Note NOTE: This video refers to older versions of WordPress or external websites. While the general principles demonstrated may remain the same, specific details may differ slightly from when this was recorded.

Summary

Standard WordPress Installation

Walkthrough

  • Here we're going to look at how to do a Standard WordPress Installation
  • What we mean by this is, the process is not specific to anyone one hosting provider or system
  • You should be able to do this function on every host that offers MySQL Database and has PHP
  • Virtually every host you can find will most likely offer these two basic and minimum fascilities
  • Go to www.wordpress.org where we download the free WordPress software
  • On the main page to the right you can see a big blue button to Download the latest version of WordPress
  • Click the button to Download, it will bring you to the Download Page, where we picked the default option
  • Again click the big blue button on the right with the latest edition of WordPress, in the popup click Ok to continue
  • Now you'll be downloading a Zip file, this is a compressed file
  • When it's downloaded, right click the icon of the downloaded folder and select to Open Containing Folder
  • Note: We're using the FireFox browser, it may be slightly different with different browsers
  • Download Firefox here LINK
  • Open the tab with the downloaded zipped folder. Right click on it, and select Extract All, click to confirm Extract
  • If you don't have that, use 7-Zip
  • So now you should be looking at two similar folders, the original Zipped or Compressed one ending in .zip
  • And the new uncompressed and unzipped folder, double click the uncompressed folder
  • Click again, until you can see all the files and folders it contains
  • So go to your FTP client FileZilla and connect to your server
  • If you need a refresher on how to do this, view this LINK
  • On left you'll see your own computer, on right your website server and host
  • On the right, click on the "/public_html" file, and it should say Empty Directory Listing as you've installed nothing yet
  • In the left window, locate your uncompressed WordPress folder
  • Ensure not to attempt the .zip file, but the uncompressed folder
  • Click into the uncompressed folder, twice, so you should be looking at a long list of a few folders and lots of files
  • When you're looking at that situation in the left window, right click and hit Upload
  • The files will gradually appear in the right hand window as they're uploaded
  • There'll be lots of activity at the top and bottom windows of Filezlila
  • It completely depends on your connection how long it takes, can be anywhere between 15second and 15 minutes
  • If you now go back to yourwebsite.com, in our case www.selfassemblysites.com you'll see a new page appear
  • Click the big button that says Create a Configuration File
  • The next page, specifies the 5 Things it needs for the database, we can get these from our host
  • Click Let's Go
  • Now in another tab, go to the bluehost control panel
  • We'll guide you through bluehost, but it's similar in most hosting companies and their help files should assist you too
  • In bluehost control panel, scroll down to Databases, and click on MySQL Databases
  • Under the section Create New Database, type in the box beside an abbreviation of your site name, "cms"
  • Click the button underneath, Create Database
  • In our case it appears as "selfasse_cms", highlight and right click to copy
  • Go back to your WordPress configuration page, and beside Database Name, click to paste, our case "selfasse_cms"
  • Go back to the bluehost MySql Page and scroll down to Add New User, and click in the box beside Username
  • We typed in 'dba_4152', for database and some random numbers, then clicked the button for Password Generator
  • In thePassword popup window, you can keep clicking until you see a random password you're happy with
  • Highlight and right click to Copy the chosen password, then open Notepad and right click to select Paste
  • Give it a title for what it's for so you remember, "Password for WordPress Database"
  • And put in the user name also, in our case "selfasse_dba4152"
  • Click to Save the Notepad file, we saved it as "sas-wordpress-notes"
  • Just downsize Notepad, don't close it or it'll be lost
  • Tick the box to confirm you've put the password somewhere safe and click Use Password
  • Beside Strength it should come up as Very Strong, then click the button below Create User
  • You browser might ask if you wish it to Remember the password, select Remember
  • MySQL Users should say that it's added the user and state the password, click to Go Back
  • Now go back to the Wordpress page, and paste in the relevant info into the User Name space, for us "selfasse_dba4152"
  • And also copy from your notepad and paste in the password that was generate into the Password space
  • For most Hosting companies you can leave the Database Host as "localhost", if not it should be clearly stated
  • With bluehost you can leave it as Localhost, and it says so clearly on the MySQL Databases page, 3rd paragraph down
  • So finally we deal with the Table Prefix, we typed in "wp_sas_", you can put "wp_" followed by an abbreviation for your site name
  • Don't click Submit just yet. Go back to MySQL Databases page on bluehost and scroll down the page
  • In the section Add User to the Database click the Add button
  • In the next page, check the box beside All Privileges and click the button below Save Changes
  • It should now confirm that the username was added to the database, click on the link Go Back
  • So now we can go back to our WordPress page and click the Submit button at the bottom of the 5 fields you filled in
  • On the following page now click Run the Install
  • It will say Welcome and ask for some Information
  • Put in the name of your site in the Site Name space
  • In the User name space, you can put in admin and a number or your first name or something else
  • You can open another tab and google "password generator" to generate a long and strong password or make up your own
  • We like grc.com/passwords.htm
  • If you refresh the page on grc you'll see the three boxes of passwords change, each box with different characteristics
  • Some systems don't allow certain symbols so there's three different types here
  • Select and highlight an area of the long password and right click and select copy
  • Now go back to your WordPress page and paste the password into the password space and again into the lower password space
  • Open up your Notepad file again and paste in your password, then right your user name and user name with it
  • Now add in your email address in the last space
  • It's best to keep checked the box that allows the site to be searched by Google and Technorati
  • Now click the button to Install WordPress
  • The following page should say Success
  • Note that one's the Username and Password for the Database, the other is the Username and Password for the site itself
  • Now we're ready to click the button and Log In
  • So on the WordPress LogIn screen, open your Notepad, and copy and paste your site username into the Username box
  • Next copy and paste your password into the Password space, ensure it's the site Password and not the Database password
  • Then click the blue Log In button. If you're browser asks if you want to remember the password, it's a good idea to click Remember
  • Now you should arrive in your WordPress dashboard
  • Go up to your site name in the top left corner and right click, and Open in another Tab
  • View the tab and you'll see your new website with the default settings
  • So that's how to install WordPress the manual way

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