Installing WordPress, before 5 minutes

WordPress is a platform on which are mounted a lot of blogs, usually those that, after being with free providers -like Blogger-, want to have better control of their space.

It is said that it’s only needed 5 minutes to be installed, but understanding it takes a couple of hours the first time. It happens every time I do it again, I miss a step; so I feel that I ought to write this to call myself when needed, as with a lot of entries in this blog. Now it has evolved a lot the simplicity of e-government, including the search for files, installing plug-in, templates and new version’s update. Although I prefer to continue monitoring data from a FTP’s local manager like DreamWeaver and writing without connection using Live Writter.

Let’s see in this case the leading steps up to the famous 5 minutes:

1. Preliminary Matters: To use WordPress, you must have a domain and hosting fee, but to understand its working it is appropriate first to set up a blog on WordPress.com, which is free but under subdomain. In this case I will show Geofumadas.com’s case mounted on Cpanel and managed from DreamWeaver.

2. Download WordPress. Without much return, you must download it from the WordPress.org page; there is always a final version. Then the folder that we low in .zip format must be uncompressed.

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3. Configure FTP. For this, we will use DreamWeaver, before Macromedia, now Adobe.

First, let’s create an FTP connection to my Cpanel account, where I have paid the hosting. The username and password in this case are fictional, but they must have given to you by your hosting provider.

From Dreamweaver, select Site> Manage sites. Then we indicate that we will create a new site.

From the Panel, we are interested in the advanced option Local Info categoryclip_image002

We indicate the name, in this case Geofumadas

And the local directory, which can be in this case “My documents/webgeofumadas”

Then in the remote management category we select:

type: FTP

Name of lodging: geofumadas.com

Cpanel User: geo

Password de Cpanel: Fumadas21

Cpanel Password: Fumadas21

If the test button it responds well, we’re on track, if not, it can be a firewall problem or we have bad data of user and password.

Once completed, select OK, then done.

4 Upload WordPress.

If the connection is fine, when we press the remote connection we can see the space we are paying all its guts out.

It should fine to download public_html folder with Get files button, then we see this directory on our local disk, and there we placed all folders and files from the downloaded compressed WordPress. (Not the folder) but its contents.

To upload, go back to DreamWeaver, where surely we can see it, we select all these files and upload them with the green button put files.

clip_image003It must have patience, because they are quite a few files, and more than one can take time depending on the type of connection you have.

5. Verify everything went up.

It often happens that there are problems when installing because a file was not copied, so it is appropriate to verify that everything went up completely.

For this, select the public_html folder, do right click from the mouse and select the synchronize option.

With this, the system will look if there are files that are not up, and finally ask for the upgrade option or appear the wonderful message that there is nothing to sync. Do not do this with an FTP manager, it can be difficult to know if everything is in order, although it is clear that from Cpanel can be made as compressed and decompress up there.

The following are the famous … 5 minutes. We’ll see in another post.

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