Quick WordPress Install Guide

You should already have the basic requirements on getting started using WordPress, so what do you do now? Well firstly download the WordPress software.

How do you do that easily – just go to the WordPress.org site and click the button that says “Download WordPress 3.2” or whatever else the current version is (you don’t need to work that one out as the WordPress site keeps this up to date).

Simply save the file to your hard drive and unzip (decompress it in other words) to a folder that you can find and access easily – one that you’ll remember!

Then you will need to create a MySQL database – don’t be phased, its just a matter of going to your hosting platform to create it. Maybe use one of the hosts recommended by WordPress themselves, such as Bluehost, HostGator or DreamHost. Or you may choose a host (or already have access to) such as Media Temple or GoDaddy? This is usually done through your control panel.

After you’ve completed the appropriate steps you need to upload the WordPress software, configure it and kick off that installation process.

Its then time to apply your theme and install plugins as well as a few other tasks, such as configuring your Ping settings (ie adding to the one already pre-configured by WordPress) to ensure that your blog, your website is found by the search engines and also configuring your Permalinks (this instructs WordPress how to actually display the links to your blog posts).

Sound like a lot? Maybe a little overwhelming… Well it does take time and you’ll need to have more information than what’s briefly supplied above (these points are not meant to be fully explanatory, certainly they aren’t the be all and end all – they are just a summary).

Don’t be phased, take it step-by-step and seek assistance when and where necessary.

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