Getting Started With WordPress

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an easy to use Content Management System that allows you to create a website or a blog in minutes. If you’re a developer, just download it from their website at WordPress.org, and place it on your server to get started.

So Let’s Get Started

We will need to acquire a domain, sign up for a hosting service, setup a database, and download WordPress.

Acquiring A Domain

You can acquire a domain through a domain registrar, such as Namespace or GoDaddy. Available domains go for as cheap as $1.99 to about 10.99 depending on who your domain Registrar is. So visit your preferred domain registrar, and acquire a domain.

Acquiring A Hosting Service

Once you’ve acquired a domain, you’re ready to acquire a hosting service, such as Hostgator or Rackspace. Depending on your hosting service, you’ll have to either add your new domain through their C-Panel or just follow their instructions on how to go about adding a domain via their website.

Hostgator has great support for this, and you can simply visit their website for more details. 

MediaTemple also has a knowledge database you can browse through.

Rackspace Hosting does this as well.

Dowloading And Installing WordPress

Now we’re ready to download WordPress.

Simply visit WordPress.org, and download the latest. Unzip the files, and upload them to your server. To upload the files to your server you can use an FTP client, such as Filezilla, to upload the files to your server’s domain directory.

Once the files are uploaded to your server, we need to make sure we have a MySQL database available for us to use. You can create a database through phpMyAdmin.

Once the files are uploaded to your server, you can visit your domain and begin configuring your WordPress installation.

Utilities

WordPress

http://wordpress.org
With one click, and in just a few minutes MAMP will install Apache 2, current PHP 4, current PHP 5 and MySQL. Using the included eAccelerator, PHP-scripts are executed up to ten times faster compared to Apple’s pre-installed Apache/PHP.

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MAMP

http://www.mamp.info/en/index.html
With one click, and in just a few minutes MAMP will install Apache 2, current PHP 4, current PHP 5 and MySQL. Using the included eAccelerator, PHP-scripts are executed up to ten times faster compared to Apple’s pre-installed Apache/PHP.

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XAMPP

http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
An easy to install Apache distribution containing MySQL, PHP and Perl. XAMPP is really very easy to install and to use – just download, extract and start.

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WAMP

http://www.wampserver.com/en/
WampServer is a Windows web development environment. It allows you to create web applications with Apache2, PHP and a MySQL database. Alongside, PhpMyAdmin allows you to manage easily your databases.

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