If you’ve been a WordPress developer long enough, you might see the value in creating your website locally. You can avoid expensive hosting fees during development, especially if you plan to develop multiple sites at once. Developing locally with MAMP Pro is a popular way to build websites – allowing a private environment to tweak your design and functionality before showing it to the world. Managed service providers are also aware of this trend.

In this article, we’ll tell you why using MAMP Pro (instead of its free version) can make it easier for you to use your local environment. We’ll walk you through all the features of MAMP Pro and show you how to use it.

What is MAMP Pro?

MAMP is a solution stack or software stack including MacOS, Apache, MySQL and PHP for creating a complete software platform for building WordPress websites. Originally, MAMP only supported Mac OS (hence the first “M” in MAMP), but it is now available for Mac OS and Windows operating systems (with some limited functionality for Windows users). It is most widely used to develop WordPress sites, but also has the ability to build other CMS sites such as Drupal and Joomla.

MAMP has been in use for over a decade, allowing developers to build websites on their local machines. With the release of MAMP Pro 6, they have improved the functionality of MAMP Pro, giving users more incentive to buy the $99 upgrade.

What is the difference between MAMP and MAMP Pro?

Hands down, it’s function. With MAMP, you can create localhost on Apache or Nginx, which is great, but you have to manually go through every step of the setup — from installing WordPress to editing configuration files. With MAMP Pro, it’s just a few clicks away. You don’t need to create a database in PHPmyAdmin, or manually install WordPress files. Plus, you’ll get the pro version’s numerous features that might convince you to upgrade.

Features of MAMP Pro

MAMP Pro offers an incredible list of features that the free version doesn’t have. Clone hosting, improved WordPress support, snapshots, and blueprints are among the many amazing new features the latest release offers. Also includes code editing capabilities, FTP for live push local site, email setup, cloud storage and site migration. They even offer a MAMP Viewer app that allows you to test local sites on iOS or Android mobile devices. Let’s dive into the features to show you the power of its $99 plan.

Install WordPress multiple times

With the pro version, you can publish as many articles as you want. Each host can be configured to your liking, using different web servers. For example, you can install one WordPress on Apache and another on Nginx. With the ability to run multiple versions of PHP, you can have one site on 7.4 and another on 8.0.

SSL certificate

In the free version of MAMP, it is not possible to have an SSL certificate without editing the configuration files. That’s fine if you have experience with this sort of thing, but beginners might find it daunting. Fortunately, MAMP Pro can create an SSL certificate by simply ticking the checkbox. Also, web browsers don’t hesitate. You don’t have to worry about getting any SSL error warnings. We’ll take a deeper look at how to install an SSL certificate as we go through the steps to set up a new host.

site blueprint

Similar to what some hosting providers offer, Blueprints allow you to set up your WordPress installation the way you like and then reuse it in other builds. This allows you to save time on a new site with a dedicated setup process. Theme, plugin and customizer settings are all saved, allowing you to skip these details on every new website you create.

cloud storage

You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to store the files on your local computer. MAMP Pro allows you to store files in the cloud via Dropbox or OneDrive. You can store one or all of your hosts in the cloud. This is a great way to prevent you from accidentally deleting your project files, and allows you to work on sites on different computers. Setting up cloud functions is an easy process.

Navigate to the Cloud tab. Using the cloud provider drop-down menu, select your storage option. A new browser tab will open asking you to log in. Once linked, choose whether to use encryption or prevent sleep during cloud activity. Next, click the choose button to tell MAMP where to save the cloud logs. Finally, click the save button.

Mail server with MailHog

MailHog is a great tool that allows PHP mail() email testing. The SMTP port will be automatically assigned to you to avoid port conflicts. You can also view your email logs using their GUI web interface to verify that emails were sent and received correctly. This handy setup will allow you to resolve any issues that may arise before launching your site.

To set up an email test, click the MailHog tab. Next, check the Include MailHog server in GroupStart checkbox. Choose whether to store emails permanently, and simulate errors. Finally, save your settings.

Built-in code editor

If you need to make changes to a file, you don’t need to leave the interface. You can make code changes on the fly using MAMP Pro’s built-in code editing capabilities. Additionally, you can change the editor’s appearance by modifying the colors and fonts. Finally, if you already have your own favorites, you can choose your own default apps for text, images, PDFs, and videos.

snapshot

Snapshots work a bit like backups, except that you can take images of the host at any point during development and save them on the fly. This comes in handy if you’ve just finished a lengthy coding session and want to save your progress. You can also share snapshots with team members when you need help identifying issues, as snapshots are not tied to a specific MAMP Pro installation.

To take a snapshot, navigate to the hosts tab. Right-click the host for which you want to take a snapshot and select create snapshot.

A dialog will appear letting you know that the creation may take some time. Click OK to confirm.

Another dialog will appear. You will name the snapshot, assign a label (if you choose), choose a location to save the snapshot, and click the Save button.

Clone a host in MAMP Pro

As WordPress developers, we know that sometimes things can go wrong. Implementing new plugins, code or themes can break your website – especially when you least expect it. With cloning, you can duplicate your site and test an unlimited number of variables to determine what happens when you want to implement multiple text changes on your site.

Cloning in MAMP Pro is an easy task. First navigate to hosts. Next, right-click on the host you want to clone. Click clone host.

Next, you’ll name the clone site, then Choose where you want to create the directory. It’s best to create a folder in your root host folder to store your files. Dumping the site’s files directly to the root folder can cause problems. Finally, click the clone host button.

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