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WordPress is famous for its five-minute installation procedure. Most users should be able to install and configure this blogging platform, provided they have some familiarity with file directory structures, web servers and creating users. There are extremely detailed instructions available for completing this procedure. A breakdown of what you’ll actually have to understand to complete the process follows.
Users and Permissions
WordPress requires a MySQL database to function correctly. If you’re doing a manual installation, you’ll have to set up and configure this for yourself. This isn’t anywhere nearly as hard as it sound. In fact, there is probably an interface on your web hosting control panel that allows you to get this done by simply clicking a button. Simply create a database on your web server and then make a user for that database. You’ll want to give this user full control of the database, which is done through permissions.
There are some renaming tasks that you have to complete for the installation. These aren’t hard. Just right click and rename the file according to the instructions. Wp-config-sample.php becomes wp-config.php, for example. If you have problems, check for:
Spaces in your file names, they aren’t allowed
Accidental changes to the file extensions
Accidental saves as a different file type—PHP becomes TXT for instance.
The five-minute installation calls for a text editor. A text editor is different than a word processor. Text editors generally default to save files in TXT format. They don’t make any changes to the formatting of a page when they open it, don’t correct spelling automatically and don’t add content to a file beyond whatever letters are added to it. This makes them ideal for source files. There are a number of them on the market; even very advanced versions are free. They include:
• Notepad (default Windows text editor)
You can download one for free or just use the one included with your operating system. Don’t use a word processor—Word, Word Perfect, OpenOffice.org, etc.—as they may add content to the files that make them invalid.
There are plenty of programs out there that allow you to use File Transfer Protocol (FTP) servers. They include:
Any of these programs will work. They also support secure FTP, which is important if you’re working with files that contain personal information.
You’ll have to do some directory renaming, in all likelihood, as part of your manual installation. This is easy. In most FTP programs, you just right-click on the name of the directory and give it a new name. You’ll want to make sure you follow the current directions for installing WordPress when you do this to avoid making errors that disable your site.
Run a Script
This is easy and it’s another step that’s not as complicated as it sounds. Just go to your domain name and follow the current WordPress install instructions to determine what directory you need to go to. For WordPress 3.0, you go to the following address http://YourDomainHere.com/wp-admin/install.php. Just visiting the address runs the script.
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