Step by Step WordPress Installation
Installing WordPress Blog to Your Web Host Account
Although the WordPress installation is much easier than most
people realize, you will save yourself a lot of frustration if you
take some time to prepare first.
If you can host multiple domains with your hosting company, I
recommend using a totally separate domain for your blog. At the
very least you will need a subdomain.
Verify that your web hosting company supports the following
- PHP version 4.2 or greater
- MySQL version version 4.0 or greater
- The Apache mod_rewrite module
You must also have an FTP program of some sort for uploading
your files. This will also allow us to change permission on files
I fully recommend using a hosting company that uses a Linux based
server. This may also be listed as Unix or Apache. I do not recommend
using a Windows based server.
If you are unsure of the server used by your hosting company,
you can determine this by doing a
header check of your domain. Insert the URL of your site
and click submit. The information returned will include the server
If your server does not support or provide the features you need
to effectively run your online business, you should seriously consider
moving to a reliable hosting company that will meet all of your
business needs both now, and in the future.
I personally use and fully recommend
1and1 Hosting Services. They also allow you to host multiple
domains in one account without increasing your hosting fees. Feel
contact me if you need help selecting the best hosting package
to meet your needs.
Getting Started with MySQL
Setup your MySQL database from within your control panel, or
in some cases you will need to contact your host to set it
up. SAVE the following information:
- Database Name
- User Name
- Host Name
Download and Configure WordPress
Download the WordPress directory from
wordpress.org to your desktop where you can easily find
it. The file will need to be unzipped in order to access the files.
Once you have downloaded and unzipped WordPress, we will
need to make a few changes BEFORE uploading the files.
Inside the WordPress folder is a file named wp-config-sample.
Change that file name to wp-config.
Open the same file that you just renamed. Within that file
you will see the following:
define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to
change this value
We will be changing some of this information to include your
data base information.
Insert Your MySQL Database Information
When you previously set up the MySQL database you would have
been provided with the following information:
- The name of the database
- The MySQL database username
- The password of the database
- The database host (in some cases)
We need to change the default information in the wp-config
to include your information. The following will cover those
changes line by line. Do not remove the single quotes.
// The name of the database
Change the highlighted area of the line above to the actual
name of your database that you were given when you set up the
// Your MySQL username
Change the highlighted area above to the username you were
given when you set up the database.
// ...and password
Change the highlighted area of the line above to the password
you were given when you set up the database.
// chance you won't need to change.
If you were given information for the database host, you will
likely need to change the highlighted area of the line above to
the data you were given when you set up the database. If you were
not given this information it is very likely you can leave this
set to localhost.
Once you have completed the above, SAVE the changes you have
Upload WordPress Files
Using your FTP program, upload all of the files from within the
WordPress folder. You will upload these files to the directory you
have previously selected for your blog. Only upload the files INSIDE
the WordPress folder. DO NOT upload the folder itself.
I personally use WS_FTP Pro. However, it is not a free program. If you need
an FTP program available at no cost, you may want to consider
Begin the WordPress Installation
To begin the WordPress installation, you will need to run the
WordPress installation script by accessing the wp-admin/install.php
file from your browser window.
In the address bar of your browser window, enter the URL of
the domain or subdomain where you uploaded the WordPress files to,
followed by: wp-admin/install.php
A new window will open. Click First Step >>
When you click the First Step link, another new window will open.
- Enter the name you have selected for your blog.
- Enter your email
address and double check it before continuing.
- Place a check in the box for I would like my blog to appear in search
engines like Google and Technorati. (This is important!)
- Click "Continue to Second Step".
Once you have followed the instructions on each new window, your
blog will be created automatically for you. Make sure to save the
user name and password provided.
That's it for the basic WordPress installation. You are ready
to log in!
For additional help, see
Getting Started with WordPress on the WordPress site. You
will find a wide range of articles answering frequently asked questions.
You are now ready to move on to the next tutorial. By default,
WordPress uses dynamic web URLs that may hinder some of your search
engine optimization efforts. This challenge can be easily overcome
Friendly WordPress URLs. These simple changes will help
you develop a blog that people will find in the search engines!
I WILL SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Texas Web Designer and SEO Training Specialist
Owner GNC Web Creations and Online Photography Magazine
Perfect Hosting Solution for Your WordPress Blog!
The way that some web hosting services are set up may make it more
challenging to install your new WordPress blog. Although 1and1 does have a nice
blog option that is based on WordPress, and can can be set up with the click of
a few buttons, I still prefer a full install of the program. This is still a
very simple process with 1and1. They make it easy for their users to decide how
much control they want, making it a hosting company that fits well with any
level of experience, from beginner to advanced. If you are looking for straight
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