Installing Joomla! 2.5.2 On Your Local Macintosh Using MAMP – CONSIDERATIONS

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Having just installed a LOCALLY working instance of Joomla 2.5.2 (then 2.5.1 to enable installation of the JCE Editor, then BACK to 2.5.3) on my MacBook (Snow Leopard 10.6.8). I stress again the point that EACH installation of the CMS only handles one mySQL database that contains the the Joomla program files AND all content files for THAT site.

Archiving Joomla extension packages in htdocs folder (Mamp) - image Russ Imrie

So you need to install Joomla again for EACH database – probably limited only by storage space. So you would have one joomla_x folder in your Mamp htdocs folder for EACH database – here’s two in mine…

Screenshot of htdocs folder with two joomla sites installed

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.

Installing Joomla! On Your Local Macintosh Using MAMP.

Installing the JCE editor doesn’t go well with Joomla 2.5.2...workaround and ultimately Joomla 2.5.3

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Russell Imrie is a Web Content Specialist, webmaster and an American Indian blogger living in the Washington DC area.

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