How to install a Joomla! website on macOS Catalina
So - Catalina has been out for a few days now and is acting normally (or as normally as a radically different macOS would do).
Next job on the to-do list was to install Joomla! a bit of hit (and mostly miss) and I have my web site up and running - must be - you're reading this ;-)
First thing is to download all the app's, util's and installers you'll need (my quick and dirty no-waffel instructions).
BBEdit (for editing the HTML config file)
Sequel Pro (for setting up the MariaDB database)
Akeeba Kickstart Core (for restoring your Joomla! .jpa backup)
Crack up your favourite web browser and install Homebrew (follow the prompts)
Install MariaDB using the terminal command brew install mariadb (follow the prompts)
Start MariaBD by using the terminal command brew services start mariadb
Configure the database by using the terminal command sudo mysql_secure_installation (enter a root password when prompted)
Edit (with BBEdit) the following file /etc/apache2/httpd.conf
Find the line #LoadModule php7_module libexec/apache2/libphp7.so (should be line 186) and remove the leading # and save the file
Use the terminal command sudo apachectl start to start Apache
To be safe - restart your Mac
Now the fun stuff:
Remove all the files in /Library/WebServer/Documents
Copy your .jpa backup file and the kickstart.php files into /Library/WebServer/Documents
Note: if you're installing a fresh Joomla! site then download the zip file from Joomla! and copy the contents into the /Library/WebServer/Documents folder
Change the permissions on /Library/WebServer/Documents to read/right for all users - remember to propagate permissions
Open a web browser and enter your.url.goes.here/kickstart.php (I think localhost should work)
Follow the prompts! And with a bit of luck you'll have a fully working Joomla! website up and running!