuring modules
      3m 50s
    4. Implementing complex modules
      5m 28s
  14. 32m 12s
    1. Ensuring automated updates with poormanscron
      3m 11s
    2. Defining custom content types with CCK
      12m 54s
    3. Stopping spam using a CAPTCHA
      10m 43s
    4. Using a WYSIWYG text editor
      5m 24s
  15. 22m 18s
    1. Getting around with multilevel menus
      7m 26s
    2. Building custom menus
      5m 42s
    3. Creating easy-to-navigate books
      9m 10s
  16. 20m 19s
    1. Changing page templates with PHP
      8m 15s
    2. Using PHP in content
      5m 20s
    3. Implementing PHP snippets
      6m 44s
  17. 10m 15s
    1. Launching your site
      5m 52s
    2. Joining the Drupal community
      4m 23s
  18. 14s
    1. Goodbye
      14s

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