How to set up a Wordpress Blog

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This was presented by me on 2008-02-01 in the Free and Open Source Conference held at Chennai, India under the auspices of Indian Linux Users Group and National Resource Centre for Free and Open Source Software, Government of India.

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How to set up a Wordpress Blog

  1. 1. Why Blog? Push-Button Publishing Let the World know what you think!
  2. 2. Where? http://Blogger.com/ http://yournick.blogspot.com/
  3. 3. Blogger ● Google stable ● Hosted solution ● No constraints ● Customisable
  4. 4. WordPress.com ● Hosted solution ● Uses WordPress MU ● Themes: yes ● Customisable: NO
  5. 5. WordPress.com ● Plugins: No ● CSS tweaking: No ● Widgets: NO ● Custom-localisation: No ● Javascript: NO
  6. 6. WordPress ● FOSS software ● Downloadable from http://wordpress.org/ ● PHP + MySQL ● To be self-hosted ● Total Freedom!
  7. 7. What you need ● A domain name ● .in < Rs.200 p.a ● .com... < Rs.500 p.a ● Select a good Registrar
  8. 8. What you need ● A good webhost ● Webspace: >100 mb ● PHP version > 4.3 ● MySQL version > 4 ● FTP
  9. 9. What you need ● PHP Apache configuration ● “fopen” enabled ● Not in “safe mode” ● Apache mod_rewrite module installed
  10. 10. Set it up ● Create MySql database ● Note db name, username & pw ● Configure FTP client
  11. 11. First Steps ● Download latest version from http://wordpress.org/ ● Unzip the compressed package ● Read readme.html
  12. 12. First Steps ...
  13. 13. First Steps ...
  14. 14. Initialize ● Rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php ● Open config.php in an editor ● Fill in your db details ● Configure advanced settings
  15. 15. Config.php // ** MySQL settings ** // define('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere'); // The name of the database define('DB_USER', 'usernamehere'); // Your MySQL username define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere'); // ...and password define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8'); define('DB_COLLATE', '');
  16. 16. Config.php ... // You can have multiple installations in one database if you give each a unique prefix $table_prefix = 'wp_'; // Only numbers, letters, and underscores please! // Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the // chosen language must be installed to wp-content/languages. // For example, install ta.mo to wp-content/languages and set WPLANG to 'ta' // to enable Tamil language support. define ('WPLANG', '');
  17. 17. Installation ● Select root or subdirectory ● Upload WP files thru FTP ● Keep WP directory structure ● Create .htaccess file & upload
  18. 18. 5-Minute install! ● Point browser to: http://yourwpdir/wp-admin/install.php ● Enter desired blog title ● Fill in your email ID ● Allow blog to search engines
  19. 19. Done!
  20. 20. Admin area
  21. 21. Admin profile
  22. 22. General options
  23. 23. Reading options
  24. 24. Write a post
  25. 25. Themes
  26. 26. More themes ● http://themes.wordpress.net/ ● Select themes, d/l & unzip ● Put in blogdir/wp-content/themes ● Go to yourblog/wp-admin/ ● Select theme in Presentation
  27. 27. Plugins ● Go to http://wordpress.org/ ● Extend => Plugins ● Search using tags ● Read and understand ● Select, D/L and unzip
  28. 28. Plugins ... ● Upload to: yourblogdir/wp-content/plugins/ ● Go to Admin => Plugin ● Activate selected plugin ● Go to options and configure
  29. 29. Plugins ...
  30. 30. Advanced ● Read the WP Veda - “Codex” at http://codex.wordpress.org/ ● A wiki updated regularly ● Frequent the forums at http://wordpress.org/support/
  31. 31. Advanced ... ● Write “Pages” ● Tweak themes with CSS ● Provide navigation ● Backup regularly
  32. 32. Blogging tips ● Decide on the focus ● Write a niche blog ● Update regularly ● Moderate comments
  33. 33. Blogging tips ... ● Reply to comments ● Write original stuff ● Use pictures and video ● Link to citations ● Don't indulge in flaming
  34. 34. Blog traffic ● Comment on others' blogs ● Subscribe to pinging and blog networking sites viz: ● Technorati ● MyBlogLog ● BlogCatalog
  35. 35. Blog traffic ... ● Publish in Feedburner ● Tag the posts properly ● Flaunt your blog in all social networking and bookmarking sites viz: Digg, Del.icio.us etc. and in your profile and sig.
  36. 36. In your language ● Set language in config.php ● Download wordpress.pot ● Gettext is used for I18N & L10N ● Use Poedit for translation ● Upload ta.mo to /wp-content/language
  37. 37. Contact me! S.K http://www.cyberbrahma.com/ skichu@gmail.com
  38. 38. Thank you!

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