You might want to install Automad first on your local Mac or Windows computer to get familiar with the system or start developing your site. Like any other CMS, Automad requires a webserver to be running. The easiest way to achive this, is to install a complete webserver package on your computer - for example XAMPP. The following steps will guide you through that process.
- Go to the XAMPP website, download the right package for your operating system and start the installer. There should be also a video tutorial on the XAMPP landing page which visualizes the whole process.
- Make sure that the GD PHP extension is enable and working properly by following these steps precisely:
- Open the XAMPP control panel
- Click on the Config button for Apache and open the
- In the
;at the beginning) and remove the
;in order to enable the extension
- Save and close the file
- Start Apache using the
After successfully installing and starting your new webserver, navigate to the document root folder called
htdocs. On Windows computers it is normally located at
While on a Mac, it can be found here
Create a new directory for your website, for example
- Download Automad and extract the
.zipfile in the directory you created in the step before
- In case you have a Mac, you will have to recursively set the correct permissions for your
my-sitedirectory. Take a look at this Stack Overflow post for detailed instructions
- Navigate to
http://localhost/my-sitein your browser to verify that the installation is working
- Naviagte to
http://localhost/my-site/dashboardto create an user account
When your test phase is over you simply have to copy your Automad installation over to your webspace to get your site online.