I know that MacOS X comes with its own Sites folder for testing web pages, but frankly, I can never remember how to set up a new database to install a temporary WordPress blog. So this time, I am setting up in a nice, free copy of MAMP and if I forget anything, I’ll just watch this screencast again.
The items I want to test go into the htdocs fplder inside the MAMP folder in my Applications. It comes with its own copy of phpMyAdmin, so that’s available to create a new database to feed to a new WordPress installation.
Here’s a YouTube movie about installing WordPress locally for use with MAMP.