How to Install WordPress
What is WordPress?
WordPress is a web log (or blog) system that allows you to post your thoughts
online easily. A simple interface allows you to write your formatted text and
publish it online. You can also edit or delete a blog post. Your visitors may
also comment on your posts. You can control the level of membership your visitors
may have in order to comment.
WordPress had been formerly known as b2 but
now all download links are pointing to older
WordPress downloads at SourceForge.
We have also found another web log called b2Evolution
which we have a tutorial for.
To use WordPress, you need to be sure your CGI account is set up. Please
see How To Request A CGI Account
for more information. You may also need to have a MySQL account set up if the
script accesses a MySQL database. Most PHP-based scripts require this. Please
see How To Request A MySQL Database.
You will also need to download a copy of
WordPress. The version used in this tutorial was 2.7.
IMPORTANT SECURITY NOTE!|
Always be sure you have
installed the latest updates and/or patches for the script as well as for any
additional add-ons. Updates are very important
to the security and proper
functioning of the script! Our instructions may be for earlier versions of
scripts due to the fact that we are not able to keep up with updates to every
script at all times. It is still up to the domain owner to install and use the
latest version of these scripts.
It's important that you follow the WordPress Upgrade Tutorial
if you are upgrading to the latest version of wordpress.
Remember that only your main account can access CGI scripts on your server. Any
hosting or extra FTP accounts that access these scripts may cause your account
to be deactivated and you'll have to contact
For WordPress to work correctly, please do not put it or it's directories inside
your cgi-bin directory. If you do, the script may not work. It's best to use a
separate directory and leave the cgi-bin directory for your smaller scripts.
Extract the files into a directory on your hard drive.
Open the file wp-config-sample.php in a text editor and edit the following lines:
Change 'putyourdbnamehere' to your domain name without the dot; for example,
yourdomaincom. NOTE: If this name ends up being longer than 16 characters,
then use the first 16 characters. For example if your domain is
thisismydomainname.com then your database name is thisismydomainna.
Replace 'usernamehere' with your domain name without the dot; for example,
yourdomaincom. Note that this is also the same as your database name.
Replace 'yourpasswordhere' with your MySQL password.
Leave all the other values as-is. Save the file as wp-config.php.
Create a 'wordpress' (without quote marks) directory in the root directory of your
CGI server and upload all files and directories you extracted from the WordPress archive
to the new wordpress directory on your CGI server.
Point your browser to http://cgi.yourdomain.com/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php
replacing yourdomain.com with your actual domain name.
Be sure to read every screen carefully while setting up WordPress. Type in the name of
your blog in the Blog Title box. Type in your email
adddress in the Your E-Mail box. Click the Install WordPress
On the next screen you will see a username and password.
Write the username and password down. You will need them to log in and
set up your blog. Click the Log In button. Type in the username and
password you got on the previous screen and click the Log In button.
To change the administrator you need to create a new admin account and delete the
old one. To do this, click on Users in the left side menu. Click Add New
under the Users in the left side menu. Type in the information requested. In the
Role drop down box, select Administrator. Now click the Add User
button. Click the Log Out button at the top right of the page and then log in
as the new user you just created. Note that usernames and passwords are case sensitive.
Click on Users in the left side menu. Click the check box next to "admin" user.
Note the Bulk Actions drop down box. Click on it and select Delete and then
click the Apply button. Be sure "Delete all posts and links." is selected and click
the Confirm Deletion Button.
Wordpress is now set up. You can explore other options by referring to the WordPress
documentation and help system.
I get a database error when I try to run WordPress.
Be sure that you have set up the configuration properly. For more information, please see
I get a database error when I try to run a script that accesses the MySQL database.
If you have any problems or questions about WordPress, please contact
the author at the WordPress web site.
Active Web Hosting may not be able to provide support for this program or it's
Below you'll find a list of alternative software that you may also want to try.
Click on the program name to go to the author's site. Click on the 'Tutorial'
link to view our installation tutorial.