WordPress installation

February 25, 2011 by
Filed under: Internet Marketing 

Actually you can find a lot of people willing to install a wordpress for you for only $5. but then, as a beginner, you are usually on a tight budget, so, instead of paying people for doing it, you can try install it by yourself.

There are two simple ways to install a wordpress on your host.

1. Using the cpanel – Automatic Installation.

Almost all hosting offer cpanel nowadays. If your hosting provide a cpanel, installing wordpress only need 3 simple steps. As for Hostgator, you can use the Fantastico.

Location of Fantastico

Once you click on the Fantastico de Luxe icon, you will see the Fantastico menu as follow

Fantastico menu

Click on “WordPress” on the left hand menu, and click “new Installation”. The following screen will be displayed.

step 1

You need to choose / fill in to these fields:

  • Install on domain – Domain on which your wordpress will be installed
  • Install in directory – If you want to install on a directory other than the root of your domain, you can fill it up here, otherwise leave it blank
  • administrator user name – user name for you to maintain the wordpress in the future
  • administrator password – the password of your username
  • admin nickname – your name that will be displayed on the wordpress on each post
  • admin email – your email address
  • site name – This will be the title of your WordPress
  • Description – Short description of your WordPress

Once they are all filled, click “Install WordPress” and another screen will be displayed.

step 2

This page is just a confirmation page. Once you confirmed all the data is correct, you can choose to email the installation details to your mail. Click on “Send E-mail” after you’ve entered the email address.

step 3

You are done. The wordpress is already installed to the domain / directory path of your choice.

2. Manual installation

Installing WordPress manually can be a little tricky. This installation method is useful especially when your hosting doesn’t support auto installation.

Before starting the manual installation, you’ll need :
1. wordpress installer, can be downloaded from http://wordpress.org/download/
2. ftp client, I’ll recommend FileZilla for this. You can get one from http://filezilla-project.org/download.php?type=client

Here’s the quick version of the instructions, that are taken from wordpress site http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress
1.Download and unzip the WordPress package,
2.Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
3.Rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
4.Open wp-config.php in a text editor and fill in your database details as explained in Editing wp-config.php to generate and use your secret key password.
5.Place the WordPress files in the desired location on your web server:
■If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
■If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), rename the directory wordpress to the name you’d like the subdirectory to have and move or upload it to your web server. For example if you want the WordPress installation in a subdirectory called “blog”, you should rename the directory called “wordpress” to “blog” and upload it to the root directory of your web server.

6.Run the WordPress installation script by accessing wp-admin/install.php in a web browser.
■If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
■If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php
That’s it! WordPress should now be installed.

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