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Where to Start When You’re New to WordPress

If you’re looking to set up a new website and you’ve got a good idea of what your site will be about, what content you’ll have on it, whether you choose to create a website to share your passion, inform people of your business, sell products, or whatever the reason there are no boundaries to what you can do! With a website, there are a lot of possibilities available to you.

Now to get started with WordPress, here is a step-by-step we covered for your WordPress Website Development.

Step One – Read

When you want to develop a website we highly recommend WordPress as your site platform. It is because WordPress is good to whatever website you plan on making. WordPress offers a lot of templates to make your creative design services glow more beautiful by choosing the right template. WordPress website development services are overwhelming that it would give out their best just to make you look best.

What is WordPress? WordPress is a powerful semantic publishing software with a focus on ease of use, speed, and great user experience. WordPress is blessed with an active community, a community of users which is the heart of open source software.

WordPress comes with a great set of features designed to make your experience as a publisher pleasant, and appealing as possible. Here is a list of the features that come standard with WordPress at Glance.

Proven

WordPress is the content management system of choice of the top million making sites making it the most popular on the web.

Easy to Use

WordPress is a simple interface with similarities to the desktop publishing software used today. Even without coding experience, the learning curve is often about as short as typing in your site’s URL and logging in.

Built for Publishing

WordPress makes sharing content and pulling readers to your site a breeze. Ensures that your website is provided in the optimal format to appear at top of search results the moment you hit publish.

Backed by Community Support

WordPress is supported by a community of users who have already solved many of the toughest challenges to sharing information today.

Multisite

WordPress is extended to a multisite feature on-demand base. It enables you to develop and maintain multiple sites using a single WordPress installation.

Before You Install WordPress

When you decided to use WordPress as the site platform you proceed evaluation before installation. Before installing WordPress, you have to check if your web hosting provider fulfills the necessary conditions and it is wise to verify it first.

You will also need to know how to use a text editor in editing the main configuration file. Notepad will do for Windows user but using a good text editor is highly recommended.

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Based upon the information you’ve just read, make sure that you have made a list of the things you need and things to do. Also, include these following information:

Website Host Requirements and Versions of PHP and MySQL

To run WordPress, we recommend your host supports:

  • PHP version 7.2 or greater.
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater
  • HTTPS support

We highly recommend Apache or Nginx as the most robust resourceful server for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. Hosting is recommended for better security, because for PHP applications, like WordPress, are run using your account’s username instead of the server’s default shared username.

Web Host Compatibility with the New Versions of WordPress

To make sure that WordPress runs in your system here is a lists of hosts that have been tested with the Core Update feature that becomes available after Version 2.7. (I.E. for upgrading 2.7 or later to newer versions)

Works with Caveats

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  • 1and1 (fails running with PHP 4, but works with PHP 5. Add the line: AddType x-mapp-php.5php to the file .htaccess in your main WordPress directory to enable PHP5. This appears to not only affect Core updates but some Plugin updates as well.)

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  • net – Does not work with Aksimet due to requirements asking for permission for all outbound http requests to provide port number, IP address or hostname and reason for request.

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  • Servage (works on new clusters with PHP 5 and doesn’t work on old clusters with PHP 4)

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  • World4You (Firewall restriction, works only on special server)

Website Account

You should have a website username and password and make sure that it is safe and secured.

Text Editor Software

A text editor is a program which edits file in plain text format. Example of a good text editor software is Notepad; it is good for Windows user. Non-text based word processing programs is highly recommended because it insert extra formatting into text files, and can corrupt the files when they need to be interpreted by the interpreter. Other than that, using MS Word to edit PHP scripts can cause major problems in your code.

Some examples of text editor programs:

  • Atom (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • BBEdit (Classic Mac OS, Mac OS X)
  • Boxer Text Editor (Windows)
  • Brackets (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • Coda (Mac OS X)
  • EditPad Pro (Windows)
  • EditPlus (Windows)
  • Emacs (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • gedit (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • jEdit (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • Kate (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • Komodo Edit (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)
  • Notepad++ (Windows, Open Source, Free)
  • phpDesigner (Windows)
  • PSPad (Windows, Free)
  • Smultron (Mac OS X)
  • SubEthaEdit (Mac OS X)
  • Sublime Text (Cross-platform)
  • TextEdit (comes with Mac OS X)
  • TextMate (Mac OS X)
  • TextPad (Windows)
  • UltraEdit (Windows)
  • vim (Cross-platform, Open Source, Free)

An FTP Client Software

FTP or “File Transfer Protocol” is used to transfer your files and your password over a secured connection. FTP has been the most widely used transfer protocol for thirty years.

