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Published 3rd September 2008 by

Wordpress is famous for its 5-minute install, but for those who have never installed web software before, I will show you how to download, install, configure and write your first Wordpress blog on your web server. You do not need any knowledge of PHP or any other programming language.
Creating Your First Website Series
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  3. Registering Domain Names and Configuration
  4. Installing Wordpress
  5. Setting Up New WordPress Site
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  7. Using WordPress Custom Fields
  8. Creating WordPress Themes
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This article is an old post and may not be accurate for later versions of WordPress.

You Will Need:

  • A web server hosting package that supports PHP version 4.3 or greater
  • A MySql database using MySql Server 4.0 or greater, together with login details
  • The mod_rewrite Apache module
  • FTP access and login details for your web server

You should already have purchased and configured domains and be able to access the empty website through your browser.

Download the Latest Version

The first thing you need to do is download the latest version of WordPress. At the time of writing the current version is 2.6.1 and will be used in the demonstration. You can find the latest version can always be found on the WordPress website.


Next you will need to extract the archive using one of the many popular archive tools (WinZip, WinRar, 7-Zip, ZipCentral, etc.)

Once Extracted you will need to open your FTP client and navigate to your desired location on the server. This could be the domain root or a subdirectory of the domain. Directory structures may change from provider to provider. On my host I will be uploading the files to the directory below and I have mapped my test domain (www.mytestdomain.com) here as well.


Once the files have been uploaded without error we can move onto the installation process.


You can now access your new WordPress site by browsing to the directory. If you installed WordPress into the root you just need to browse to the root of the domain. If everything is correct then you will receive a message informing you that there isn't a config file.

Wordpress Installation

Wordpress Installation

When you click the button the install program will create one for you. You will be then taken to the welcome screen followed by a screen where you will need to enter your database information. You will need to provide the database name, username, password, server (host) name and a prefix for the table. It is recommended that you change the wp_ prefix to help prevent malicious attacks and it allows multiple WordPress installs into the same database.

Wordpress Installation

Wordpress Installation

Wordpress Installation

Wordpress Installation

If you get a database connection error at this stage you may need to check all the values are correct before trying again.

All right sparky!

If you get this message then everything is going smoothly, just click the install button and the program will create all the tables and set up the database.

When this is done you will then need to give your blog a title and enter your email address. This address will be used as the administrative contact so you can get notification of errors, new comments, etc.

Wordpress Installation

Wordpress Installation

Finally you will get a screen informing you of the admin login details which will contain a random password. You need to copy this to the clipboard before you click on the login button. On the login screen you can enter admin as the username and paste in the password.

Once logged in the first thing you should do is change the default password to something more memorable. This can be done by clicking on users (top right) followed by the admin user. Scroll to the bottom of the page and enter a new password, one that is strong but easy for you to remember.

And that's it! WordPress is now ready for you to start blogging.

There is a far more in-depth installation guide on the WordPress site which includes how to manually configure the config.php and advanced configuration using cpanel, plesk and other control panels.

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