Join Morten Rand-Hendriksen for an in-depth discussion in this video Overview of course alternatives (BitNami, WAMP, and WebMatrix), part of Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP.
- This course is part of the Installing and Running WordPress Series which looks at different methods and tools for installing and running WordPress in different types of environments. This is not a series you watch from start to finish but rather a series of different courses that address different types of tools for different circumstances. So before you dive into this course it's important to make sure that this is in fact a course you need for your particular circumstances. The Installing and Running WordPress Series can roughly be split into two main groups.
We have the development courses which look at how install and run WordPress natively on a computer for training and development purposes. And we have the live site courses which look at how to install and run WordPress on live web servers so people can access them over the web. This course, Installing and Running WordPress: MAMP falls under the Development stack. And by following this course you'll learn how to install and run WordPress natively on a Mac and also in some cases on a Windows computer.
Under Development stack we also have other courses including Installing and Running WordPress: WAMP which is a Windows only tool to do the exact same thing we're doing in this course. We have BitNami and DesktopServer which are more specialized tools that not only install the environments where WordPress can run but also set up WordPress for you. And finally, we have WebMatrix which is a Windows only tool that helps you not only to set up WordPress locally on your computer but also gives you a development environment that links directly to Microsoft Azure.
In the Live Site group we currently have two courses. The first one, Installing and Running WordPress: Shared Server is the course that focuses on the most common way of installing and running WordPress on a live server. So if you're looking to publish a WordPress site live on the web, this is probably the course you'll be looking at. In addition, we also have a specialized course focusing on how to install and run WordPress using Microsoft Azure. Now this course, only looks at Microsoft Cloud Host in Platform Azure.
So if that's what you're looking for we have a course for that as well. Now before we get started I want to address one common question that often only shows up after someone has installed and run WordPress locally on their computer and built an entire website, and then they want to move that website from their computer to a live site on the web. But that's not that easy. So here's a tip on how to use a locally hosted version of WordPress versus a live hosted version of WordPress. The simple rule is, you develop on your local host and you post your real content on the live site.
By that I mean, you install WordPress locally on a computer, using MAMP in this case, and you can develop your themes and plugins or test different features from WordPress there. However, when you start building out your real site with real content always do that on the live site on the web that way you never have to move content from your computer to the live site on the web because that is a real challenge. Instead, if you need to you can always pull the live content from your live site on the web down into your computer.
So, simply put develop your themes and plugins on the local host but post your real content on the live site on the web.
- What is MAMP?
- Downloading MAMP and WordPress
- Installing MAMP and WordPress
- Running WordPress under MAMP
- Setting up additional WordPress sites
- Setting up WordPress with MAMP PRO Extras