Want to know how to install WordPress on your website? It’s super easy! First off, here is what you’ll need:
A webserver running PHP 4.3 or greater A webserver with mysql 4.0 or greater.
That’s it! While I would recommend using Apache under Linux, it’s not required. I’m going to show how to install it on a godaddy hosted site, but it’s pretty similar on any web host.
First Step: Get WordPress
Go here to download WordPress to your computer. Save the file somewhere on your hard drive, I chose my desktop. Open up the zip file:
Select File -> Extract Unzip the folder somewhere convenient, I chose “C:web” which is where I put my website files.
Next Step: Upload files to your site
You can also use a file manager if your webhost supports it. Godaddy has a file manager utility that works fairly well.
This file manager will allow you to upload all the wordpress files into a folder. You can either upload everything into the root of the site, or create a special folder for it, such as /blog or /journal. If you install it in the main site, then your whole site will be a wordpress blog. If you create a folder, it will simply be an extension to your existing site. It’s up to you.
Create a database
The next step is pretty important. You need to create a database. There are many ways to do this, and I won’t go into all of them here, but what you’ll need for wordpress is:
Database User Name
Once you have this information handy, open up your website where wordpress is located (either http://www.yoursite.com or http://www.yoursite.com/blog
You may get the Following Message:
There doesn’t seem to be a wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it. You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn’t work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file.
Go ahead and click on “Create a Configuration File”. On the next page click “Lets go”.
Then click “start install”
Enter the name of your blog “Ex: Jeremy’s SEO Blog” and your email address, and click install.
Make sure you put a checkbox where it says “Allow my blog to appear in search engines like Google and Technorati.” (unless you don’t of course).
That’s really all there is to it. Wordpress is famous for it’s easy install process, and now you know why. You can do it in five minutes or less, and have a fully functioning blog. Be sure to check out other parts of my blog for WordPress plugins, tips and tricks.