For those who haven’t heard, I’m a big fan of WordPress. It’s a great content management system! It’ll help you keep your site updated, and help you get blogging.Â If you’ve already got hosting, great! You can now setup WordPress on your own host. In fact, many of the sites I setup run on WordPress
If you do not have your own domain or hosting yet, I personally recommend getting hosting on:
Many hosts, like Bluehost, haveÂ Fantastico, which help you setup great utilities on your own host. If you have Fantastico on your host, checkÂ these great tutorialsÂ on setting up WordPress on your domain.
If you donâ€™t have Bluehost or other similar domains, there is also service that will install your WordPress blog FOR FREE – no strings attached. This is great! You must have your own domain and host already in order to use this service.
For those do-it-yourselfers, follow these instructions on how to install a wordpress blog on your own domain:
First, check to see if your host has a 1-click install. Bluehost and Dreamhost both have one-click installs. Check here for a list ofÂ other hosts with 1-click installs.
Otherwise, follow the steps belowâ€¦
1. Download the WordPress Package (http://www.worpdress.org/download).
Once the file has finished downloading, Unzip the file.
2. Connect to your domain via FTP. If you donâ€™t have an FTP program,Â download Filezilla. If you have trouble connecting to your site, you can contact your host for help setting up your FTP environment.
3. Create a database for WordPress on your web server. You will need to login to your host in order to do this. Make sure you keep ALL your database information in a safe place. If you do not know how to setup a database, contact your host directly.
4. Place the WordPress files in the desired location on your web server. For example, if you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), rename the folder you downloaded to “blog” and upload it to your web server.Â
If you have no idea what the above means, you have a few options:
1. contact your hosting company
2. hire someone
3. have someone do it for free : http://install4free.wordpress.net/
For a nice visual tutorial on setting up WordPress, go here :Â http://www.cre8d-design.com/wordpress.html