I just installed a LOCALLY working instance of Joomla 2.5.2 on my MacBook (Snow Leopard 10.6.8). Important is that you get that EACH installation of the CMS only handles one mySQL database and that contains the program AND content files for a website. So first you create a new (empty) database in your local Apache machine (I use free MAMP to set that up), set privileges with login and password you will need for Joomla to use in the installation. One Joomla site-one database. Joomla will install all the stuff it needs in there, along with a sample site or two. So you would have one joomla_x folder in your Apache htdocs folder for EACH database – here’s two in mine…
The Apache install that is optionally available with the Mac OS handles mySQL, Joomla, WordPress, email, and any other number of open-source applications. So you get Joomla running locally and you can scale that knowledge out into the world with its millions of Apache servers.
The MAMP system turns the servers on and off and also gives you easy access to phpMyAdmin – an important server configuration tool. There is also a widget around out there available to quickly switch the server on/off – pretty convenient. You need to turn on the servers with MAMP everytime you intend to work using Joomla.
Here’s a good step-by-step helper for the setp. It’s really for Joomla 1.5 but works even better with 2.5.
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