10 Things About SettingUp & Installing WordPress

10 Things to know about setting up and installing WordPress.
1. Simple WordPress Install

WordPress is really easy to install. After you have your webhost here’s the quick and dirty on getting WordPress installed. (WordPress shows 5 steps, but you really only need to follow 4, I’ll explain this below.)

a.) Download WordPress

b.) Create a database and user

c.) Upload WordPress files to your webhost

d.) Follow the on screen step-by-step WordPress instructions

Here’s a video to show you all of these steps for 1and1 webhosting: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViDoAS1R-xI


2. Automated WordPress Install

Some webhosts offer automated solutions making it even easier to install. This method can be typically be done through your webhost’s admin panel.

Here are few videos showing how to do with multiple webhosts and their automated method:

HostICan (Fantastico)

MediaTemple (Custom)

DreamHost (Custom)

BlueHost (Simple Scripts)

3. More installation Help

WordPress’ recommended ways to install: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

For some videos: http://wordpress.tv/category/how-to/installation-how-to/

4. Don’t create a wp-config.php file manually

I know it says this on the WordPress install page (Step 3), but with newer version of WordPress, setting the database credentials can be done through the easy browser-based install. Using the browser install helps prevent errors on modifying PHP code in an important install file.

5. Don’t use ‘admin’ when installing WordPress

This is a security thing, by default, WordPress has its first user’s name ‘admin’ (pre WP 3.0). Change it to something custom to you. It’ll make it harder for potential hackers to get into your site.

6. Don’t use ‘wp_’ as your database prefix when install WordPress

Again, another security precaution. This is a WordPress default, change it to something custom to the site. Relating to the previous tip, by changing default values on install you’re eliminating the most common possibility a hacker would use when trying to access your site.

7. Install more than 1 WordPress site to the same database

Extending 6., by changing your database prefix you can easily install multiple WordPress sites to the same database. Next time you are installing WordPress on the same webhost of an existing install, use the same database credentials. When asked to set the database prefix give it something different than your previous install. You can repeat this multiple times. (It’s not always ideal to install multiple sites on the same database, i.e. – shared web hosts with small databases, heavily trafficked sites.)

8. Build your site offline

It’s good practice to setup WordPress on your computer locally. When the site is ready to “go live” you can move the files to your webhost. What this means is you would setup a server on your computer and install WordPress to that. Then you would be able to edit and test your site locally without the fear of destroying the live site.

Here’s the 3 step process

a.) Install WordPress locally

b.) Create your WordPress site (this is all the things you’d do with any WordPress install)

c.) Move WordPress to your webhost

9. Install multiple sites under one WordPress installation

Use WordPress’ multisite feature to manage multiple sites under one install. If you have multiple WordPress sites it can easily become overwhelming to remember to update all your sites, plugins, themes, etc.) With WordPress multisite you can create a super-admin which would allow you to upgrade WordPress once and push it to all of your WordPress installs. This can also be done with your plugins and themes. Using multisite will allow you to create all your users in one location. Setting up a network of sites is a bit more advanced, but here’s some links to helping you do this:

Creating your network

If you’re sites have different domains (i.e. – this.com, that.com more.com) you’ll need to setup domain mapping with this plugin:

MU Domain Mapping

Activating WordPress Multisite (vide0)

10. Still having trouble installing WordPress?

Here’s a comprehensive FAQ that covers the many facets of installing WordPress: http://codex.wordpress.org/FAQ_Installation

See the many other ways to install WordPress: http://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Installation_Techniques

If all else falls search and/or submit your question to the WordPress forums: http://wordpress.org/support/

(You’d be surprised to see how fast you’ll get a response back, I know because I’ve battled others to be the first to help someone out!)

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