Even the most experienced of Web Designers can find using Word Press for the first time a little daunting. I know that when I first started using it I became a little confused by just what exactly Word Press is for and how it is used.
Here is a quick and easy guide to get started with Word Press – Part One. This part will guide you through the installation of Word Press on your domain name.
1. Domain and Hosting
Before you get started with downloading Word Press you will need a domain name and somewhere to host it. I use Dreamhost to buy my domains and host them. (Get $50 off a yearly Dreamhost package by clicking here).
2. MySQL and PHP
When you choose a hosting company make sure they support PHP and allow you to create MySQL databases. Some hosting companies charge you per MySQL database so try and steer clear from them. With Dreamhost you have unlimited MySQL databases so you can even have more than one blog if you wanted to!
3. Download Word Press
Go to the Word Press website (www.wordpress.org) and download the Word Press software. Unzip the files into an appropriate folder on your computer. I saved my copy into a folder called “Emz Design” when I initially downloaded it so I’d remember where it was and why it was there.
4. Change the wp-config.php file
There will be a file in the Word Press folder called wp-config-sample.php which you will need to edit. In this file there is a place for you to insert your database details. It will look something like this:
// ** MySQL settings ** //
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name’); // The name of the database
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘database_username’); // Your MySQL username
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘database_password’); // …and password
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // …and the server MySQL is running on
You will need to edit these as below:
‘database_name’ replace with the name of your database.
‘database_username’ replace with the username you use to access the database.
‘database_password’ replace with the password you specified when creating the database.
‘localhost’ can remain the same in most cases but if it doesn’t work specify the IP or hostname given to you by your hosting company.
You will now need to save this file in the same place you found it, but save it as wp-config.php.
5. Upload the files to your website.
Be careful when uploading the files to your website because depending on how you want to use Word Press you might upload it to the wrong place. Some people make the mistake of uploading the whole thing in the folder “wordpress”, which will upload to your domain as www.yourdomain.com/wordpress. This is a great way to do it if you want to have a separate blog from your site, although I’d recommend using a different name instead of “wordpress”, such as “articles”, “blogs” etc.
But, if you want your blog to be your main site, open the wordpress folder on your computer and upload all files in there to your domain. This should upload all files to www.yourdomain.com
6. Install Word Press!
All you need to do now is go to www.yourdomain.com and it will take you straight to installation. Provided you have specified the right database details in the wp-config.php file you should now see a page that asks you for the name of your blog, and your email address. Insert this information and you’re good to go!
Word Press will give you a generated password for you to login to your account. Please change this as soon as you login so you have a password that’s easily remembered.
Getting Started with Word Press – Part Two will be coming up in the next couple of weeks and will deal with creating and managing posts and pages.