WordPress is a free and open-source blogging tool and publishing platform powered by PHP and MySQL. Many people use it due to its focus on aesthetics and web standards, but also for its usability.
You can install WordPress multiple ways, but this article goes over the Manual Installation Method. If you are doing an install through WebMatrix please use follow this link for the appropriate article:
1. Download the WordPress Installation Files:
WordPress Download (Free)
2. Save the folder to your desktop (or another location you can easily get to).
3. Create a MySQL database to be used (if you have not done so already).
4. Upload the files to your server via FTP into the domain webroot folder.
- Be sure to extract the files before uploading if they are zipped. You will want to upload the contents of the "wordpress" folder.
- If you are trying to run WordPress on a Sub Directory, move the contents to that folder instead
(ex. you are trying to use blog.yourdomain.com, you would upload the data to yourdomain.com/webroot/blog)
5. Next you run the install.php file in a web-browser. The url you target depends on where you uploaded the files in the previous step:
- If you installed the WordPress folder to your webroot for the domain, you would use the following (just replace "youromdain.com" with your own domain):
- If you installed WordPress to a Sub Folder, use the this instead (replace "yourdomain.com" with your domain, and "blog" with the folder you want to target):
Note: If you have not pointed your domain toward GearHost add .v3.cloudsites.gearhost.com to the end of your domain to preview it.
6. Running this file presents you with the following:
7. Click on Create Configuration File.
8. Click on "Let's go!". You will be presented with the following:
All of these (except the Table Prefix, which is not necessary for this process) were generated in step 3 of this article, when you generated a MySQL database. You can view this information by viewing the details of the database you created in step 3 inside the myCloud control panel. Replace all the information below with your own.
- Database Name: Listed next to "Database Details" and is also same as "Database User"
- Database User: Same as above.
- Password: Database Password
- Database Host: DB Server Location (Ex. mysql#.cloudsites.gearhost.com)
9. Input the data you have for your database, then click submit.
10. Click the Install button.
You will see a progress bar on the screen, then you will then be taken to the following page:
11. Create your settings, and make note of your username and password. Click Install WordPress
12. Once the install completes, click the Log In button to login and begin using WordPress with your site.