Mamp Skill: How to Host WordPress Locally on MacOS
Mamp™ is a free, open-source tool for hosting WordPress blogs locally on your Mac. With Mamp, you can create a fully functioning WordPress blog in just a few minutes. This tutorial will teach you how to host a WordPress blog on your Mac with Mamp, and it will also teach you how to make your blog look as good as new. You will find all the information you need in this article, including download links for Mamp.
To follow this tutorial, you will need a Mac computer, either a MacBook or Mac Pro. You will also need to have WordPress installed on your computer. If you do not have WordPress already installed, you can download and install it from the WordPress website.
Step 1: Install WordPress, Mamp, and all the Necessary Packages
The first thing you will need to do is to install WordPress, Mamp, and all the necessary packages. You can do this by going to your Mac’s desktop and opening the terminal application (called ‘Terminal’). Once the terminal window opens, you will need to paste the following code (which may require some tweaking):
sudo apt-get install wordpress mysql-server phpMyAdmin
Once this is installed, you can open up your WordPress administration panel and create a new blog with a username and password. You will not need to use these credentials for logging in to WordPress, but rather, you can use them to create new user accounts if you want to assign specific permissions to different users or blogs.
Now that WordPress is installed, you can move on to installing Mamp.
Step 2: Install Mamp
Like WordPress, Mamp is also a free and open-source tool that you can download and install directly from the WordPress website. When you install Mamp, it will create a small WordPress blog for you on your computer. This blog will be called ‘localhost’.
You can rename this blog to anything you want, but for the sake of this tutorial, we will use the default name ‘localhost’.
Once Mamp is installed, you can access the WordPress dashboard of ‘localhost’ by going to your computer’s browser and typing in ‘localhost/wp-admin’ (without the quotes). This will open up the WordPress dashboard for you.
You will see that WordPress and Mamp have both installed themselves successfully on your computer. However, if you head over to the WordPress dashboard, you will see that there is currently no content visible on the site because there is no data inserted into the database yet. The next step is to populate this database with some sample posts.
Step 3: Create a Database and User
The last step of this tutorial is to create a database and a user for WordPress to operate within. You can do this by going to the WordPress dashboard and clicking on the ‘Databases’ link located in the left-hand column.
This will open up the WordPress Databases section of the admin panel. From here, you can click on the ‘Add New’ button to create a new database called ‘sample’ (without quotes).
You will then be presented with the option of selecting a database host for the new sample database. For the sake of this tutorial, we will use MySQL, but you can also use SQLite (which is what the WordPress team recommends).
Once you have selected a database host, click on the ‘Create Database’ button to create the database. This button will be enabled once the database has been created successfully. You will now see the ‘sample’ database in the WordPress dashboard. To create a WordPress user for this database, click on the ‘Users’ link in the left-hand column.
This will open up the WordPress Users section of the admin panel. From here, you can click on the ‘Add New’ button to create a new user called ‘blogger’.
You will then be asked to enter a username for the new user. You can call this user whatever you want, but for the sake of this tutorial, we will use the default name ‘blogger’.
After you have entered a username, you will see a green checkmark at the end of the row. This means the username has been successfully created.
You will then be asked to enter a password for the user. Since this is a sample blog and we do not want it to be publicly accessible, we will use a very basic password for this user.
Once you have entered a password, click on the ‘Create User’ button to create the user. You will now see the ‘blogger’ user in the WordPress dashboard. At this point, you can test out your new WordPress blog by going to ‘localhost/wp-admin’ in your browser and entering the credentials you just created. You should now see a login screen with the heading ‘Welcome, (username)!’.
If you logged in successfully, congratulations! You have just created a local WordPress installation on your Mac. You can now access your new WordPress blog by going to ‘localhost’ in your browser. You should see the WordPress dashboard with all your default settings already in place.
At this point, you may want to take a break and come back later to continue tweaking and improving your WordPress blog. You can also download all the necessary code and documentation from the WordPress website and review the online documentation. In addition, you can ask questions about the code or administration panel in the WordPress forums — and the community there is always willing to help!
While this tutorial teaches you how to install WordPress and host it locally on your Mac, you will still need to upload the website to a web server somewhere to actually make it live on the internet. For more information on how to do this, check out these articles:
How to Host a WordPress Blog Locally
If you are looking to host your WordPress blog locally, then you need to have four things in mind:
- Your server hardware
- Your server software
- Your domain
- And how to configure WordPress to work with your new server
If you have a Mac, you can use Mamp to easily spin up a WordPress blog in a few minutes. Once you have your WordPress blog up and running on Mamp, you can use the platform to easily push your content to the internet. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install WordPress, set up a sample blog locally, and then use Mamp to easily push your content to the web.
How to Install WordPress On a Server
If you are looking to host your WordPress blog on a web server, then you need to have four things in mind:
- Your server hardware
- Your server software
- Your domain
- And the WordPress installer
As before, if you have a Mac, you can use Mamp to easily spin up a WordPress blog in a few minutes. However, this time, you will need to use an external tool to push your content to the web. In this tutorial, you will learn how to install WordPress on a server, set up a sample blog, and then use Mamp to easily push your content to the web.
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is the web address your browser will try to connect to when you visit a website (like ‘mamp.info’ or ‘wordpress.com’).
You will need to register a domain name that will be easy to remember and that accurately reflects your blog. Do not use your employer’s domain name or a social media account like Twitter or Instagram. When others try to go to your website via these addresses, your site will not load because your server will not know how to handle these requests. You can find a list of TLDs (top-level domains) that you can purchase and use with WordPress here.