Getting started is easy. You can download the latest version from here. Unzip the app and move it into your Mac's
The first time you launch VirtualHostX, you'll be greeted with the Welcome Screen as shown here:
Follow the two steps to install the software.
Clicking the "arrow" button next to "Step 1" will download and begin the installation process of the helper software VirtualHostX uses to run a web server on your Mac. Two free pieces of software will be installed for you:
1. VirtualBox is a free, open-source application that allows you to run "virtual machines" inside your Mac. A virtual machine is totally separate computer running inside your real computer.
2. Vagrant is another open-source piece of software that allows us to easily control VirtualBox and tell it what to do.
Note: During the installation process, you will be asked to grant your permission to install a System Extenion, also known as a kernel extension or "kext". This allows the app to hook into the lowest levels of macOS and do the magic necessary to run virtual machines on your system.
Because kernel extensions have such deep access into your Mac's system, you have to make sure you're only installing them from trustworthy developers. To help with this, in recent verisons of macOS (beginning with High Sierra), Apple requires you to explicitly approve new kexts before they can run.
To give your permission, you need to click the "Allow" button in the System Preferences window that appears during the installation.
After the software finishes installing, return to the Welcome Screen and click the next arrow button to begin Step 2. This will begin downloading and creating your virtual machine. This step may take a few minutes and only needs to be done once.
During this step, VirtualHostX will automatically download and install a real Ubuntu Linux operating system inside your Mac in its own virtual machine. Ubuntu is the same type of operating system used on millions of web servers around the world. It's an ideal choice to run on your Mac because you can be certain that that websites you test locally with it on your Mac will work and behave the same way when you upload them to your real web server for the world to see.
After you've completed the two steps on the Welcome Screen, the main VirtualHostX window will appear as shown below:
Yay! You are now ready to create your first website.
If you would like to see all of the above steps as they actually happen, take a look at this video. It's 2 minutes long and shows the entire process from beginning to end.
Like many typical Mac apps, the VirtualHostX Main Window has two primary areas. On the left side is the sidebar, which contains a list of the websites you create. Clicking on a website will select it and display its details on the right side of the window.
Let's create your first website.
drupal. You can choose whatever makes sense to you.
Here is a screenshot of VirtualHostX with an example website setup:
In that screenshot, you can see that we have created a new website called "bobs-widget-company". Once the app has finished saving your changes (the status bar at the top of the window will tell you), you can click the "Local URL" link to open your website.
That's it. You're done! You've successfully setup and created your first local website with VirtualHostX. You can create as many websites as you like - each one with a different domain name pointing to any folder on your Mac.
If you'd like to see the process from start to finish - including how you can install WordPress automatically - watch this video:
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