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Hi! I'm Dustin

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As I’m building a website for a customer, I want to develop their site as quickly and efficiently as I can, because the faster I complete it, the faster I can get to the next paying project.

I have found that if I develop a website locally on my mac, it saves me a ton of time, because I never have to wait for a file to be uploaded to a server. As soon as I save the file, I can refresh on my computer and I can see the modifications. There are many more benefits to run WordPress locally.

Today I have a video that shows you exactly how to set up MAMP on your computer to run your development sites on your computer.

This is also great if you want to work on a website when you know you’ll be offline, like flying or at the beach. You can be set up in less than 10 minutes and I think you will enjoy the flexibility you have for developing locally.

Published on: 28 Sep | Video | 12 responses| Tags:

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bj_lee_
bj_lee_

I created a database but it didn't show up in my Sites folder.  What may I be doing wrong?

Frank Lipski
Frank Lipski

Dustin, great tip and video! This makes trying new features and graphics so much easier. Do you have a video or resource that will show how to migrate this to a live web based WP site?

Brian Wallace
Brian Wallace

Dustin, great video.  I found WAMP for PC that looks very similar.  My question is about this video part 2.  Once you have finished building the site what files do you upload.  I am currently running thesis and with thesis 2.0 I thought I would try and build my site locally and then upload the whole thing rather than slowly building it in front of my visitors.

dhartzler10
dhartzler10 moderator

@bj_lee_ you won't see the database in your Sites folder. The only way to access the database will be through your MAMP start page. (Open up MAMP and click on 'Open start page')

dhartzler10
dhartzler10 moderator

 @Brian Wallace When you are ready to upload, I normally sort my files by last edit date and update all of the most recently uploaded files from themes / plugins / uploads. You would only have to upload images in current month folder, ie 2012/10. Make sense?

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dhartzler10
dhartzler10 moderator

 @ultgames You don't have to put WordPress into a file called wordpress. I actually put mine in an html folder and I have other related content in the YWE or BNI folder like photoshop images / messages from clients, etc.

Frank Lipski
Frank Lipski

@dhartzler10 @flipski great stuff Dustin. Keep up the awesome work!

Brian Wallace
Brian Wallace

 @dhartzler10  @Brian Wallace Sort of...I'm new at this so I think maybe I'll ask again when I get there.  Or better yet after my local site is built I'll higher you to teach me how to do it :)