It’s a bit ironic that I would have to explain how to setup WordPress for someone that wants to develop tech-related content, but I’ve promised to steer you from the bottom up so let’s begin. WordPress is a blogging platform that just is our favorite. Many people will argue that WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), but I’ll refrain from entering that argument and just say so it is a good tool which allows me to publish content on the net quickly and efficiently. Once you’ve registered your domain and chosen your web host your next step is establishing WordPress. Hopefully you’ve taken my advice and opted with Bluehost, but also for the objective of this tutorial, I will assume you took a different route.
If your hosting company doesn’t give you a WordPress automatic installation you should start with verifying you have FTP access. Personally I work with a free piece of software called Filezilla to manage my FTP accounts, but feel free to utilize CuteFTP, SmartFTP, Fetch or any FTP software you are comfortable using. Since you have FTP software installed and you have verified that you can connect with your web server utilising the login credentials given by your web host it’s time to download WordPress here. The default download of WordPress is a zip file that you should extract prior to transferring to your webspace via FTP. While connected making use of your FTP software you should decide where you want to install WordPress, but automagically it ought to be within the http docs or public_html folder. If you plan on creating a traditional website and simply want to incorporate your Tech Blog as one aspect of the website then you should create a new folder inside the http docs or public_html folder. It’s now time to transfer the files you extracted from the WordPress.zip download.
At this time things may get only a little tricky for the novice, but I trust you so pay close attention and we’ll enable you to get through another step reviewsgems BLog. In the control panel on your web host is a link to MySQL Databases. WordPress is built on a SQL database – every post, title, comment, category and tag is stored right into a record in this database and that text is dynamically called upon via php code to render the blog (don’t worry if that didn’t make much sense, sometimes I get carried away). So so you are within the MySQL section of your control panel on your web host – now it’s time to create a database. You should remember the name of the database, the username and the password. These details is going to be necessary in the next thing of the process.
It’s time to jump back to your FTP client and edit the wp-config-sample.php file. The first faltering step is going to be renaming the file by right-clicking /rename, followed closely by right clicking and choosing edit. This would open a text editor (notepad is our favorite) and permit you to change the fields. If you’re confused about some of the fields, WordPress.org has come up with this handy guide here. The final part of establishing WordPress for your tech blog is simply planning to the install page which will be something like – make sure you replace “yourblogname” with the domain name you registered. If you decided to set up WordPress in another location like I stated earlier it could be – the “folder” would be the directory name you transferred the files to.
For more details on installing WordPress I recommend heading on over to their handy 5 minute guide. If you realized that whole process is much more involved than you expected I recommend you reconsider my suggestion on using Bluehost. One-click WordPress installs and upgrades really are a blessing.