In this lesson we will download and install WordPress on the test server, we created in the previous lessons. This could also be applied to an online hosted server, where you would need to upload the WordPress software to your website home folder. If your chosen web host offers a one click script installer parts of this lesson will still be of interest. One click installers will normally set up the WordPress database, begin the installation automatically and configure the server to run WordPress.
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To start the lesson open a web browser and go to http://www.wordpress.org
On the WordPress home page click download WordPress this will be the latest version available. Click Download WordPress. Click OK to save the file. The download has completed the file now needs to be decompressed. Right click the file. Select Extract to .. Open the decompressed folder. Right click the WordPress folder. Click Copy. Right click anywhere in the XAMPP>htdocs folder and click Paste. The WordPress folder will be copied into the htdocs folder. The WordPress folder has been copied, we now need to open a web browser to start the WordPress install. Type in localhost/wordpress and press enter. Click Create a Configuration file. Configuration file has been created click Let’s Go to continue. Fill in the details for the MySQL database connection. Username, Password and click Submit. Click Run the Install. Fill in Site Title. Fill in Password. Email address. Click Install WordPress. Install complete click Log in.
Fill in your username and password. Click Log in. Log in will take you to the back end of your website to see how the new site looks right click the site title. Click Open link in New Tab. Click the new tab. The front end of the new site, it is beneficial to have the site open in two tabs Front end and back end. As you can switch from one to the other to see how changes effect your site in real time.
In the next lesson we will look at the components of the sites back end (the dashboard).