Using WordPress in a local server environment is a must if you regularly test or develop themes and plugins.
Not only will your local sites run faster, but testing new features on your local machine will be safer than testing them on a live site.
Setting up WordPress locally isn’t difficult and will save you a lot of time if you’re constantly installing and uninstalling WordPress online.
In this tutorial I’ll walk you through how to set up MAMP on OS X, including installing MAMP, basic MAMP configuration, creating a MySQL database, and installing WordPress. I’ve included optional steps for setting up Multisite.