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.
While the future of Hostgator and me is uncertain thanks to a block in place on a Wifi network I frequently use, which has been causing me trouble, I must say that their customer support is (mostly) fantastic, and that’s the only thing that has kept me with them in these first few days and weeks.
Support is a key factor when I buy hosting, because issues happen (to the tune of 1-2 a month on this site). Unless you’re a maniac-smart tech genius, you’re going to want good support too for your site. A lot of smaller companies don’t offer phone support, and some don’t even offer chat support. This means that you’ll have to resolve all your problems over email, which witha 1 hour response time can take days, instead of minutes. Other companies only offer customer support by phone during regular business hours. Some (I’m looking at you Dreamhost) even charge for support.
Needless to say, I feel like many hosting companies overlook this important asset- customer service that is. That’s where Hostgator differentiates itself.
Hostgator has the best support system I’ve seen out of the five hosts I’ve tried, and the many I’ve looked at. First of all, they have 24/7 free American phone support, with a decent wait time (usually around 6 minutes) and NO robotic menus (Godaddy has about 3 minutes worth of them). They also have email support, and live chats (which had a slower-than-expected response time and didn’t really thrill me.
They don’t stop their either. I was pretty ticked off about my long chat wait time, and I was about to cancel my account on day two, when I received this email:
My name is Sheila, I have been assigned to your account as your designated account manager. I called today, but was unable to reach you. I wanted to introduce myself and touch base with you regarding your plan, theres a few things I wanted to discuss.
Additionally I’m here for your convenience, to help anyway I can to make your website plans run smooth and complete. ‘Your Success Is Our Business’
You can reach me at [redacted]. I’m really looking forward to your call.
Thanks for choosing HostGator and have a great day!
I also received a phone call from Sheila. When I called in, and entered my extension, I was talking to Sheila within a minute. It’s really nice that Hostgator allows customers to build a rapport with their agents, and gives them a direct line of access. Where on a busy day at Godaddy I could wait 20 minutes to talk to a human, Sheila was right there talking to me. Personal touches really do make a difference
I don’t know much about the quality of Hostgator Hosting, nor did I then, but this customer service has convinced me to stay on long enough to give them a shot. Kudos to Sheila and everyone at Hostgator for bringing a personable touch to the automated regular support of hosting.
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.