Installing WordPress

After the preparations and plans, it is now time to install the WordPress blog.

Especially professional bloggers have full control, and WordPress has become very easy to maintain.

So here’s the (detailed) instructions for installing your new WordPress blog.

Download WordPress

The first step will take you to the WordPress homepage. There you will always find the latest version of WordPress for download.

Just click on the large blue “.zip” and then you will save this file on your hard drive.

download wordpress

Prepare the Webhosting

Second, you have to prepare your web hosting package.

For this, you should first make sure that the requirements for a WordPress blog are fulfilled.

PHP 4.3 and MySQL 4.0 are required for at least WordPress. Of course, PHP 5 and MySQL 5 work as well.

Database

WordPress requires a database.

That’s why you go to the administration view of your Webhosting package. Of course, this looks different for every provider.

If you click on it, you will see the existing databases, and you can also create new databases. For some hosting providers, username and password for the new database are automatically assigned; for others, you can choose this yourself (but then you should also use difficult / not to guess terms).

In any case, you should note down the access data for the new database. These are the database name, the database user name, and the password.

You also need the database hostname. This is very often “localhost,” with some providers but also a different URL (eg, mysql.domain.com). Details can be found mostly in the FAQ of the hoster.

FTP program

Secondly, you also need an FTP program to upload the WordPress files once to the server.

Of course, there are also many alternatives here. For example, FileZilla works well. And the program is free.

Of course, not every unauthorized person can upload any files to your webspace, you will need a username, password and FTP address for the FTP upload. The latter is usually the normal domain of your website, eg, www.domain.com.

Username and password for FTP are also usually found in the administration view of a hosting account.

Upload

Now you can upload the WordPress files to your webspace.

For this, you have to unpack the downloaded WordPress file first. Windows brings a Zip-unpacker from home already. So just right-click and “unzip.”

In the unpacked folder “wordpress” you will find a file with the name “wp-config-sample.php”

Please rename these in “wp-config.php.” So just remove the “-sample” from the file name.

And then, you open the “wp-config.php” file with the windows text editor. Here you have to enter the database data you just wrote down.

he following lines must be adapted:

define ('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere'); 
define ('DB_USER', 'usernamehere');
define ('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere');
define ('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

In the first line, the database name comes in instead of “putyourdbnamehere.”

In the second line, replace “username here” with your database username.

In the third line, the database password must be pure (instead of “your password here”).

And in the fourth line comes mostly “localhost” pure. For some providers, but as I said another database host URL.

If you have entered this data correctly (it is essential that you enter the details accurately as they were created when creating the database, so also case-sensitive), then you save the file, and it will upload,

To do this, start the FTP program and enter your FTP data (FTP user name, FTP password, and FTP URL).

Now you upload the contents of the folder “wordpress” entirely on your webspace.

Please think in advance if you want to have the blog directly in the directory of your domain (so the blog is available at www.domain.de) or if you want to have the blog in a subdirectory (eg, www.domain.com/blog/).

In the latter case, you must first create the subdirectory and load the contents of the “wordpress” folder there.

The upload may take a while.

Installation

Once all WordPress files have been uploaded, the installation will begin.

To do this, you call the installation file “install.php.” This is located in the folder “wp-admin.”

If you have uploaded WordPress directly into the domain directory, the path is “www.deinedomain.com/wp-admin/install.php.”

If you have uploaded it in a subdirectory, then eg, “www.deinedomain.com/demo/wp-admin/install.php.”

First, there is a greeting.

Below are 2 fields. There you enter the blog title, ie, the name of your blog. But you can easily change this later.

And below, you enter your email address.

Also, please tick, “I want my blog to appear on search engines like Google or Technorati.”. Otherwise, your blog will not be included in Google.

Then click on the button, “Install WordPress.”

If everything worked, this screen appears.

There is also the access password for your blog, which you must make a note of. Again, it is essential that the password is noted exactly as it is there (eg, upper and lower case).

Now you click on the button “Login.”

Then the normal login screen of WordPress appears.

Here you enter as user name “admin,” and the password just noted. So you do not have to sign up every time, you can put a checkmark next to “Remember me.”

But you should do this only if nobody has unauthorized access to your computer.

If you then click on the “Login” button, you will get to the admin of your WordPress blog.

And at this point, the installation is already over. That was fast and easy. 🙂

Possible problems

Mostly the installation of WordPress works smoothly. However, if an error occurs, do not panic.

PHP error
It shows a weird code. For example, the following:

<? php  define ('WP_USE_THEMES', true); 
require ( './ wp-blog-header.php'); ?>

This usually means that your webspace does not support PHP. Especially with very cheap or even free hosting packages, it may be that PHP is not included. That you should clarify and, if necessary, switch to another tariff with PHP.

Database Error

When the message “Error establishing Database Connection” appears, there may be 2 reasons for this.

For one thing, it could be because there is no database. Since you either forgot to create the database (see above) or your web hosting package contains no database.

On the other hand, it could also be due to incorrect database access data. This means that in the “wp-config” file, you have the wrong data in it or eg, space too much or something similar. Please recheck this.

This is how it continues

The next article in the blog launch series is about the settings of the newly installed blog. Which things should be changed and entered directly after the installation?

Because before you publish the first post, there are some things to stop.

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