Installing a Mac OSX Web ServerInstalling an Apple Mac OSX development environment is fairly easy to do, just follow each of these steps in order.
Step 1 - Installing a Web Server
Installing Personal Web Sharing
This is the built in personal web server that comes with MacOSX. It is based on Apache 1.3.
Step 2 - Installing PHPThe PHP can be downloaded here: www.entropy.ch/software/macosx/php/. This page also includes instructions on installation.
Step 3 - Installing mySQLThis can be downloaded from www.mysql.com.
Step 4 - Installing Administration Tools
Both tools have their benefits, however phpMyAdmin may be more familiar to a lot of people as it is the administration tool of choice for a lot of IT professionals and hosting providers.
phpMyAdminThe software can be downloaded from www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/downloads.php. The best file to download for beginners wanting a UK version 'english.zip'. However the other versions are just as good, they are just packaged differently.
mySQL Tools (Optional)The software can be downloaded from dev.mysql.com/downloads/gui-tools/5.0.html.
Step 5 - What can I now do?After installing these packages, you can now emulate the same environment as a webserver hosting your website on the internet. Pages are displayed just as they would on the internet.
You can reference your website by using 'http://localhost/' (or 'http://localhost/~you_name/') in your web browser, and 'upload' files to a folder on your own hard drive. This makes editing your website files as easy as clicking on save, then refreshing your browser.
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