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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.
This course is one of the series of four courses that map out four different tools you can use to install WordPress on your local computer. Depending on your platform, your level of expertise, and what you want to achieve, either one of these four tools may be the correct one for you. So before we get started, let me break down the different options so you can pick the right tool and the right course for your needs right off to top. If you're a Mac user, I recommend using MAMP.
MAMP is an application that installs a web server on your Mac and then you can link that web server to WordPress so that you can run WordPress as you would on a web server on the web. MAMP requires a bit of configuration to work, and it can be a bit tricky, but once it's up and running it's very easy to work with. The second option for Mac users is BitNami. BitNami is a one-click installation that installs both a MAMP server just like what had option one and WordPress and links it altogether.
So you just installed BitNami and then you have WordPress running on your Mac. The problem is BitNami can be a bit buggy on Mac, and it can be a bit hard to stop and start then things tend to happen with it. That's why I don't recommend it as the first option. But if you're looking for a simple one-click install, and you don't want to worry about configurations, BitNami is the way to go. For Windows users, my primary recommendation is to use BitNami. It's the same application as the one available for Mac users, but it works a lot better on Windows.
In fact, I use BitNami for all my development work because it's so easy to work with, and it works really well. I've tried all the other options, but I stick with BitNami. If you want an option, you can install WAMP on your Windows computer. Now WAMP is exactly the same as MAMP, except the W at the top stands for Windows, whereas in MAMP the first M stands for Mac. So it's a web server that you install and then you can configure it to talk to WordPress and make it all work together. The last option for Windows users is WebMatrix.
Now WebMatrix isn't exactly the same as the BitNami and WAMP. In addition to being a server environment where you can run WordPress and other open-source applications, WebMatrix is also a web development tool that you can use to develop web applications. So in addition to having WordPress run under WebMatrix, you can also use WebMatrix to build WordPress or build themes for WordPress or build plug-ins for WordPress. However, WebMatrix is very different from BitNami and WAMP in that it installs a large list of applications onto your computer and changes the overall configuration of your computer in the process, in effect making your computer into a proper Windows-based web server.
Before you embark on this course, it's important that you pick the correct tool for your purposes. You can either watch all the four courses and then based on those decide which tool you want to use, or you can pick the tool you think will work best for you and then just watch that course. We've created one course for each tool so that it's easy to compare them and also so that it's easy to both install, troubleshoot, and uninstall each of the solutions.
In this course we will be looking at the MAMP for Mac users. If you're a Mac user and you plan to use BitNami, or if you're a Windows user and you want use the BitNami, WAMP, or WebMatrix instead, go to the lynda.com online training library and select the course that corresponds with your choice. And don't worry about making the wrong choice. Each of the courses in the series also shows you how to uninstall each of the options if you don't like it.
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