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Christine Rincon
Christine Rincon
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Why can I not install WordPress using Mamp?

I'm trying to install WordPress on Mamp while following along this course:

I'm unable to move past the 2:50 mark on the video due to the error "The site is experiencing technical difficulties" on my side of things.

I'm able to set up the database name, user and password. But when I try to create the main user for WordPress, I keep getting the error. At the time of this issue, I tried to install WP 5.2 and also happened to have a 5.1.1 version I tried as well. Neither work. When I try to move forward despite this issue, it tells me that I appear to already have installed WordPress and if I want to start fresh, I can clear the tables in the database (which I've done multiple times). If I try to move forward with signing in with the user information I entered before the error, it tells me that the user is not valid.

Is there a way I can manually bypass this?

1 Answer

This might be a bit of a nonanswer, but not many developers are using MAMP any more. A lot of people have moved to Vagrant boxes like vvv and scotchbox. Packages like vvv and WPDistillery will install wordpress instances for you when you vagrant up, so you don't have to do it yourself. And if you decide you need to learn how to install these things, you can always play around with it after you understand how WordPress, SQL databases, and PHP work together on the server. You'll need to know git to clone these repositories and use them, but that's where the industry is at now. MacOS developers are working on Vagrant boxes, not on MAMP.