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Wordpress Lesson 2 - Install

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We are now going to install Wordpress on your local server so you can to use the system and learn how it functions and what you can do with it. The first thing we need to do is to install all the programs we mentioned in our previous lesson. So go ahead and install the version of the tool related to your computer setup. After installing the various tools it is time to download the latest version of Wordpress from the Wordpress website at https://wordpress.org/. Go to that website and in the top right corner is a button "Download Wordpress". Click and that will take you to this page https://wordpress.org/download/. In the right side bar is another button that says Download Wordpress 4.7.2. Just below the button is a link Download .tar.gz — 7.6 MB. Click on that and download the file and save it somewhere on your computer.

The most important tool you need to install is WAMP and it is a web server for hosting websites but on your local PC. Install this program and depending on your system it can either be the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version. If you chose the 64-bit version then the program will creates a folder in the root directory of your hard drive. So for most systems it will be C:\wamp64. Next you have to install 7-zip so you can extract the contents of the Wordpress archive. Once installed there are various ways to extract the content of the Wordpress archive but the easiest would just be to navigate to the folder where you saved the Wordpress Archive. Right click the archive and choose 7-zip >> open archive. The 7-zip file manager will open and you will see the tar file. Doublle click on that and it will extract the files and you should see one folder called wordpress. Now using windows explorer navigate to C:\wamp64 and double click on the www folder. With both 7-zip and Windows explorer open drag and drop the wordpress folder from 7-zip to the C:\wamp64\www folder.

Now open your favorite browser and enter the following in the address bar http://localhost. The WAMPSEVER homepage will open. Before we can install Wordpress we need to create a database on your local machine. With WAMP manager open click on the link phpmyadmin in the first column of the three bottom rows and it is marked Tools. This will open a page with a login and you should just use the default settings which is user root with no password.Once you are in the program you will see two panes. A left pane with some menu items and a right pane with drop down boxes and other information. For now don't worry about any of that. In the right pane at the top are what looks like buttons and the first is Databases. Click on that and on the next page just below the heading 'Databases' enter a new name for a database (call it anything you like but remember what it is). Leave the collation drop down as is and click on the Create button. The databse is created and on the left pane you should see it in the list of databases.

Now open your browser and go to http://localhost. The WAMPSEVER homepage will open. Now click on the wordpress folder. The Wordpress setup configuration page opens up. Choose your language and click continue. Then you are given some information which you can read if you want. Click on the Let's Go button. On the next page enter the information for your database. The name you chose when you created the database, user name would be root, password is empty field, database host is localhost and leave the prefix as is and click on the 'Submit' button. On the next page click 'Run the install' button.

The installation is done. Now you must give information about the site. Enter the information as you see fit but write it down so you have it. Especially the user name and password as you will need that to log in. Once you have entered the info click the button 'Install Wordpress' and wait for the process to complete. Once done you are able to log in using the user name and password you chose.

Your Wordpress site is now installed. In the next lesson we teach you how to customize the website and how to add content.

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