Since I had to figure out some basics about local server development on my Mac, I really recommend these tools:
- MAMP – Apache and MySQL Server
- Virtual Host X – Create up to 3 virtual host with the free version.
In other words: This provides an easy to use GUI which enables you to forward an local URL like “http://myProject.local” to your workspace directory.
But one thing sucks: You have to set read/write access (in finder) for everyone. I wonder if that might cause system security problems?
And I strongly recommend to read this nice tutorial about setting up virtual hosts manually: http://www.sawmac.com/mamp/virtualhosts/