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Now that all the tools have been explained it is time to get started with the Installation. I have documented the steps I took to make this site work. None of the theme integration will be discussed in this post, just the structural setup so that the themes can be created. At the end of this post all CMS’s will be setup and running locally. If you wish to also repeat the steps you can install the CMS’s online knowing that they will still be in separate folders and have their default themes.

This post is a bit long so make sure you read all pages. If following along with the theming tutorial make sure you set aside at least an hour of time to complete this whole section of the tutorial. I will dedicate each page of the post to a particular installation. This is a general installation and documents my installation of the three CMS’s locally. I did not run into any errors and if you need advanced help I suggest visiting the official CMS’s site at any time.

Before I jump right into installing the Content Management Systems (CMS), I want to go through each one and explain the concepts behind them. This post may be boring to some of you but really needs to be explained. I hope this post will help you understand what each CMS does to support my site vision. I will also explain the services I am using for traffic analysis on this site along as the software I used to create this site.

At the beginning of this summer I decided I was going to undertake seriously redesigning my website. I have been involved in web design for almost 15 years, although it was always a part-time hobby and never a full-time passion. Most of the sites in the past were for family or local organizations and of course myself. I have had a personal website for quite some time but was never really sure which direction I wanted to take it. Was it going to be a blog? Was it going to show off my achievements or hobbies? Or was it going to allow people to connect with me? All of these questions were floating around in the back of my mind and ultimately I wanted one site that could do it all. I knew that my basic skills would need to be revamped and I would need to spearhead this project with focus and direction in order to achieve my goal. Over the next few posts I will discuss the web development process and hope I can help others who are faced with the same challenges ahead.

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