Tutorial: How to Install WordPress

10 06 2011

WordPress is a great solution for people in need of a website or blog, though installing WordPress can be a bit tricky.  Luckily for many people, hosting providers are beginning to roll out one button installs of WordPress  Joomla, Drupal and more.  This is obviously the easiest way to go about doing this, which you can generally find in your hosting options.  The down side of this is it can take quite awhile for them to be created, and let’s be honest, it’s just not as fun.  The following example is using GoDaddy hosting, other hosting services may look a bit different.

To install a WordPress site yourself, you will need a few things: a hosting account, FTP access and a mysql database.

1. First things first, you will need to download the WordPress install files from http://www.wordpress.org

2.  Extract these so you have a WordPress folder.

3.  Go into your hosting account and setup a mysql database.

4. Once here, create your database, use mysql5 if you have the option.  In GoDaddy all you will need to fill out is the Database name/User Name and the Password.

5. Once created, you can view the information associated with the Database on the next page after submitting.  Note: it can take a few minutes for it to setup.

6. Leave this window open and find the files that you  downloaded earlier.  You will find a file called wp-config-sample.php.  Rename this file to wp-config and open it up in a text editor.

7. Within this file you will see a few familiar fields associated with your database that you created:

According to our information from setting up the database, we would simply replace the lower case single quote areas with the following:

DB Name: exampledbblog
DB User: exampledbblog
Password **Whatever you set it to
DB Host: exampledbblog.db.7050107.hostedresource.com

8. Once this is done, simply login to your ftp and upload the files to your web space.  If you need to find your ftp information, you can do so through your hosting(similarto setting up your database)

9. Once all of your files are uploaded, visit the domain that you uploaded your files to(you may have to navigate to a subfolder if you put them there).  You will then see a wordpress setup page in which you create your user name, password and email associated with the site.

10. Take a deep breath, you are done!





SEO WordPress plugins to make your life easier

13 12 2010

Are you one of the 17 million WordPress powered blogs or websites out there?  If so, have you done your part to optimize it?  If you haven’t yet, do not fret.  The following is a list of 5 fairly awesome WordPress plugins that can help simplify this process and boost your search results.

All in one SEO

This plug-in can canonicalize your site or blog, add analytics tracking code, change your permalinks to readable urls and allow you to modify your title and meta tags.  If you’re lazy they will even generate them for you!

Redirection

Redirection is a WordPress plug-in to manage 301 redirections, keep track of 404 errors, and generally tidy up any loose ends your site may have. This is particularly useful if you are migrating pages from an old website, or are changing the directory of your WordPress installation(which can be a huge hassle).

SEO friendly Images

If your images do not have ALT and TITLE already set, SEO Friendly Images will add them according to the options you set.  Additionally this makes the post W3C/xHTML valid.

Sitemap Generator

This plug-in will allow you to generate an xml sitemap for your blog or website, but also offers options through WordPress to customize it.

SEO Smart Links

This plug-in allows you the option of linking pages to certain keywords or phrases residing on your website or blog.  It also includes nofollow link options.  No more need to manually tread through your website and set-up your internal anchor text!








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