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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.
If you've followed all the steps so far, you should now have a fully functional WordPress site running on your Mac. To make it work all you have to do is to boot up MAMP and start the servers and then go to your browser to visit the site. So I am going to start MAMP, click start servers, and then I can either change the URL here, or I can type in localhost:8888 to get to WordPress.
Here you see WordPress running and everything seems to be working fine. This is the default installation of WordPress running the Twenty Twelve theme. What you're seeing is the front end of WordPress. If you want to go to the back end of WordPress you go to your address bar, type in /WP-admin. This takes you to the login window for WordPress and from here you put in that username and password you set up when you started configuring WordPress.
Check Remember Me so you don't have to do this every time you access this WordPress installation that runs on your own computer and click login. Now you go to WordPress on the backend, and this is where you would do all your work on WordPress. If this is the first time you've ever seen WordPress on the backend this might seem a little overwhelming. If it is the first time you've seen Wordpress on the backend, I encourage you to go check out my other course called WordPress Essential Training that's right here in the lynda.com online training library.
From here WordPress works exactly as it would on an external web host. The only difference is WordPress is stored on your computer. You can go in and create a new post. You can put in text. You can publish a post. You can view the posts. Here it is. You can see the post in the index.
Here is the new post. Here is an old post and WordPress work's exactly as it would if it was on an external server. The difference is that WordPress runs under MAMP. So what happens if I turn MAMP off? I'll go to MAMP here and then I'll click Stop Servers. You see the green lights turned to red. That means the servers are now off. Then I go back to my browser and try to reload my page. When I do that, you see I get nothing.
That's because WordPress installed locally on my computer only works as long as MAMP is running. So if I turn MAMP off or if I turn the servers off, Wordpress no longer works. That's because WordPress is linked permanently to MAMP. To get it up and running again, I simply have to click Start Servers. The servers turn from red to green, and now when I reload the page WordPress is back. As you can see, once you have MAMP and WordPress configured, working with and maintaining your local WordPress site becomes very easy.
Just remember to always start MAMP and the servers if you want to work with the site. Otherwise, all you get is an error message.
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