Hobo is the Best Way to Use Vagrant on Your Mac

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hi, everyone. Today I'd love the chance to tell you about our newest app, which we're launching today. It's called Hobo.

Simply put, Hobo is the best way to use Vagrant on your Mac.

Some of you may be asking "What's Vagrant?" Well, Vagrant is a free tool that lets you quickly, easily, and consistently create virtual machines on your Mac, so you can develop locally without needing a real web server to test with.

For web developers like you, that means you can have a real copy of your web server running live on your Mac. You'll know absolutely for sure that whatever works locally in your virtual machine, will work the exact same way when you upload your code or designs to your real web server.

But even better than that, it means that you no longer have to depend on MAMP for your local development. You no longer have to worry that if you install Apple's latest update, it will break your web server. Since everything is contained inside a virtual machine, it all just works.

While Vagrant is pretty simple for a technical person to setup, I'm not going to lie and say it's easy - especially not for a designer or anyone else not comfortable with a Terminal window.

And that's where Hobo fits in.

Like VirtualHostX, Hobo is a friendly app that sits on top of all of the complexities that you may not understand or simply not want to fool with. With Hobo, you can quickly create a new virtual machine with just a few clicks and never have to touch the command line.

But here's why I really think Hobo is a game changer...

Say you're the development manager at a small company. You've got five developers and three designers working for you building websites. You have two goals:

  1. 1. You want to be sure that the code the developers write will work the same way for them as when it goes live on your server.
  2. 2. You want to make it easy for your non-technical designers to get up and running so they can test their designs, whether that's just plain HTML or a full WordPress theme.

With Hobo, you can create a .hobo file, which contains all of your development environments settings. Then, give that .hobo file to a designer. With literally two clicks they can have the exact same environment up and running on their Mac with absolutely nothing to configure and nothing that can go wrong.

Want to see for yourself?

Watch the video below where I show how a designer can get WordPress up and running on their Mac with just two clicks. It's only two minutes long, and it will give you a great idea of how Hobo works.

Here at Click On Tyler, we're 100% comitted to continuing to build and improve VirtualHostX. But we also see the writing on the wall and truly believe that developing locally with a virtual machine is the way of the future. Soon, fumbling around with MAMP or dealing with Apple's latest update will be a thing of the past. We've designed and built Hobo to make that transition to a better way of working as easy as possible.

So, that's our sales pitch for Hobo. I really appreciate you reading this far. If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out. We're always happy to help.

You can find out more about Hobo, see it's feature list, and watch more screencasts by visiting the Hobo website.