In this tutorial we will show you how to setup WordPress on your Mac using local server. The whole process is divided into few steps so that both beginners and pro-users can easily install WordPress manually.
MAMP is an application for creating a personal web server on your local system. To start a local installation of WordPress, you need to download MAMP and WordPress. Here are the download links:
Step 1: Installing MAMP
After downloading MAMP, install it as any other application for Mac. Once MAMP is installed, open it and start the server to see if it works (located at /Applications/MAMP/MAMP.app)
Step 2: MAMP settings
The application offers several options for customization when you click Preferences button.
Click “Ports” to see default ports: 8888 for Apache, and 8889 for MySQL
Set MAMP ports to default.
Step 3: Launching MAMP and creating a Database
In MAMP click on Go to the main page, click on phpMyAdmin, then click Database - to create a new database. To understand the process, look at the screenshot:
sml_wp - is an example name to create a database, you can use anything, if you want. Just remember this name, because we need it to complete the WordPress configuration.
Step 4: Installing WordPress on your Mac
Now you need to unzip the WordPress file that you downloaded, go to the Finder in Applications → MAMP → htdocs and copy the files from the WordPress folder. So, as shown in the screenshot:
In htdocs folder rename wp-config-sample.php into wp-config.php and open it - you will need to enter data about the database and the user.
Open wp-config.php file and add following data:
- DB_NAME: the database you created, in our case: sml_wp
- DB_USER: root
- DB_PASSWORD: root
Here is a screenshot of our wp-config file after editing:
Now save the file. In your browser, type http: // localhost, you should see the WordPress installation window. Just give the site a name, administrator login and password, email address and click Install WordPress.
Success! Now local WordPress blog is installed on your Mac.