Preinstallation Preparations and Why Use WordPress for Your Blog
After updating your domain name’s nameservers, you will have to wait for a few minutes or hours before your domain and hosting to collate or bind. Visit your domain through a web browser (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.) to check out if your domain has finally picked up the details of your name servers. If the page displayed is full of ads, then your domain hasn’t picked up your name server details yet. On the other hand, if the page displayed shows a list of files and folders, we are ready to roll and proceed with the next step.
Page display when nameservers are not yet updated:
Page display when nameservers are updated. Domain and hosting to collate or bind:
Before we can install wordpress script on your domain, you will need to visit the official website of wordpress and download the wordpress script. You will download a compressed file and will need an extraction tool like WinRar. You can download and learn more about the tool in this page – About and Download WinRar. Download wordpress script, extract or decompress the file and save it in your computer for the actual installation process.
Why Use WordPress?
You might be wondering why I am recommending the use wordpress script as the CMS (Content Management System) for your blogs. Here are some good reasons why wordpress is best to use:
- Easy set up or installation
- User friendly interface or easy to use.
- Full controll over your posts and uploads
- SEO features such as tags and customized permalinks
- Availability of Professional WordPress themes
- Availability widgets and plugins for your wordpress blogs
Database and User Creation
You will also need to create a database and create a user for the database in your hosting account. This is needed for wordpress installation and configuration of your blog. You will need to log in to your hosting account. In your hosting account, go to MySQL Databases and create a database and database user. For hostgator hosting account, you will need add the user to the database that you created.
Save your database name, database user and database user password.
Configure Your WordPress Config File
Open the wordpress script folder that you downloaded that contains the script files and locate the wp-config-sample.php file. Open this file with a Notepad and make the following changes:
- Replace putyourdbnamehere with your database name
- Replace usernamehere with the database user that you created
- Replace yourpasswordhere with the password of the database user that you created
- Save and close the file and rename it to wp-config.php
That’s it! Those are the preparations that you need to do before the actual installation of wordpress script on your blog.