create a local web server using MAMP
Today I set up a development environment on a Macintosh computer for building PHP web applications with Adobe Dreamweaver and a MySQL database server (MAMP).
MAMP is a collection of things, it contains Apache web server and MySQL database server and supports PHP. That’s what is called a “stack.”
Now that I have my environment set up. I can develop and test my wordpress site with dreamweaver while hosting it through a local server.
This article offers more detailed information on the above and I found it very helpful.