Installing wordpress on your new host

So you have your shiny new host, paid the bill, got your confirmation email and transferred your domain name. Now you want a content management system eah?

WordPress is one of the most popular content management systems. Mainly because it was one of the first available but also because it is open source and freely available to everyone. This freely available source code and the way the architecture of wordpress is arranged means that ordinary people with little to no experience of any coding can achieve wonderful things. There are plugins for everything and anything!

Installing wordpress couldn’t be easier. There are only really two ways to install wordpress that you need to be bothered with. The first is the ‘one click install’ method. This method relies on a little forward planning on your part. Choose a host that includes something called fantastico and a ‘one click wordpress installation’. The host will usually list this as one of its features.

Fantastico is something that is included in most, if not all, cpanel admin packages. It comes as part of your host and allows you to install things on the host without actually doing any of the legwork in the background.

Go to your cpanel and double click on the ‘Fantastico’ icon. This will take you to another page where you can choose what you wish to install. There are usually other packages such as Joomla and Drupal, both are also decent content management systems.

Click to install wordpress and follow the instructions on the screen. Its that simple.

Installing wordpress without ‘One click install’

If you don’t have the option of ‘one click install’ then don’t panic. You should note that wordpress prides itself on being easy to install, it still isn’t too difficult to install wordpress, you just need to perform a few more steps as follows:

  1. If you don’t already have one, set up a MySQL database that you can use for your WordPress installation. You will need to note down your login details for the database.
  2. Download the latest version of wordpress to your computer.
  3. Navigate to the folder that you downloaded wordpress to and open the wp-config.php file in a text editor and alter the database details as you noted down above.
  4. Upload the entire wordpress directory to your web server, if it is going to be your home page then upload to your route directory, if not then you can upload to a folder.
  5. Almost done! In a web browser of your choice (Firefox!) go to the following web address: http://www.mydomain.com/wp-admin/install.php. Obviously change the relevant bit for your domain name!

WordPress is an unbelievably simple and reliable content management system. Get stuck in its incredibly easy to install and even easier to use!

March 1st, 2011


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