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How to setup WordPress on your Mac

If you want to use WordPress as a blogging software and you’re a Mac user, you can actually try it out first on your Mac by installing it. Most of the things needed to using WordPress on your Mac comes already pre-installed (as of OS X Mavericks) and you just need to enable them.

Of course there are other reasons you might want to have WordPress installed locally on your Mac. I, for instance, use my locally installed WordPress for software development.

You’ll find below a procedure/checklist of how to install WordPress on your Mac. Each item on the checklist is linked to a blog post, once I’ve written about it, that describes the procedure on how to install WordPress on OS X Mavericks.

Things needed to be able to run WordPress on your Mac running OS X Mavericks:

  • FTP Server – Ftp server software already comes pre-installed on OS X Mavericks. It’s just a matter of being able to enable the software on the Mac. Enabling the FTP Server on OS X Mavericks describes how to perform the procedure.
  • Web Server – OS X Mavericks comes with the Apache web server installed. Read the procedure for enabling and setting up Apache on OS X Mavericks.
  • PHP – An open source software for creating web server applications, PHP also comes pre-installed on OS X Mavericks. WordPress needs PHP to function properly. Here’s How to enable PHP on OS X Mavericks.
  • MySQL – For WordPress to function, it needs a database software where it can store the posts, pages and other information created in WordPress. MySQL is the most popular database software that is used with WordPress. OS X Mavericks doesn’t come with MySQL pre-installed. Getting and installing MySQL on OS X Mavericks.

Now that the bits and pieces needed to run WordPress on the Mac (OS X Mavericks) has been done, we can now install a local copy of WordPress on the Mac.

  • The basics of running WordPress on a Mac running OS X Mavericks
  • Downloading and installing WordPress on OS X Mavericks
  • Basic configuration tips for WordPress
  • Downloading and activating WordPress themes
  • Installing WordPress plugins

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