Getting Started with WordPress

WordPress 2.7.1 is available for download via WordPress.org and should be installed in an environment running PHP 5 and mySQL 5 (although some previous version with). Once the ZIP file is extracted to your web directory, you must perform a couple quick tasks.

You will need to create the mySQL database (I use phpMyAdmin for all mySQL interaction) and create a wp-config.php file. WordPress provides a sample config file in the root directory called wp-congif-sample.php. You’ll want to copy the sample file, and rename it wp-config.php. Edit the file and update the database constants (host, user, pass, database).

Once you’ve got the boring work out of the way, you can pull up the wordpress site via your browser, and you’ll walk through a very intuitive installation process (and in five minutes or less).

Step One:
Enter the name of your site and your email address.
Install Screen 1

Step Two:
Copy password to clipboard (username is always admin).
Install Screen 2

Step Three:
Login
Login

You’ve arrived!
You will automatically be sent to the WordPress Dashboard.
Dashboard

Once WordPress is installed, you’ll want to venture into the Settings and update your site info. I also recommend that you create a new admin user, and delete the ‘admin’ user account. This will help you protect your site because you will create a username that isn’t the default.

That’s it! You can now get started customizing your design, adding plugins and building your website. So now that you’re ready to move on to the fun stuff, check out Peeling Back WordPress.

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