By giving you a small clue to the biggest part of your new life, we are going to take a little look at the innards of WordPress.org. I don’t mind telling you that blogging can take over a big part of your life once you get started.
To start correctly you really need to understand how the basic platform works and what you can find in various sections of the basic program and what you might have to look for in other plug-ins and widgets. WordPress is the ultimate in mix and match.
Let’s look at WordPress from a newcomer’s point of view.
For that we need to have WordPress installed either on your pc at home or on your host on the World Wide Web.
If you want to install it on your own PC you will need to install a server packet on your PC. You can use either Xampp or Wamp as your server on your PC and then install WordPress. You will need to download the WordPress file.
Now you need to install this file on your PC or on the host file. I am going to install on a host server, and I am going to use Hostgator as an example of a host server as that is where I mostly go with domains. It’s inexpensive and it allows you to pay on a monthly basis.
Once you have your hosting account and your domain name, which has been pointed to your servers you need to log into your account. Ok Log into your Host and go to the panel to find the “smiley face” of Fantastic de Luxe in the software services.
Click on it and then go to the left hand side. Find the WordPress link. You are now going to install WordPress on your domain. Next find the domain name and access your domain name data and choose both a password and a name for this.
Remember to make and keep a note of these passwords and names. Do not use the same names for everything but make a special file where you keep all your info. I would also suggest that you either keep these on a remote server as well or write them in your diary offline. This way if your PC crashes you wouldn’t have lost them all. Believe me it happens. Now we need to do the Base configuration. This is where we choose what identity we are going to use in our posts as well as the email id and the domain name of the blog. Once you have that all filled in, click on the install. Send the email for all this info to yourself and one off your pc email address. (That’s a backup).
The install can take a few minutes so be patient. Once it’s installed, we will log in using the name and password we entered earlier. You should land in your dashboard.
Ok set up your dashboard in WordPress now and find the theme you want to add.
Now you need to have an FTP uploader. I use one I purchased called WS_FTP_home but a free one that is available is FileZilla.
Upload your main file for your theme. Go to appearances in the dashboard and click on Add new theme. It will ask you to upload your chosen theme. Upload the zipped file you have downloaded when you choose your theme. Now click on install.
You should now continue installing whatever modifications you want to get into your theme.
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