WEB170 » Installing WordPress to Your Server
Setting up WordPress on your own server is incredibly easy and is the best way to go.
Step One: Download the WordPress Application
For this step, we will need to visit http://wordpress.org/download/:
Once there, you will simply need to download the zip file.
You should see a ‘wordpress-x.x.zip’ file where ever you chose to save it:
Go ahead and extract the zip file.
Once extracted, you will see all of the HTML files associated with WordPress:
Note: Delete the zip file after you have extracted it.
Step Two: Upload WordPress to Your Server
Next, you will need to upload the WordPress files to your server:
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Once you have uploaded all of your files to your server, you will need to connect WordPress to your MySQL database.
Open the “wp-config-sample.php” file:
Once opened, you will need to set it to point to your database:
You will need to define your:
- DB_NAME: the name of your database
- DB_USER: the username associated with your database
- DB_PASSWORD: the password associated with your database
- DB_HOST: the host name of your database
Hopefully you are using DreamHost: https://panel.dreamhost.com/index.cgi?tree=goodies.mysql&
Once you have defined your settings, save the file as “wp-config.php” in your site folder:
Now, upload this file to your server.
When you visit the URL of your website now, you will be asked to install the WordPress tables to your database:
You will also be asked to name your blog and enter your e-mail address.
When you click the “Install WordPress” button, you will be given your first Username & Password:
Step Three: Log In
Enter your Username & Password and click the “Log In” button:
You will now be taken to the WordPress Dashboard:
Step Four: Edit Your Profile
Go to Users > Your Profile and fill out your profile information:
Here you can specify your name and how it will be displayed on your site, your e-mail address (for administrative purposes), other personal information, and personal options.
Don’t forget to click the “Update Profile” button!