WordPress is an extremely powerful blogging platform. WordPress makes blogging easy and fun. It includes great plugins that are authored by many people from all over the world. And you can find plugins for media, commenting, posting, editors, Technorati, Flickr, backing up, etc. But many people get bogged down on the installation of WordPress. It’s best to have someone hold your hand and guide you through the process. Let’s get started.

First things first, you need to get the installation files from WordPress. Do a Google search for WordPress. Click on the download link on the top of the screen. On the download screen you will see options to download a .zip file or a .tar.gz file. Most users will want to download the .zip file. .Zip and .tar.gz files are simply files that are compressed. This saves download time because the file size is smaller. Click on the .zip download button. It will list the latest WordPress version on it. Save this file to your desktop. Now, you will need to have an extraction program in place. If you are running Windows XP, it has a file extractor built in. Right click on the file on your desktop. It will have a .zip extension. Choose “extract this file” or an equivalent message in the menu. Run through the wizard and choose to view the files at the end. This will create a folder on your desktop with all the wordpress files. It is usually named wordpress with the version included.

And now we get to the difficult part of the install. This seems to be where most users have an issue. In order to run WordPress, you need to be using a linux hosting account. WordPress will not work on a Windows hosting account. You also need to set up a mysql database for wordpress to use. Consult your hosting account for directions on how to do that. Technical support should be able to help walk you through that if you get stuck. Now, we need to change some values in a file in the wordpress directory that you previously extracted. Go there now and find the file named “wp-config-sample.php.” Open that up in notepad. You can find notepad by clicking on the “Start” button, going to “all programs,” and then “accessories.” You should see notepad listed there. When you open this file you will see the following at the top:

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’); // The name of the database

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username’); // Your MySQL username

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password’); // …and password

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value

You will need the following information about your database: the name of the database, the username of the database, the password of the database, and the database host name. You simply input this information into the “wp-config-sample.php” file. Let’s use an example to make this clearer. Let’s say I create a database named “WordPress.” The user for the database is “mydatabase” and my password is “Great1*” I simply input this into the file:

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘WordPress’); // The name of the database

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘mydatabase’); // Your MySQL username

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘Great1’); // …and password

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value

Now, here is a little caveat for Godaddy users. Godaddy does not use localhost for the database host name on shared hosting accounts. If you’re using a Godaddy account, then you are most likely using a shared hosting account. You will need to go to that account’s control panel. You will need to go to “Mysql.” And next to the WordPress database, you will need to click on the pencil icon as if you are going to edit the account. This is under the “Actions” section. This will show you the database host name. It will be something like Replace “localhost” in the “wp-config-sample.php” file.

Once you are done with this, you will want to change save the file as “wp-config.php” and not “wp-config-sample.php” This is very important since this controls how WordPress functions. Now, you need to get your FTP information from your hosting provider. This will consist of a username and a password. You will need an FTP client to upload these files to your server. I totally recommend SmartFTP. It is an awesome, free FTP client. You can find it at . Now, copy all the files in the WordPress folder. Do not copy the WordPress folder itself! You should have a list of files and folders like wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes. Now, fire up SmartFTP. Enter in your website name, like Enter in your username and password and hit enter. This will open up the space where you can upload your WordPress install. Now, right-click in the white space on the right and select “Paste.” This will start uploading all your files to your web server. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Once this is all done, you are ready to start the WordPress install. This is super easy and super fast. Just navigate to the install.php file. To do this, open up your favorite web browser, like internet explorer or firefox. Now, using the website name from above, you would go to Obviously, replace “ilovemywebsite” with your website name. Follow the directions on the screen. At the end, note your password. Do not lose this! Now, log into your new WordPress installation. The first thing you will want to do is change that awful password. You can do this by going to “Users” and then “Your Profile.” You should see an “Update Your Password” area on the bottom right. And that’s it! Enjoy.

Source by Paul McGillivary

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