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The Wordpress installation is extremely easy. After having setup the database and MAMP server on the previous page, this install should run without any issues. Have your database name, username (created previously), and password handy.

Note: This tutorial demonstrates installation of WordPress version 3.2.1

1. Initiate WordPress Install

To start the WordPress installation, you will first need to navigate to the Wordpress folder on your server through your web browser. The address should be similar, if not identical, to the one below. Type the URL into the address bar of your browser and hit enter.

2. Create Configuration File

The first page of the installation is generated by WordPress alerting you that a configuration file is missing. The configuration file holds all the system information that WordPress needs to interact with the database. This message is completely normal so do not panic. Obviously the file is not found because it has not been created yet. For now, click “Create a Configuration File” and continue with the installation.

Note: This message may also be displayed at times after installation if for some reason you accidentally deleted the configuration file.

3. Required Info.

As I briefly stated in the introduction of this section, you will need some items for the installation to continue. WordPress lists them for you so make sure you collect them before continuing.

4. Database Information

Input the information from the database setup. The following image is what I used for this tutorial. Yours will be different depending on how you setup your database. However leave the Database Host as “localhost” and the Table Prefix as “wp_”. Localhost is the address of the database we created in MAMP since it is running locally on the computer. The Table Prefix is the characters that all WordPress tables in the database begin with. Since we are using one database for several CMS’s, we need to make sure we have unique tables for each CMS. If for some reason multiple CMS’s have the same table names this will corrupt your table set.

Note: When you run the installation on the web you will need to double check the address of your database. With BlueHost all files are on your server space so you can leave localhost as the address. However with certain hosting companies that have outsourced or separate database servers, you will have to specify the database address when doing the online installation. You may need to contact your hosting company for that information.

5. Run Setup

After providing your correct database information you are ready to install WordPress. Click “Run the install” and sit back while the magic happens.

6. Setup Site

You will now name your WordPress site and create your first user. This first user will be an Administrator user for WordPress. The Admin will have the rights to administer all functions of WordPress including editing of all comments and posts regardless who created them. I suggest creating this user, writing down the information and then only using the Admin when needed. Create an additional user for yourself to help keep Administrator functions and authoring separate. This is also a good ethical practice if you are using a WordPress installation with multiple authors or in an organization with multiple users.

After creating your Admin user you will receive a confirmation message.

7. Log In

Log In with the Admin user to access the dashboard and verify the installation was successful. If you are taking my previous suggestion, once in the Dashboard click on Users in the left side column and create an additional user for yourself.

9. Finished

Pretty simple right? WordPress has really made an effort to making the installation as painless as possible. The wizard guides you through the process without requiring any hard coding. We will save all the coding for later! For now if you want to access your local Wordpress site, simply type in the URL from Step 1. As of now WordPress thinks the localhost:8888/Wordpress folder is the root folder of the site. This is fine for now and we will discuss setting up the root in theme creation.

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