In today’s world, where a new website is going up a fraction of every second, no one has the time to go through lengthy development cycles to develop a website. Certain aspects of a website simply need to exist in order to make them functional. Things such as search, authentication, database support, basic framework and UI are all key requirements in almost every project.
WordPress allows you to bypass those development efforts by providing a framework that already satisfies those demands. Rather than spending time building the site, you can spend time really “building the site.”
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).