Today we’re going to cover a topic that is absolutely essential for any successful site flipper to know – how to set up a wordpress blog.
Whether you use it for SEO purposes, to keep in touch with your clients, to advertise your websites for sale, or to run the actual websites you flip, it is absolutely crucial to know how to install WordPress!
Of course, the installation is very simple to do. If you can do a Google Search, you can install WordPress. Just follow these simple instructions!
Before attempting to install WordPress, we’ve assumed that you already have web hosting setup (web hosting is simply where your website’s files are stored so they can be permanently accessed through the web). You can find web hosting plans through google. We recommend Hostgator for reliability and good live customer support. [edit – use coupon code “oaw547112466” for a 33% discount of the usual price of $4.99 – last checked May 31st – Justin]
**Special Note : If your web host offers Fantastico with your web hosting plan, you don’t need to complete these steps. Simply log into your control panel, click on “Fantastico”, and then select “WordPress” from the list of programs on the left hand side. Click “new installation”, and Fantastico will do everything for you! **
Step 1: Download WordPress
You need to download the files from WordPress.org before you can do anything else. So click on that link, and you’ll come to their website. Look for a button on the right hand side, that looks like this :
Click that button. It will ask you to either Open or Save the file – choose save, and select an easy to remember location (like your desktop.) You can always delete this file later.
Now that the download is complete, go and open the file you saved to your desktop. The most recent version, as of the time of this post, will be called “wordpress2.9.2.zip”. This file will either open using Windows Explorer, or a .ZIP file extraction utility.
Don’t worry, even if you don’t know what any of that means, you can still do this!
You want to look for a button that says “Extract”. Where this button is will differ, based on what program you use to open the file. You want to create a new folder on your desktop called “WordPress”, and then click the “Extract” button. It will tell you to select a location, and you will want to find the “WordPress” folder that you just created.
Once you have selected that folder, click “OK” or “Extract” or “Continue” (again, depending on what program you’re using) and all of the files necessary to install WordPress will be moved into your “WordPress” folder.
Step 2: Upload WordPress
Now you need to upload all of these files to your website, using FTP. If you have uploaded content to your website before using FTP, this will be simple. If not, you’ll need to create an FTP account in your hosting control panel first. You can check with your web host for more information on how to do that, or they may create one for you.
You’ll also need a program to upload the files. There are many free FTP programs available on the internet. Just be sure to download the software from a reputable source, like Download.com, to prevent getting any viruses or malware on your computer!
I use FireFTP, the FTP extension for FireFox (which you can download here), so we’ll go through the rest of the steps using that program. You should be able to reference your FTP program’s manual if things are very different from FireFTP in your program.
To use FireFTP, simply go to “Tools -> FireFTP” in your browser. You’ll see a window come up like this :
Where the arrow is in the above picture, you’ll see a drop-down menu that says “Create an account…” – click there.
You now have to enter all of the details of your FTP account, like this :
Click “OK” when your details are entered, and then click “Connect” (next to the “Create an Account” menu in the picture above). You should now see all of the files both on your C: drive (on the left) and on your website (on the right)
**Note : If you see a directory on your website called “public_html”, double click on it. You want to be inside of that directory, otherwise nothing you upload will work properly!
Now, on the left side of FireFTP, locate your “WordPress” folder (the one on your desktop.) Open it up, and you’ll see a whole bunch of files and folders like this :
Select all of the files and folders, and drag them over to the right side of your screen – then drop. FireFTP will begin uploading all of the files to your website!
With FireFTP still open, find the file called “wp-config-sample.php” – rename that file to “wp-config.php”. WordPress is now uploaded, and you’re almost ready to install!
**Hint : Leave FireFTP open during the rest of this process. You’ll need it later!
Step 3: Setting up Your Databases
Now you’re going to want to open up your browser, and go to your web hosting control panel. Click on “Databases” and then “MySQL Databases”, and you’ll see something like this :
**Note – your web hosting control panel may be completely different. If it is, contact your host for information on creating a MySQL database.
Enter the name for your WordPress database (something like “blog” or “wordpress” works well) and then click “Create Database”.
Once it says the database has been created successfully, go BACK to the same page and scroll down until you see something like this :
Enter a username and password, like “word” and “press”, or any other combination you want. This is only for wordpress itself to use, you do not need to remember it forever (although you will want to write it down now!)
Click “Create User”. Once the user has been created, come back to this page one more time, and scroll down to “Add User to Database” (like the image above.) Select the username you just created, and the database you just created – then click “Add”.
Remember all of these details! Write them down if you have to. You need to know them for this next part…
Go back to your FireFTP window, and connect to your website (if your connection was lost.) Find the file ON YOUR WEBSITE called “wp-config.php” (the one you renamed earlier.)
Right click on the file, and click “Open”. Most likely it will open in Notepad, or an HTML editor if you have one installed. You should see a file that looks like this :
You’re going to edit the following lines, to include your website’s information:
1. define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘Put Your Database Name Here’);
2. define(‘DB_USER’, ‘Put Your Database Username Here‘);
3. define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘Put Your Database Password Here‘);
Don’t make any further edits! Now save that file, and upload it back to your website using FireFTP.
Now you’re done here!
Step 5: Installation
You want to direct your browser to your WordPress installation URL. If you simply dragged and dropped all of the wordpress files into your “public_html” folder, then that URL will be “http://YOURDOMAIN.com/wp-admin/install.php” (obviously replacing “YOURDOMAIN” with your actual domain name.)
If your database details are entered correctly, you’ll see something like this :
Fill out your blog’s information, such as the title and your email address. Then click the “Install WordPress” button. The installation process will now give you a username (typically “admin”) and a randomly generated password. Now, just log in (using the Log In button at the bottom of the page) and you’re set!
Congratulations on setting up your first WordPress Blog!
The first time you log in, WordPress will ask if you want to change your password to something easier to remember. It is best to click yes, so that you don’t forget your password and lose access to your blog!
And don’t forget to check out WordPress.org for some excellent themes, plugins, and tutorials on how to get the most out of WordPress!