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How To Create A Website Using WordPress

Building a website with WordPress is a quick and easy way to create great looking personal or corporate sites without being a hardcore computer programmer. Still, there are some things you need to know about using this popular tool.

Here’s what you need to know:

Your web host must allow at least one MySQL database, which is the database used by WordPress, or in other words a place to store blog entry information that WordPress uses. Most hosting providers will set up MySQL for you, and all you need to know to use it with WordPress is the login name, password and databasename. You might need some more connection information if your database is on a different server than your web site.

Your web host also support the execution of PHP scripts, which is programming language that WordPress is written in. PHP is free for the web host and it is very rare to find a web host that won’t support PHP.

Most successful blogs have their own domain name pointing to them, like “”. IN order to do this, you need to obtain a domain name and point it at your server IP. Many hosting services will do this for you, but you should consider that if you eventually want to leave that host, you will have a much harder time. If you control your domain name, you can simply find a new service, move the WordPress blog files to the new host, and point the domain name to the new host, and none of your readers will know that you made a change.

Find a domain registrar, which is just a company that you can buy a domain name from, and they will have tools which allow you to point your domain name to an IP. An IP address is a unique number for your web server, and your host can provide you with the one for your server.

Your registrar will likely have online tools that allow you to set the IP for your domain name, so that when people type in your website name, they will automatically be taken to your site.

Download the latest version of the WordPress software. This will come in a compressed file with an extension of “.zip” or a “tar.gz” version depending on whether your web host is Apache or Windows IIS.

Unzip or unpack the compressed file to the directory location where you want the files. Once the files are available, locate the file “wp-config-sample.php”.

Open wp-config-sample.php and change the following values as listed, replacing the values with the ones from your database. You can use a text editor such as Notepad to do this.

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘putyourdatabasenamehere’); // The name of the database‚Ä®define(‘DB_USER’, ‘yourdatabaseusernamehere’); // Your MySQL username‚Ä®define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourdatabasepassword’); // …and password

Save the file with a new name, ‘wp-config.php’. This is your actual configuration file.

You will need to upload all of the extracted files to your web server, usually with and FTP program. An FTP program will simply move or copy the files between your computer and your web host. Windows explorer will allow for FTP, but there are some advantages with other software tools, and many of them are completely free.

Upload the files using FTP. This can be a long process, and be sure to transfer all files, including the new configuration file that was created. If the blog is going to be the main site, upload it to the main web directory, but if you want it to be a blog as part of another site, you can upload it to a subdirectory.

After the files have successfully been uploaded, you can open up a web browser and, and the WordPress software will walk through some very short steps to finish setting up your blog, and you’re all set!

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