People who want to start a website or a blog are usually confused about the framework to use to create the blog. WordPress is an open system and free blogging tool that helps people create their own blogs/websites, even if they have very less knowledge of coding. It doubles up as a CMS (content management system-a computer program that helps one to modify,edit and publish content on a website from a central mainframe). It is the most popular blogging system being used on the internet now-a-days, having more than 65 million downloads as of December ’11.
Installing WordPress on your blog is no rocket science. There are basically two ways to install WordPress:- one is directly through your cPanel (you need access to it) and the other is an indirect way, but requires you to have access to your cPanel.
Install WordPress the Indirect Way
Here are the steps by which you can install WordPress to your blog, if you dont have options like Fantastico De Luxe in your cPanel.
- Download the latest version of WordPress from here.
- After the download is complete, download FTP software named FileZilla (or any other. I prefer this) from here. You can get it for Windows, Linux, Mac OS as well as the source code.
- Meanwhile, unzip the zip file of WordPress. It will create a new folder with the same name as the zip file, and have a folder named wordpress inside it.
- Inside the “wordpress” folder will be 3 sub folders (initials wp-) and a few .php files.
- The FileZilla window will look like this:
- The IP address of the cPanel can be found when you log in to your cPanel. On the left side, under stats, click on “expand stats” and near the end, you will have your “Shared IP Address”.
- Open Filezilla and enter the IP address, Username, Password and port number, and click on quickconnect. You will be connected to the server on which your blog resides.
- On the left side, select the location where your WordPress folder is located. On the right, open public_html. We are now ready to transfer files.
- Select all files inside the WordPress folder (three folders and few php files). Right click and click on “upload”. The files will begin uploading to the server. Close FileZilla after the upload is complete.
- Here is what you will see usually:
Now that WordPress is loaded on the server, we now have to install it. No rocket science again. Just make a database, assign it, install WordPress and you are ready to go.
- In the cPanel, go to “My SQL Databases”.
- You will be greeted by a window like this:
- Enter the database name, and click on “create database”. This will create the database. Now we need to assign a username and password to it.
- At the bottom of the page, enter your username. The first part will vary according to your cPanel username. Enter a secure password and click on create user. Make sure you remember to note down the password.
- At the extreme bottom will be an option of “Add user to database”. Add the newly created database name and username to the respective options and click on “ADD”. Select “All Privileges” and click on “Make Changes”.
- Now we are done with creating a username and database. Now we need to “inform” the WordPress on our site to use the database. Read On