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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.
The set up and installation of WordPress under MAMP is a bit of a chicken and egg situation. You can install MAMP first and then WordPress or vice-versa. Regardless, you have to do a bit of jumping back and forth to make it all work. In this course I'll install WordPress first and then MAMP, but as you'll see when we get going, this sequence is entirely up to you. You may find that installing MAMP first and then WordPress works better for you. To be honest, it makes very little difference.
I have already downloaded WordPress onto my computer. It sits here under a zip folder, and now I need to install WordPress into a folder so that MAMP can work with it and so that I can access WordPress files. The first thing I'll do is unpack WordPress into my Downloads folder. Now it sits here. The next thing I need to do is create a location for WordPress. So I'm going to open a New Finder Window, and I'll go to My Documents and create a New Folder.
I'll call it Sites, and under here I'm simply going to place that WordPress folder. Once I've moved the folder, we can take a look at WordPress the application. As you can see, WordPress consists of three main folders called wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes and then a series of PHP, TXT, and HTML files. This is the application WordPress, but the application WordPress doesn't work unless it's installed and active on a web server, and that's where MAMP comes in.
Now that you have WordPress unpacked and installed on your computer, it's time to install and configure MAMP to work with it.
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