Manage Your Websites Locally With MAMP Pro
In my own experience setting up these environments, especially for multiple sites, has been a challenge to say the least. Usually it involved configuring my profile file and adding lines to my host file, not to mention a good deal of time messing with commands in Terminal. It took time, and sometimes I just couldn’t get it to work.
That is where MAMP Pro comes in. Before I continue, I will note that MAMP Pro is a paid version, and that there is also MAMP, which is free. MAMP Pro is worth the price ($30) for many reasons. It has a simple yet powerful GUI, I can set up a local environment in three clicks, and Pro allows the management of multiple environments simultaneously. Other features include: MySQL configuration, Apache modules, the ability to select between PHP 4 and 5, an email server so that dispatching emails by PHP scripts is possible, and dynamic DNS.
I’ve been using MAMP Pro for a couple of weeks now, and it has quickly become an invaluable tool in my web development toolkit. If you are on a Mac and you develop sites in the Apache environment I would highly recommend this application.
Requirements: Mac OSX 10.4 or later