Welcome to Altoplace, the home of George’s blog.

Welcome to Altoplace. This is my place for sharing my technology and life interests as I learn how to create websites. This is a hobby for me, but I do hope that you find useful information. I like saving “notes” about what I have learned. Then I can refer back to them as needed. My site is powered by Hugo, the Zen theme, and Pair Networks.
This post is going to describe how to switch from the zsh shell to the bash shell when using recent versions of macOS. I am using Homebrew to install the latest bash version. You should be familiar with using the macOS Terminal command line.
How to install WordPress on macOS, using a local website development environment (MAMP). I have been creating a Website Development Environment on my Mac, which is currently running macOS Big Sur. I have added a MAMP (LAMP when running on Linux) stack to support various website development tools, such as WordPress. I include references for how to install a MAMP stack.
How to create a local website development environment on a Mac. I have chosen Homebrew to install most of the software that I am using. This post is just about Apache and PHP; I wrote about MySQL in a separate post. This post also describes how to set up the Apache event module, which is the default for Linux.
I am going to show you a few twists and turns for using SSH to log into a Linux server from macOS. I like having shell access to my web host, which is one of the great features that Pair offers. In addition to SSH, you can also use SFTP to transfer files.
This post describes how I configured Postfix on my Mac to relay outbound email via Google’s SMTP service. I am creating a local website development environment where PHP applications may generate email messages for contact forms or notifications. This post is for those who are developers and are familiar with using the command line in a Linux-like environment.
How to install and use MySQL with a Mac website development environment. This is a followup post to my earlier Configure Apache and PHP-FPM on macOS post. With the addition of MySQL to my Mac website development environment, I can now install Content Management Systems, such as WordPress that require a database system to function.