Step 1 : Connecting with your server.
This post deals with a WordPress installation on a local server. As mentioned before, the next post will deal with how to do it on a remote server provided by your ISP.
If you’re working on a Mac, chances are that you will have installed MAMP. So fire it up by double-clicking on the MAMP icon in your Applications folder.
You’ll have to provide an administrator login to proceed.
Start up your WAMP or XAMPP server by double-clicking on the icon.
In both systems, you’ll be able to check whether the servers are running by typing http://localhost into a browser URL.
If you get a ‘page not found’ or similar, the server may not be running.
However, there’s a small twist – sometimes these local servers run off a particular port number, so you may need to type in http://localhost:8888.
Check your server installation manual for details.
To change the port number on a Mac, open MAMP control panel, click Preferences and set the ports to the following values (Apache : 80, MySQL:3306). By the way, MAMP usually defaults to (Apache : 8888, MySQL:8889)
This will allow you to just use http://localhost without the extra port info at the end of the URL.
On Windows / WAMP, click on the WAMP server icon and from the menu under Config Files select httpd.conf. A long text file will open up in notepad. In this file scroll down to the line that reads Listen 8080 (or another value) and change this to read Listen 80,.
Save the file and close notepad. Once again click on the wamp server icon and select restart all services.
Alternatively, if you’re on Windows/XAMPP, open C:\xampp\apache\conf\httpd.conf and change the same line to Listen 80.
Be aware that if you’re using IIS at the same time, you’re likely to have a conflict. So use another port number like 8080.
Your URL would then be http://localhost:8080.