So you have decided to make the leap in having your own blogging site. You may want this site to talk about your business, to post personal writing and photos, or to share important information with internet users.
After much research about blog platforms, you’ve decided to use WordPress on your blog because you like their templates and tools in creating a custom page. WordPress is an open source language that allows you to download and install its script on a web hosting site.
With only 5 simple steps, you can install WordPress and have it running in less than ten minutes on your blog. Just make sure you have all the minimum requirements for installing it.
- File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client
- Text Editor
- Web Browser
- Access to your web serverCheck your web server host to make sure it is running the latest database version of MySQL platform. You can send a simple letter to your web host asking whether your web account meets the minimum requirements. If your web host is running a later version, such as MySQL 4.1.2, you can run the later version of WordPress 3.2.
Step 1: Downloading WordPress
You’ll need to download the WordPress package files onto your computer. Once all the files are downloaded, unzip the file onto your hard drive. Once the download is complete, upload all these files to your web server’s root directory using your FTP program. The root directory should say “public” and “html.”
Step 2: Creating A MySQL Username
Log into your hosting control panel (cPanel) under the URL of the website (www.your website.com/cpanel). In the Databases menu, click on the “MySQL Databases” icon.
In the Username panel, decide on a username that is seven characters maximum length. Create a strong password, using a mixture of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, and characters. (Write down your username and password and keep it in a safe place).
Double-click on the “Create User” button.
Step 3: Creating a Database Name
Return to the MySQL Database menu. Write down the username and password found on this page. Enter the “MySQL Database Creation” section.
Make a name for your database and click on the “Create Database” button. Return to the MySQL Database menu. Enter the “Add User to Database” page and select the username and database you just created from the list in the drop-down menu.
Double-click on the “Add” button. You will be taken to the “MySQL Maintenance” page. Choose “All Privileges” and click on the “Make Changes” button. Again, return the the MySQL Database page.
Write down the database name and the username exactly as it appears on the page. Sometimes, the program will add a prefix to both names. You will need these names later on for the final installation process.
Step 4: File Configuration
You are almost ready to fully install your WordPress onto your blog. Go onto your hard drive and access the place where you had unzipped the WordPress package files.
Locate the file named, “wp-config-sample.php.” Right click on the file and choose the “Rename” function in the menu. Rename this file as, “wp-config.php.” Open the file in your text editor.
You will see a bunch of text fields on the page. Scroll down to the section titled, “MySQL Settings.” You will be updating three fields in this section: the database name, username, and username password. Move down until you see the following fields:
Add your database name, username, and password after each word. It should look like the following fields.
‘DB_Name,’ ‘chosen database name’
‘DB_User,’ ‘chosen username’
‘DB_Password,’ ‘chosen password’
You do not need to change anything else in the fields. Only add this information. Save the information and upload the file to your root directory.
5: Run the WordPress File
You are now ready to install the WordPress software on your site. Enter the following URL in your web browser, “http://your web site.com/wp-admin/install.php” and follow the directions on the installation wizard.
Enjoying Your New WordPress Site
By following this 5 step process, you now have WordPress blogging software uploaded and installed on your site. All that is left for you to do is to perform the template customization.
Experiment with different themes until the web page has the professional and fun look you want. You can also browse through the different plugins and features to make your WordPress blogging platform easier to work with.
Remember, WordPress is an open source language program. This means, if you have the knowledge of working with source code fields, you can modify the WordPress code in any way you please until it meets your particular needs.
Have fun with your new blogging platform as you promote your business or get in touch with family and friends.
Author Bio:- Todd Lam writes for CableTV.com. He is from Salt Lake City and his hobbies are watching TV and being a tech geek.