Getting a WordPress Site Set Up
Creating the empty database
I’ll go through the steps in class for creating a fresh MySQL database using phpMyAdmin in MAMP (Mac software that mimics a live web server on your own desktop.)
In my experience, phpMyAdmin makes it really easy to establish a new database. Create a database just for your WordPress site, and a user/password with all privileges for the database. You’ll then have a database name, user, and password for the WordPress install wizard.
Obtaining the latest version of WordPress
Click the big blue Download button in the link above. Save the ZIP file somewhere where you can find it again.
Make sure you always have the latest version of WordPress installed. Hackers are always trying to expose and exploit vulnerabilities on WordPress (and other) sites. WordPress is always discovering and fixing these holes.
Don’t worry about going to WordPress.org in the future to get the latest updates once your site is live. Your Dashboard will tell you when updates are available, and will automate the update if you wish (back up your site first!)
Adding the WordPress contents to your site
- Unzip/unarchive the WordPress version ZIP file. Inside it you’ll find a wordpress folder. Inside of that folder, you’ll find all the files and folders that make WordPress tick.
- Create a site folder inside the MAMP (Mac) or WAMP/XAMPP (PC) folder on your desktop. If you do not have MAMP, WAMP, or XAMPP installed on your personal computer, either install it or use a school computer. Call the site whatever you wish, but don’t use spaces or special characters in your folder name.
- Copy all of the contents inside the wordpress folder into your site folder.
Running the installation
- Open the default MAMP page from in a browser. From there, point your browser to your site folder.
- Fill in the database and website details as shown below.
- Click Run the Install. WordPress will build all the tables it needs in your database.
Working with WordPress
I will cover the following topics in class.
Previewing your WordPress site
Getting familiar with the Dashboard
Adjusting the default settings
Installing alternate themes
Working with widgets
Adding and editing users
Categories and tags: content taxonomy
Working with media
Backing up your site
For much more on installing WordPress, check out the book “Smashing WordPress” in Doc Sharing (eCompanion).