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How to install WordPress?

Andrew Padniewski, WebWebSite Trailblazer

WordPress is most popular, and powerful CMS. It is used by 22% of whole US websites market, having almost 78 millions of addresses. It is automatically updated. And it is free.

WordPress is most popular CMS worldwide not without a reason: it is very simple to adapt, manage and use. And there are limitless libraries with ready to use tools for most of the problems, that you can find in the future at your way.

Although, it is not so easy to install it for the first time.

WordPress 0.7 has been published on May 27th, 2003. Since then this tool become most popular in the world.

Photograph by Andre Abogado via Flickr

First things first

If you don’t want to get bothered with that subject, you can easily choose host provider, which offers auto WordPress installer (read about choosing host provider here). If you don’t have one, don’t worry – this guide will show you, how to install WordPress correctly.

First, download WordPress zip file from website. It is available in the right top corner of this website.

While downloaded, you need to unpack this file.

There is only one file, that you will need to edit inside – don’t worry, it still look more scary, than it is in fact.

After editing wp-config file instalation is a piece of cake!

Now, we will edit the file called wp-config.php. To edit PHP, CSS or HTML files, you need to have a little bit more advanced software, then Notepad. Whichever guide you will read, everyone recommends soft called Notepad++. Download and install it, please, that we can go to second part of installing website.

Angry Birds here? Why? Because even official website of this brand has been built on WordPress. Other more surprising websites on this CMS are Chicago Sun Times or even…!

Foto by Aaron Gustafson from Flickr

Edit wp-config.php

I will show you how to edit wp-config file during the example of webwebsite file.

But before we will go to wp-config you need to create your first/new one MySQL database at your MyPHPAdmin. As I remember, that was the part that I have biggest problems while my first WordPress installing. Why? Basically, all guides are not showing how to do it, because all of the host providers can have different MyPHPAdmin Dashboards.

Make it easy! Simply google “MyHostProvider creating MySQL base” – and I am sure, that you will find how to do it (if not, change host provider, hehe….).

Got it?

You will be asked for three details, which are:

Database name (DB_name), Database user (DB_user) and Database password (DB_password). You may choose whatever you want, or you might be confined by your host provider, by a nickname that you choose while registering your hosting.

It truly doesn’t matter.

Just remember of putting as more complicated in MySQL password, as you can get. You will never use it again and you don’t need to remember it (yeah, just put it to Notepad for next 2 minutes, ok?), so use a completely random sequence of signs, that you can do.

Now, create your database and copy all information that you set.

Perfect! Let’s open wp-config that you Arden have in unzipped Wordpress folder.

You will see this:

That is a truly wp-config file from the site, that you are reading right now. Of course, for secure reasons I can’t show you my DB details, but I am sure, you will be all right with setting your own one!

Can you see the same file? I hope you are.

Ok, there are three covered boxes, that you need to fill up by information, that you just provided at your MyPHPAdmin. There is Database name (DB_name), Database user (DB_user), and Database password (DB_password). Don’t leave any spaces, and always start and finish with apostrophe signs (‘). DB_host is in 99.9% situations ‘localhost’, which should be set by default in your file.

Got it? Cool, not iTunes much left, don’t worry.

There is only one other part of wp-config.php, that we need to edit. This time will be easier, I can assure you.

Simply visit this site: This is auto WP key generator. Copy all generated text and simply pass it in here:

Congrats, your wp-config.php is ready!

Copy all files using FTP account

While ordering hosting you should get an access to your FTP account, Website which means the place, that you can easily copy, delete and change files like you will be using your own hard drive.

To access your host using FTP client account, download TotalCommander or FileZilla. I am using this second one, so catch a link here.

Now, simply transfer all Wordpress folder content to your domain. Of course, don’t copy the folder, just open it and then copy all content. With wp-config.php file, that we just edited.


Your website should be working!

Congrats! Now, when you will write your URL name, your website should be working. There will be few more things to set, like website name, username and password (those are different, that you put to your MySQL!), but after small steps you are welcomed in WordPress world.

I am sure you will enjoy it!

apadniewskiHey! Hope you didn’t receive any problems during installation!

But, if you have, please, leave your comment below or send me email at
Andrew Padniewski, WebWebSite Trailblazer

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