How to Setup WordPress on Your Tech Blog
It’s a bit ironic that I would need to explain how to setup WordPress for someone that wants to develop tech-related content, but I’ve promised to guide you from the ground up so let’s begin. WordPress is a blogging platform that just happens to be my personal favorite. Some people will argue that WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS), but I’ll refrain from entering that argument and just say that it is a great tool that allows me to publish content on the web quickly and efficiently. Once you’ve registered your domain and chosen your web great number your next step is setting up WordPress. Hopefully you’ve taken my advice and signed up with Bluehost, but for the purpose of this tutorial I will assume you took a different route.
If your hosting company does not offer a WordPress automatic installation you will need to start by verifying you have FTP access. Personally I use a free piece of software called Filezilla to manage my FTP accounts, but feel free to use CuteFTP, SmartFTP, Fetch or any FTP software you are comfortable using. Now that you have FTP software installed and you have verified that you are able to connect to your web server using the login credentials given by your web great number it is time to download WordPress here. The default download of WordPress will be a zip file that you will need to extract prior to transferring to your webspace via FTP. While connected using your FTP software you will need to decide where you want to install WordPress, but by default it should be within the httpdocs or public_html folder. If you plan on building a traditional website and simply want to incorporate your Tech Blog as one aspect of the site then you will need to create a new folder inside the httpdocs or public_html folder. It is now time to move the files you extracted from the WordPress.zip download.
At this point things might get a little tricky for the novice, but I have faith in you so pay close attention and we’ll get you by the next step. Inside the control panel on your web great number will be a link to MySQL Databases. WordPress is built on a SQL database – every post, title, comment, category and tag is stored into a record in this database and that text is dynamically called upon via php code to render the blog (don’t worry if that didn’t make much sense, sometimes I get carried away). So now you are within the MySQL section of your control panel on your web great number – now it’s time to create a database. You will need to remember the name of the database, the username and the password. This information will be necessary in the next step of the time of action.
It’s time to jump back to your FTP client and edit the wp-config-sample.php file. The first step will be renaming the file by right clicking /rename, followed by right clicking and choosing edit. This should open a text editor (notepad is my personal favorite) and allow you to change the fields. If you are confused about any of the fields, WordPress.org has put together this handy guide here. The last step in setting up WordPress for your tech blog is simply going to the install page which will be something like [http://www.yourblogname.com/wp-admin/install.php] – be sure to replace “yourblogname” with the domain name you registered. If you decided to install WordPress in another location like I mentioned above it would be [http://www.yourblogname.com/folder/wp-admin/install.php] – the “folder” would be the directory name you transferred the files to.