What is MAMP?
Video: What is MAMP?What is MAMP? provides you with in-depth training on Developer. Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen as part of the Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP (2013)
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What is MAMP? provides you with in-depth training on Developer. Taught by Morten Rand-Hendriksen as part of the Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP (2013)
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.
- What is MAMP?
- Downloading MAMP and WordPress
- Installing MAMP and WordPress
- Accessing WordPress from your desktop
- Troubleshooting your setup
What is MAMP?
Before we get started, it might be a good idea to clarify what MAMP is and how it works. MAMP is an acronym that stands for Mac, Apache, MySQL, PHP. Mac is well, Mac, the operating system you run on a Mac. Apache is a web server application you will find running on a large portion of the web servers around the world. MySQL is a database system used by WordPress and most Apache web servers, and PHP is a server-side scripting language or programming language used by WordPress.
In plain English, this means by installing MAMP you install the necessary applications and programming components to run WordPress on your Mac. Once MAMP is installed, you can install WordPress on your Mac, and it'll run just like it would on a web server on the web. The major differences between running WordPress on a web server on the web and running WordPress on MAMP on your Mac are pretty obvious, because MAMP is installed on your computer, you don't need Internet access to use your WordPress site.
That also means the site is only accessible from your computer--that is unless you've decided to make your computer a public web host-- something I don't recommend you do. The true benefit of having WordPress running on MAMP on your Mac is that you can work with the files directly, and you don't have to keep uploading and downloading them to and from your web server. They're all there ready for you to work with and experiment on.
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- Q: How do I take the local version of my WordPress site and publish it on the web?
- A: The course WordPress Quick Tips: Migration and Database Reset shows you how to migrate a local site to production. The method shown creates a new duplicate of the original website, but it requires detailed database work and effectively results in a hard reset of the target site. Proceed carefully.
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