Installing WordPress: A beginner’s guide

Installing WordPress: A beginners guideAlthough you can set up a blog or website directly from the WordPress website, I’d recommend you install it on your own domain using a web hosting service. This should result in a marked improvement on your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) performance and look more professional.

I can break down the whole process of creating your WordPress blog in two steps:

  1. Download & installing WordPress.
  2. Setup connection.

Download & installing WordPress

  1. Sign up to a web hosting company. Ensure that your host can offer these minimal requirements. I’d recommend www.one.com. The cheapest package should suffice in most instances.
  2. After subscribing, you should receive an email containing host setup details: usernames, passwords and other connection data.
  3. If you haven’t already done so, choose a domain name that is both easy to type and contains your main keywords or the name of your company. If your blog is about growing roses, then purchase something like www.growingroses.co.uk. Very simple to understand and the search engines will love it.
  4. Visit http://wordpress.org/download/ and download the zip or tar.gz file. It should be only 4 or 5 mb in size.
  5. Once downloaded, unzip the file.
  6. Use an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) application such as the free FileZilla for file transfer.
  7. Using your host setup details, connect to your server via your FTP and carry over your WordPress files from your hard-disk to your server.
  8. Once all of your files have been transferred, visit your new web address.
MySQL database connection

Fig.1. MySQL database connection

Now, all of the essential WordPress files are on your server, let’s refine the installation.

Setup connection

  1. Visit your homepage, i.e. www.growingroses.co.uk. Fill in the details found within the email that your host has sent you to build a connection to your MySQL database (see fig.1). Depending on your host, you may need to login to your host’s control panel and actually set up a database first. Contact your host for more information.
  2. Table prefix will add a prefix in front of the name of all tables within your WordPress database. Keep it short, simple and only use alphabetical characters before the underscore.
  3. Click on Submit when done to finalize MySQL connection.
  4. General Settings

    Fig.2. General Settings

    On the next page (fig.2), give your blog a title. Make sure you use your main keywords and keep it short and simple.

  5. Create a username and password for logging into the CMS (Content Management System). These can be changed afterward once logged in.
  6. Include an email address. This will be come in handy if you lose your login details.
  7. If you want to be discovered on the search engines, then ensure that there is a tick within the Privacy box! By default there is.
  8. Now you are ready to click on the Install WordPress button to complete the installation.

Access to wp-admin

In order to access your WordPress CMS and start adding content, you’ll need to go to (yourwebsite)/wp-admin. Login using the username and password that you established on the Information needed page (fig.2).

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