Oops – this one has apparently been lying around for quite a while. After getting a new laptop I remember doing all this work, but could not find the article anywhere because it just was still a draft version on this system. Although it probably needs a little updating (I have Mavericks on this Laptop), I thought it might be better to just get it out there.
This is the first of three articles detailing the steps needed to get a complete WordPress development environment up and running on a MacBook with the Leopard Operating System.
The Apache WebServer is already running when the MacBook is switched on. PHP is actually also preconfigured in Leopard, but need to be enabled before it is ready for use. Enabling is easy though – it is done by removing a comment sign in the
/etc/apache2/httpd.conf file, around line 114. The segment from this config file with comment sign, looks like this:
# LoadModule php5_module
After removing the comment sign (#) above, you will have to restart the apache server. This can be done from a terminal window, by issuing this command:
>sudo /usr/sbin/apachectl restart
Now, do not forget to enable sharing of the web server from preferences. when that is done, you can type in
http://localhost/index.html and the standard Apache page comes up nicely thereby confirming everything is working as planned. Promising :-)
See if PHP is working
terminal and go to the web server directory
/Library/WebServer/Documents and use your favorite editor to create your very first php file. Call the file
info.php, add the following content and save.
If you have done this correctly, you should now be able to type
http://localhost/info.php in your browser and you should see the PHP logo and a comprehensive list of PHP configuration information.
Setting up Virtual hosting
I would like to have all my websites hosted in the
sites directory and be able to access them easily from the browser. To get this going let’s start with creating three sub directories called
sonnal in the sites directory. Create an
index.php file just like the one you used above in each of these to give us something to check against when we are done…
In the ideal world it would be nice being able to type in
http://ltk in the browser to get access to each of these websites. Fortunately setting this up is really very simple if you know the procedure.
There are really just two steps involved in this. First of all, we need to configure the local
/etc/hosts file and add each of the sites with the
127.0.0.1 address. That will redirect request for e.g.
localhost instead of an unresolved name.
In this case I have added a couple of lines, and the file looks like:
## # Host Database # # localhost is used to configure the loopback interface # when the system is booting. Do not change this entry. ## 127.0.0.1 localhost # ----------------------- # my sub sites goes here # ----------------------- 127.0.0.1 brams 127.0.0.1 ltk 127.0.0.1 sonnal # ----------------------- 255.255.255.255 broadcasthost ::1 localhost fe80::1%lo0 localhost
Finally we need to configure is the Apache server. The Apache configuration file is located in
/etc/apache2/users and named
your_username.conf. Mine is
tbrams.conf and looked like this:
<Directory "/Users/tbrams/Sites/"> Options Indexes MultiViews AllowOverride None Order allow,deny Allow from all <Directory>
This is the standard settings where Apache is told not to allow serving web pages from the
sites directory. Because I want to run several sub sites in sub directories, I changed all this to:
<directory "/Users/tbrams/Sites/*/> Options Indexes MultiViews FollowSymLinks AllowOverride All Order allow,deny Allow from all <directory>
Now we should be able to serve web pages even in subsirectories from here. Then we need to add a virtual host entry for each of these. Add the following and save:
NameVirtualHost *:80 <virtualhost *:80> DocumentRoot /Users/tbrams/Sites/brams ServerName brams <virtualhost> <virtualhost *:80> DocumentRoot /Users/tbrams/Sites/ltk ServerName ltk <virtualhost> <virtualhost *:80> DocumentRoot /Users/tbrams/Sites/sonnal ServerName sonnal <virtualhost>
After saving the configuration file, reboot the Apache server from the terminal:
#sudo apachectl restart
Now, try it out by typing
http://sonnal in the browser. Your php file should display nicely in each of these cases.
What is next
Read about how to install and configure the MySQL database server in the next part of this article series.
Here is one article shedding some more light on using the build in php http://www.procata.com/blog/archives/2007/10/28/working-with-php-5-in-mac-os-x-105/