I do all of my WordPress development locally, and typically deploy that to a staging server, or sometimes a live server, using Beanstalk’s SVN deployment feature.
I use a Mac for development, and MAMP Pro to run a localhost environment with multiple hosts (local.website1, localhost.website2, etc.).
Occasionally I need to upgrade or install WordPress plugins locally in order to test them before pushing things to the web. I seem to continuously run into issues with MAMP Pro and the WordPress upgrader. I’ve found a solution, which I’ve documented here for myself and anyone else having similar issues.
Changes in MAMP Pro
This first step involves making changes to MAMP Pro. The process I typically follow goes a little something like this:
- Open MAMP Pro and select the Host your currently using.
- Click the Permissions button
- Set Owner to your Mac username, for me it’s kevinleary
- Set Group to www
- Under permissions, check off Change for both Directory and File, and check off the boxes to the left for setting a
If you’re not sure what
CHMOD means, refer to the screenshot for a visual reference. You should probably learn this at some point if your doing professional development, it plays an important role in web security.
The second step in the process involves adding the following line to your
That’s it, you should now be able to upgrade WordPress core, install new plugins, and update plugins on your MAMP Pro localhost server.
About the Author
Kevin Leary is a web developer in Boston, MA specializing in enterprise website design and development, online marketing, and conversion optimization.