WordPress is an incredibly powerful blogging and website creation platform. It is free and includes an extensive community of developers and designers which results in an almost endless supply of themes, plugins and other ways of customizing and managing your website or blog. There are two ways to get WordPress, depending on whether you want to install WordPress directly on your own website or if you are looking for a ready-made solution.
Two WordPress Options
WordPress.org is the home for the WordPress software. Here, you can download the software in order to install yourself for your website. This is the preferred method because it allows you to control every aspect of your blog or site afterwards.
On the other hand, if you are not very tech savvy and looking for a simple solution, then you go to wordpress.com and start a blog there as well. The difference is that this last option is easier because all the work is being done for you, but you do not have access to the files directly nor can you download any themes except for those from the WordPress directory.
A final note on a third option: if you use cpanel or other similar website management applications, you can then install WordPress onto your website while skipping a few steps, which makes it a bit faster and easier for novice users.
How To Install WordPress
There are a few steps to installing WordPress and here is a summary form.
1. Requirements: Make sure you have the correct system requirements before installing WordPress.
2. Download WordPress and unzip the file
3. Using cpanel or other database tools, create an empty database as well as a user and make sure to add the user to the database and keep note of all passwords and usernames
4. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file that is included in the WordPress install folder to wp-config.php.
5. Open wp-config.php in any text editor on your computer and add your database information from the previous step as explained in the file. Save.
6. Upload all the files to your server to any location you wish. This process will go much faster in you use an ftp client like Filezilla.
7. Once complete, go to the following website address and follow the instructions to complete installation: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php or http://www.example.com/wp-admi/install.php. Don't forget to replace www.example.com with your own website domain name.
8. That should be it!! Just go to your website and make sure everything is working ok.
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