WordPress Installation Process
In the previous tutorial How to Develop WordPress Site – From Localhost to a Live Site (PART 1), you were able to:
- Download, install and configure a web server.
- Configure a WordPress database
- Download and prepare WordPress download for installation
In this PART 2, you will learn how to go about installing WordPress on your machine. To begin with here is a tit-bit about the web server you installed.
Whenever you install a web server, it always create a tree structure folder where it stores all the necessary files for it run properly. Among the folders it creates, is the root directory from where it runs all the installed website. In this case the root directory is the “htdocs”. As such, to make WordPress installation possible, you need to move the folder containing WordPress installation you renamed (in PART 1) as “techwalls101” and paste it into this “htdocs” folder.
You can find this folder by navigating to the local local disk C: where it is inside another folder named “xampp”. To get to it, go to “My Computer” double clicking on the local disk C, and then double clicking to open the “xampp” folder. Look for a folder by the name “htdocs”, open it and paste the folder you had named “techwalls101” there.
After you have moved the WordPress installation folder “techwalls101” to the root directory “htdocs”. The next phase is the installation process. Here is how to go about it.
Step 1: Launch your browser.
Step 2: Confirm that your web server is up and running by typing ‘localhost’ in the url bar. If it is up, it will bring you the xampp control panel.
Step 3: In the url bar type ‘localhost/techwalls101’. This, will bring you to a webpage informing you that the wp-config.php file is not configured. Click on the ‘Create a Configuration File’ to go to next window to do the configuration
Whenever you are making any installation, or when you want to view your site, this is the url that you will always be keying-in. If you want to make a different installation, you have to type ‘localhost/Name_of_the_site_in_the_root_folder’ for the site to be run by the web server. If you use a different name, the website will not be displayed.
Step 4: In the next window, you will be notified that you need to specify the following items namely; Database name, Database username, Database password,Database host and Table prefix so that you can continue with the installation process. To do this configuration, click on “Let’s go”.
Step 5: In the ‘Database Name’, enter the name of the database you created in PART 1. If you have forgotten the syntax you used, open a new window/tab, type localhost, then go to ‘phpMyAdmin’. In our case, the database name is “[email protected]”. Next enter the ‘user name’ as “root” since the installation is in the web server directory. Since we did not create a password during database creation, clear the password and leave it blank. Leave ‘Database Host’ and ‘Table Prefix’ with their default values i.e “localhost” and “wp_” respectively.
Step 6: Click on the ‘Submit’ button and in the next window, click on the ‘Run the install’ for WordPress to run its installation.
Step 7: When you click on the installation button, WordPress will run the installation process automatically after which it will bring forward another window where you should enter relevant details pertaining your website in order to complete the installation. These required details include: Site title, Username, password and Your E-mail address. Enter all this information correctly taking note of your username and password since they are the ones you will be using to access your account with.
Step 8: After you have entered the requested information, click on ‘Install WordPress’ to finish the installation process.
Step 9: When installation runs to completion, you will be presented with a login page where you should enter the username and password you had created to login into your site.
Congratulation!!! You have just created your first WordPress site. Take your time and study your new WordPress layout and get acquainted with the ‘Dashboard’.
In PART 3, you will be learning how to use different features of the ‘Dashboard’.