I am using a Macbook (not that it should make a difference)
I have installed MAMP - working I have installed Joomla and can see my first website.
I want to develop two websites, one for our own small business and another for an environmental issue I am collecting information for.
Anyway - until I am at the hosting stage, I want to develop these websites 'off line' ie local host on my own computer.
I have read something about two folders in the 'htdocs' folder in the MAMP folder and something about telling Apache how to differentiate between the two folders but do not really understand how to make it work.
Anyone who replies - help very much appreciated but please make it simple as I do not really understand the whole Apache/ MySQL thing very well.
I'm not a Mac user... I'm sure someone else can chip in or we can split the question and ask in the Mac forum.
The first step is to have 2 domain names point internally to your local server, I typically use the live domain and replace the dots with underscores, i.e. www_webmasterworld_com so you can see your 'live' and 'local' versions easily.
On windows, the 'hosts' file to edit is /windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts On linux type systems (I assume for all) it is /etc/hosts A quick Google suggests that the Mac one is located here (note that it may not be located here) /private/etc/hosts
You would want to add something like
127.0.0.1 site1_com 127.0.0.1 site2_com
In regards to Apache, you would edit your http.conf /apache2.conf file to add something like this