FileZilla is a cross-platform application software consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla server. FileZilla is highly recommended because just like WordPress, it is released under the GPL. It is a stable client that works on all flavors of Windows. For MAC users, try using Cyberduck, which is also free and released under the GPL.

Step Three – Install WordPress

WordPress is well-known for its ease of installation. Its installation process is very simple and takes less than five minutes to complete. There are tons of web hosts that offer to automatically installed WordPress. However, if you wish to install WordPress yourself, consider reading these guides.

Things to Know Before Installing WordPress

Before you get started, get these few things done first.

  1. Access to your web server via FTP
  2. Ability in creating MySQL Databases
  3. Must have a text editor ready
  4. Installed FTP Client
  5. Select web browser

Must-Do things to Install WordPress

  1. Check and ensure that you and your web host have the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
  2. Download the most current version of WordPress.
  3. Unzipping the download file to a folder on your drive.
  4. Choose a secure password for your secret key.
  5. Keeping this webpage open so you won’t find it inconvenient during the installation.

Detailed Instructions

Step 1: Download and Extract

Download and Unzip WordPress.

  • If you will be uploading WordPress to a remote web server, download the entire package to your computer with a web browser and unzip the package.
  • For FTP users, skip Step 2 and proceed to the next step – uploading files is covered later.
  • If you have shell access to your web server, and preferably using console-based tools, you may wish to download WordPress directly to your web server using wget if you don’t want and wish to avoid FTPing.

Step 2: Create the Database and User

If you are a user of hosting provider, you may already have WordPress database set up for you or there may be an automated setup solution to do so. Check your hosting provider’s support pages whether or not you’ll need to create one manually.

Once you determine that you’ll be needing to create one manually, follow the instructions for accessing phpMyadmin on various servers or follow the instructions on how to use phpMyAdmin below.

Using phpMyAdmin

If your web server has phpMyAdmin installed, follow these instructions to create WordPress username and database.

    1. If there’s no database relating to WordPress, Create one:
      1. Select a name for your created WordPress database: ‘wordpress’ is good, but most hosting services will require a name beginning with your username and an underscore, so, even if you work worn on your own computer, we advise that you check your hosting service requirements so that you can follow them on your own server and be able to transfer your database without modification. Enter the selected database name in the Create database field and select the best collation for your language and encoding. For the best, select the “utf8_” series and, if you don’t find your language, try “utf8mb4_general_ci”.phpmyadmin01
    2.  Click the phpMyAdmin icon in the upper left to go back to the main page, then click the Users Tab. Create a new table for users. phpmyadmin02
    1. Click Add User
    2. Choose a username for WordPress and enter it in the User name
    3. Choose a secure password that contains a combination of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols then enter it in the Password
    4. Write down the username and password you created.
    5. Leave all options under Global privileges at their defaults.
    6. Click
    7. Return to the Users screen and click the Edit privileges icon on the user you’ve created for WordPress.
    8. In the Database-specific privileges section, select the database you’ve created for WordPress under the add privileges to the following database dropdown, then click
    9. Once the page refreshed. Click Check All to select privileges, and click
    10. On the resulting page, make note of the hostname listed after Server: at the top of the page address as localhost”.

Step 3: Set up wp-config.php

The wp-config.php file is one of the most important files in a WordPress installation. You can create a wp-cofig.php file manually by locating the sample named “wp-config.-sample.php” located in the root install-directory, edit it as required, and then save it as wp-config.php.

You can skip this step as well and let WordPress try to do this itself by downloading the WordPress set up process second time it will automatically create a wp-config.php file for you based on the information provided.

Step 4: Upload the files

You get to decide where on your domain you’d like your WordPress-powered site to appear. Either you want it in the root directory or in a subdirectory of your website.

In the Root Directory, you need to upload your files to web server, use an FTP client to upload all the contents of the WordPress directory into the root directory of your website, while in a Sub Directory, you need to upload your files to your web server, rename the WordPress directory to your desired name, then use an FTP client to upload the directory of your website within its root directory.

Step 5: Run the Install Script

Start the installation script by pointing a web browser.

For the root directory, you should visit http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php and,

For subdirectory, you should visit http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php.

Step Four – Set Up WordPress

By the time the installation is complete, you can now set up WordPress so it will work the way want to.

To help you understand how these various features and screens on the WordPress Administration Panels work you can check the image below as your guide.

If you need help for creating your user profile information, see the Users>Your Profile pages for guidance.

You can set the site name and other information of your own, go to Administration> Settings >General.

After you’ve published posts, you can perform a full edit or quick edit features in the Administration> Posts > Posts panel.


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