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.

adding a MySQL database using phpMyAdmin

Obtaining the latest version of WordPress

wordpress.org/download

WordPress Download

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Copy all of the contents inside the wordpress folder into your site folder.

Running the installation

  1. Open the default MAMP page from in a browser. From there, point your browser to your site folder.
  2. Fill in the database and website details as shown below.
  3. Click Run the Install. WordPress will build all the tables it needs in your database.
WordPress Installation (8)

WordPress Installation: create wp-config.php file

WordPress Installation (7)

WordPress Installation: database info prompt

WordPress Installation (6)

WordPress Installation: database connection details form

WordPress Installation (5)

WordPress Installation: run the install

WordPress Installation (4)

WordPress Installation: website information form

WordPress Installation (3)

WordPress Installation: success page

WordPress Installation (2)

WordPress Installation: admin login screen

WordPress Installation (1)

WordPress Installation: the fresh default Dashboard

WordPress Installation: new database tables

WordPress Installation: new database tables

Working with WordPress

I will cover the following topics in class.

Previewing your WordPress site

Beginning WordPress SIte

Beginning WordPress Site

Beginning WordPress SIte

Beginning WordPress Site

Getting familiar with the Dashboard

Getting familiar with the Dashboard

Getting familiar with the Dashboard

Adjusting the default settings

Adjusting the default settings

Adjusting the default settings

Installing alternate themes

Installing alternate themes

Installing alternate themes

Installing alternate themes

Installing alternate themes: wordpress.org/themes

Installing plugins

Installing plugins

Installing plugins

Installing plugins

Installing plugins: wordpress.org/plugins

Working with widgets

Working with WordPress widgets

Working with WordPress widgets

Adding and editing users

Adding and editing users

Adding and editing users

Adding content

Adding content

Adding content

Categories and tags: content taxonomy

Categories and tags: content taxonomy

Categories and tags: content taxonomy

Categories and tags: content taxonomy

Categories and tags: content taxonomy

Working with media

Working with media

Working with media

Working with media

Working with media

Backing up your site

Online Backup for WordPress

Online Backup for WordPress

Reference Book

For much more on installing WordPress, check out the book “Smashing WordPress” in Doc Sharing (eCompanion).