Webmaster, bloggers, and designers often need to work on wordpress design on a test site before sending something over to a live site, but most solutions for getting wordpress installs onto a mac involve complex virtual servers, and manual uploading and setup. There’s an easier way. Here’s how to set up a fully manipulable test install of WordPress on a mac in only five clicks.
Instructions for Installing WordPress On Mountain Lion
- Open up the Mac App Store.
- Search for “BitNamiStackWordpress”.
- Install the free app of the same name, and launch it.
- The app will do all the heavy lifting for you.
- In the app, go to the “manage servers” tab, and click “start all”. This will start up your new virtual server, and may take a minute.
- Go back to the welcome tab.
- Click “Visit Application”.
- Click “Access Bitnami WordPress Stack” on the web page that the last button has taken you to.
- Welcome to your new wordpress site. This is a fully functional wordpress, built for testing on your server. To get advanced with your skills, pick up a copy of wordpress for dummies.
How it Works
The app uses a variety of automated processes to set up a virtual server on your hard drive, and then installs open-source software like WordPress and PHP-MyAdmin for you, giving you full database control, and easy access to wordpress straight from your mac computer.
The 50 billionth app downloaded on iOS (I wonder how they keep track) was downloaded by Brandon Ashmore of Mentor, Ohio. He’ll be walking away with a $10,000 itunes giftcard for his troubles (not shabby). Ashmore downloaded “Say the Same Thing”, a word game created by internet-famous band, OKGO (Remember the guys who did the music video on treadmills). They happen to have made two of my favorite videos on Youtube, so to celebrate Brandon’s win, I’ve posted them below. Enjoy. More details on the contest.
Apple’s iOS, just a year after hitting the 25 billion download mark, has hit the 50 billion app download mark. Absurd. Android, their main competitor, lags behind by about 2 billion downloads, according to numbers released today. The winners (all 51) haven’t been announced yet, but they’re in for some sweet prizes. It’s always interesting seeing what the winner downloaded.