Installing your first website

You’re ready to start your on website.

If you are already sold with the wordpress idea (good for you!) you can go to the page and download the latest file:

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You will download a .zip file of about 8 Mb.  Uncompress the files on your computer.

Then open your favorite FTP program (ours is FileZilla), and connect to your server.  You should open a new folder (like /site or /blog or /web) if you already had other files on your server.

Then place your files there and wait until the FTP uploads all of the files.

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After you have all your files on place, it is time to set your database.

For this you will need to login on your hosting account.  All hosting cpanels are different and some of them have a really really old interface, so don’t worry if you feel a little bit overwhelmed because the information on the screen doesn’t seem to have any logical order.

After you’re logged in search for SQL or MySQL and see if there’s a link to ‘Databases’ and search for a button or link to ‘Add new database’

You can name your database as you want.  The database will also require an user name and a password.  Try to use a custom password here, not the same one from the hosting account.

After you’re done, visit your site at your address using the folder root where you uploaded all the wordpress files (Ex.

WordPress will ask for your database info and credentials and run the setup for you:

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When you click on ‘Create a Configuration File’ wordpress will ask you for the following information:

Welcome to WordPress. Before getting started, we need some information on the database. You will need to know the following items before proceeding.

  1. Database name

  2. Database username

  3. Database password

  4. Database host

  5. Table prefix (if you want to run more than one WordPress in a single database)

Be sure you have all info ready and just input it when asked.

NOTE: It is important to choose a table prefix with a different value than ‘wp_’, choose something like ‘k5w3_’ or ‘d02f_’, something really unique so you don’t get easily hacked in the future!!

On the next screen wordpress is going to ask you for basic info about the website and you will create your admin user and define a password.

That’s it! after you complete these steps, you can log in as normal on your new wordpress site  and start customizing it.

When you first log in you will see the welcome screen

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Happy blogging!