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Installing WordPress on your computer gives you a perfect testing ground for experimentation, theme development, plugin testing, and website development. This course is designed for developers and users who want to install and configure WordPress locally on a Mac with MAMP, the open-source server/database/scripting language combo that sets the stage for more serious WordPress development. Author Morten Rand-Hendriksen covers the configuration options and usage scenarios to get you started working in WordPress quickly.
Now that WordPress is unpacked and ready to go on your computer, it's time to install MAMP. Earlier in this course I downloaded MAMP from the mamp.info website as a zip file, and I also unpacked the zip file. So I got my MAMP package file. To install MAMP, now I just have to activate that package file. So I'll double-click on it, and here I get taken into the MAMP installer that'll walk me through the process of installing MAMP on my computer.
Here I'll click through the different options. I'll read the license agreement, and I read really fast. I'll Agree to the license agreement. I can decide if I want to install the software to be available for all users or just for some users. I'll make sure that I have enough space in my computer, and this is also where I would change the install location if I didn't want to install MAMP in the standard location.
I'll just click on Install here, and then depending on your security settings, you may have to enter an admin password to be allowed to install MAMP onto your computer. So I'll put in my password. Click Install Software, and now MAMP is being installed on my computer.
If the installation was successful I get this message, MAMP and MAMP PRO have been installed successfully, and I can click Close. Now if I go to my Applications and I type in MAMP, you'll see we have MAMP right here. You will also see that we have MAMP PRO underneath. This is because, like I said, when you download MAMP you get both MAMP and MAMP PRO. So if you want to use MAMP PRO and you have a license, you'll then run MAMP PRO from here.
Otherwise, you just go to MAMP, find the MAMP icon, double-click on it, and if this is the first time you open MAMP, you'll get this warning message. It basically says that MAMP PRO has also been installed on your computer, and it asks you if you want to use MAMP or MAMP PRO. So if you have a license for MAMP PRO, you should click Launch MAMP PRO. Otherwise just click Launch MAMP. You also may want to uncheck this check for MAMP PRO when starting MAMP so you don't have to do this every time.
I'll Launch MAMP and here you see the application. As you can see, installing MAMP is very easy. Once it's on your Mac and working properly we can configure the application to talk to WordPress and work the way we want it to.
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