“Unleash the Power of WordPress: Running it Locally on Your Mac Made Easy!”

Perplexing and Bursty Guide to Running WordPress Locally on Your Mac

Before Starting

Are you ready to dive into the world of local WordPress development on your very own Mac? Well, before we get started, you’ll need to make sure a few things are set up.

  • Download and install MAMP from their website to run WordPress.
  • Ensure PHP and MySQL are installed. If you’re unsure, type “php -v” and “mysql -v” in the terminal.

Setting Up Your MAMP Environment

Now that you’re set up with MAMP, let’s work on the environment to run WordPress locally. Here’s how:

  1. Start the MAMP server by opening the program.
  2. Head to Preferences and select the Web Server tab.
  3. Choose the document root directory where your WordPress files will live.
  4. Go to the PHP tab and select PHP 5.6 or later which is required for WordPress.
  5. Lastly, set a root user password for MySQL which you will need later.

Downloading and Installing WordPress

Alright, now that you’re environment is set up, it’s time to get WordPress installed locally. Check it out:

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress from their website.
  2. Extract the file and move the folder to the document root directory.
  3. Rename the folder to something memorable like “mysite”.
  4. Open your browser and navigate to http://localhost:8888/mysite/ which takes you to the installation page.
  5. Select your language and follow the prompts entering your database information when prompted. Use “root” for the username and the root user password you created in the MAMP preferences.
  6. Click “Install WordPress” and you’re done!
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Using WordPress Locally

So, now that you’ve installed WordPress locally on your Mac, what next? Here are some ideas:

  • Download and install themes and plugins just like you would on a live site.
  • Customize your site by changing settings and appearance in the WordPress dashboard.
  • Test new functionality and design changes on your local site before pushing them to a live server.


By following the perplexing and bursty steps outlined in this guide, you’re ready to start your local WordPress development experience on your Mac. Have fun experimenting with themes, plugins, and configurations without impacting your live site!

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