How to Manually Set Up a WordPress Blog

by WorkFromHome on October 1, 2011

The numbers show a pretty clear case for WordPress being the most popular content management system on the Internet for new websites. Because WordPress is so popular, many web hosting companies have options in their control panels to automatically install it. Unfortunately, not all web hosting plans offer this functionality, and WordPress can be somewhat difficult to install manually if you don’t have some level of technical knowledge. In what follows, we’re going to walk you through everything you need to do to get WordPress up and running so that you can start to make money blogging without having to rely on automatic installers.

The Benefits of Using WordPress

Before you even start this process, you need to know if WordPress is right for you. In general, WordPress is known for making it really easy to create blog-type websites. However, what’s not so known about this content management system is that it can be used to create regular websites as well. In fact, WordPress is one of the few content management systems that have been specially designed to do both. If you don’t know anything about building a website, WordPress has you covered with a huge selection of themes and plugins that can be installed with a few simple clicks of a mouse. People who are working from home benefit greatly from these types of features since that means more of their time can be spent making money online.

Setting Up Your Web Hosting

There are a few simple requirements to be able to run WordPress on a web hosting plan. First, you’re going to need PHP to be enabled. There are only a few web hosting companies that don’t offer this, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure before you pay. Second, you need to have access to MySQL databases, including the ability to create databases, assign users and connect. Again, most web hosting companies offer this in all of their packages, but you need to be completely sure before you get started.

Once you have a hosting plan picked out, you’ll want to get a domain as well. People who are trying to make money online with a blog need to have their own domain name. Having your own domain helps you so much in the search engines that it’s hard to even describe. Making money with a free blog on a subdomain is possible, but it’s very limited and you will never have the same legitimacy as having your own domain.

Getting WordPress Uploaded to Your Server

At the WordPress.org website, you’ll find a big button that allows you to download the latest version of WordPress. You can usually download it in a .gz or .zip format, but .zip tends to be easier for most people. Unzip this file on your home computer, and upload all of the individual files and folders to your web hosting using either FTP or a web-based file uploader. If your web hosting supports it, you can sometimes simply upload the zip file itself and unzip it on the server. Either way, you’ll want all of the files in the root of the domain or in a folder that you have decided will hold the blog.

Installing WordPress

Before you get to the installation step, there’s an extra step that you’ll need to do. Go in your web hosting control panel and create a new MySQL database. Add a user to the database if you need to, and give the user full permissions. Make a note of the database name, the username that you created for the database, your password to the database, and the hostname for the database. Next, open the file wp-config-sample.php in a text editor and add those four pieces of information where they’re asked for. Save this file as wp-config.php and upload it to your server. Now you’re almost finished.

Finally, open your web browser and navigate to the web address where you have uploaded the files for WordPress. Follow the directions on the screen, and you will have WordPress set up in a matter of seconds. Now it’s time to start blogging!

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