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.
Most of the time we try to keep people in-house, and on this site, but occasionally we have to share some of the other fantastic bloggers out there that you may be missing. These two guys are both experts, successful in the world of technology, and offer fantastic perspective on a variety of tech topics.
- Minimally Minimal by Andrew Kim. Andrew Kim is a professional designer who has worked at various companies including Google, and Cisco. His design reimagination of Microsoft, conceived on his blog, was so good that they went out and hired him to join their design team. He’s a great photographer of minimalist designed technology, and his posts are really enjoyable.
- Robert Pera is the young billionaire founder and CEO of a technology company called UBiquiTi (actually spelled that way). As a former product designer at Apple, and successful entrepreneur, his comments on design, technology, and business are very insightful, and definately worth checking out.
I hope their blogs bring you hours of enjoyment as they’ve brought me, as I hope my own will do the same for you.
If you pay attention, you may remember this campaign against texting while driving from 2010. I’ve noticed a more disturbing trend: vlogging while driving. Vlogging, the increasingly popular video format where people document their whole lives, and the vanity of it all seems to blind people as to the dangers of their actions. People literally stare into a camera talking while driving. No way, right? You can see for yourself right here. Apparently this guy doesn’t have two minutes at any other time in his “busy, busy” life to fit in a 5 minute video. He really needs to take a look at his priorities.
Just how dangerous is distracted driving?
- In 2011, 3,300+ people in the US were killed in accidents related to distracted driving. In that same span, 12 people worldwide died of shark attacks. People fear sharks, but do they fear the distracted driver? No.
People in general tend to ignore direct threats. We have a blindness to statistics, a bias based solely on folklore. This is my PSA to everyone with a camera- Don’t vlog (or record video of any kind) while behind the wheel.
Not sure you’re a safe vlogger? Take the quiz now. If you pass, you’re safe enough to vlog.