MAMP and MAMP PRO are not the only tools for installing and running WordPress on a computer. Learn what courses and options are available.
- [Instructor] 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 this is in fact the course you need for your particular circumstance. The Installing and Running WordPress series covers how to install and run WordPress in different environments for different purposes.
This course, Installing and Running WordPress MAMP looks at how to install and run WordPress natively on Mac so you have a local version of WordPress you can use for training and developing purposes. Other courses in the series include Installing and Running WordPress WAMP, which is a Windows-only tool that does the exact same thing we're doing in this course, Installing and Running WordPress 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 Installing and Running WordPress shared server that breaks down the most common way of installing and running WordPress on a live server on the web.
So, if you're on a Mac computer and you want to run WordPress locally so you can either learn how the application works or develop plugins and themes or a full site, keep watching this course. If you're on a Windows computer or you want to look at some other options, go check out one of the other courses in the series. Now, before we get started I want to address a common question that typically shows up after someone has installed and run WordPress locally on their computer and built an entire website. How do you move a locally-hosted WordPress site to a live server on the web? You see, unlike standard static websites, WordPress creates dynamic websites, meaning the templates and functionality are separate from the actual content, like text and images and video.
As a result, you can't simply move the WordPress files from your computer to a live server. Instead, you have to migrate your content from the database and from the server using a specialized tool. I know I'm jumping ahead here, but it's important that you know this right off the bat. Once you've finished watching this course and have a WordPress site up and running on your Mac, take a look at my other course, Migrating WordPress with WP Migrate DB and WP Migrate DB Pro to get a sense of how the migration process works.
This course will come in handy once you build the site on your computer and you want to take it live to the web. But that's all for later. Right now, all you need is your Mac booted up and ready to go, an internet connection, and a desire to install and run WordPress using Mac.