Self-Hosted Wordpress Installation Tutorial

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A tutorial on how to install Wordpress for a self-hosted blog as presented at the FORUM14 by FLBlogCon. This tutorial uses Liquidweb as the hosting provider, but the process is similar for other hosting providers.

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Self-Hosted Wordpress Installation Tutorial

  1. 1. Self-Hosting Your Blog Made Easy Tutorial for Wordpress Download the Presentation at... www.orlandowaterhole.com/forum2014 Ben Reed - OrlandoWaterHole.com Subscribe on iTunes!
  2. 2. What You Will Need • Patience • Time (60 minutes “ish”) • $15.00 for your domain name • $66 - $179 for your storage space • FTP Uploader - Filezilla, Dreamweaver
  3. 3. 9 Steps 1. Choose a Domain 5. Edit One File 2. Buy Your Domain & Hosting Provider 6. Upload WordPress to Your Server 3. Set-Up Your Database 7. Install WordPress 4. Download WordPress 9. Download Plugins 8. Install a Theme
  4. 4. 1. Choose a Domain www.yourname.com Your brand name is your most valuable asset. Don’t underestimate it’s understandability, memorability and searchability. Choose it wisely.
  5. 5. 2. Buy Your Domain & Hosting Provider It’s the best $15 you’ll ever spend! Buying a domain claims that address as yours, but you need to pay a hosting provider to put content on that domain!
  6. 6. 3. Set-up Your Database (Where all your blog’s content is stored) You are going to do 3 things: Create a database, create a username & password and then add that user to the database.
  7. 7. Write this down!
  8. 8. And this too!
  9. 9. Now, add the user you created, to the database you created!
  10. 10. And check all these...
  11. 11. 4. Download WordPress WordPress.org... not WordPress.com WordPress is the standard for blogging.
  12. 12. 5. Edit One File DON’T TOUCH anything you’re not told to. Seriously, only type what you are told to type.
  13. 13. You can’t fail if you follow the handy guide!
  14. 14. Ready... Fire... Aim Actually, read this first, Ready... Aim... Fire!
  15. 15. You know how to change a file name, right?
  16. 16. Just in case you were too shy to raise your hand! :-)
  17. 17. Don’t celebrate yet, it’s about to get harder...
  18. 18. You’re going to edit the code!!!
  19. 19. You remembered to write this information down, didn’t you?
  20. 20. Don’t miss this step!
  21. 21. Copy and paste all of this
  22. 22. Before
  23. 23. After Then save!
  24. 24. 6. Upload WordPress to Your Server The most complicated part. FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. Content on your desktop, is uploaded to your server.
  25. 25. Provided by your hosting provider Look! this is empty! And this is empty too!
  26. 26. Your Computer Your Server
  27. 27. Right-click the entire folder & upload See... this part is still empty Uploading puts files from your computer, to the server.
  28. 28. But not anymore.
  29. 29. 7. Install WordPress Take it one step at a time. Follow the handy-dandy guide slowly, and you’ll be just fine.
  30. 30. Change “example.com” to “yourdomain.com”
  31. 31. What you’ll use to login to WordPress moving forward. Write it down.
  32. 32. Tada!
  33. 33. Save this address to login in the future.
  34. 34. The control center for your blog.
  35. 35. 8. Install a Theme Make your blog look pretty. Free themes provide basic features, investing in a paid theme provides your blog with some originality and flexibility. Start with themeforest.net and woothemes.com
  36. 36. 9. Download Plugins They’re like bling for your blog. It’s easy to go overboard installing plugins. Keep them essential. Every blogger has their favorites. Ask around!
  37. 37. How Do I... • Convert my wordpress.com to self-hosted? • http://en.support.wordpress.com/site-redirect/ • http://www.labnol.org/internet/switch-from-bloggerto-wordpress/9707/ • Convert my blogger.com to self-hosted? • Rebrand my blog and move it’s content? • http://www.howto301redirect.com
  38. 38. Self-Hosting Your Blog Made Easy Tutorial for Wordpress Download the Presentation at... www.orlandowaterhole.com/forum2014 Ben Reed - OrlandoWaterHole.com Subscribe on iTunes!

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