Hello everyone welcome to another WordPress tutorial by this point you’re familiar with what is wordpress ?and perhaps you’re convinced that it’s worth giving a try so how can you have your own copy of word press to click around in an experiment with well you have three primary options option one is wordpress.com which I will explain in detail in just a moment.
Option two is to sign up for web hosting which I will explain in detail in just a moment and finally option three is to simply install WordPress on your computer so let’s now explain these in detail so option one is wordpress.com which I won’t explain in too great of detail because I don’t want this video to become a commercial for or against wordpress.com.
So for now i will just say this if you’re interested in getting your hands on WordPress and you want to experiment with posts and pages and you want it today this our this minute you can’t be wordpress.com beyond that all i can say is that it’s up to each individual website owner business to perform their own research and decide which route makes the most sense for them so let’s move on to option number two which is signing up for web hosting.
Now there is a virtually limitless number of web host out they’re all competing for your business and I’m not going to endorse any of them there are exceptions to the rule but in general you get what you pay for when it comes to web hosting so I’ll let you decide what an appropriate budget is for your web hosting one of the main things you want to look for is that the web host advertises that they support wordpress or that they support PHP and my sequel now in the modern era the vast vast majority of web hosts will offer that support no problem and they will usually make it very easy perhaps even one click away to get wordpress installed and setup on your web hosting.
Now i will say this a lot of web hosts really advertise the fact that they offer easy one click WordPress installers and while that’s a great feature you only need to enter all wordpress once per website and installing it manually isn’t rocket science now even some of the best web hosts in the world offer auto installer so I’m not saying a word press auto installer is bad I’m just saying it’s not an important factor when choosing a web host the important factors are the speed of the servers the reliability of the servers and actually I would say most importantly the number of customers they crammed onto a single server so make sure you watch out for those factors when you’re reading customer reviews of different web hosts and you shouldn’t have any trouble finding an excellent web host for your WordPress website so moving on let’s review option three installing wordpress on your computer now option three is what i recommend if you’re really interested in learning about wordpress and learning how to get the most out of it if your goal is to simply have a website up and running as soon as possible you should really choose option one or two because this option 3 of installing it on your computer does not result in the general public being able to see what you create option three is only for your own development and education
so you can build your website on your computer using wordpress and then later on you can then transfer it to a web host and only then once that transfers complete in the entire world in general public view your website up until then you can think of it as sort of just a text file laying around on your computer that only you can view now it’s up to each individual to decide how they would like to get their hands on wordpress but because this is an educational video series and not just day how can i get a website up ASAP series I’m obviously going to choose option number three and in the remainder of this video i’m actually going to show you how simple it is to install wordpress on your computer so let’s get started the first step is to make sure that our computer has all
of the necessary software to run wordpress now it’s pretty simple the only things we need our PHP my sequel and then some sort of server in this case we’re going to use apache now if you’re not familiar with any of those three items it’s okay because we don’t need to really know that much about them at the moment and we don’t even need to install
them individually in fact there are plenty of packages that take all three Muslim together and to make it very easy for anyone including your grandmother to install them on their computer now if your computer is running on windows go ahead and perform a web search for lamp or xampp either of the two will do just fine
or if you’re running on a mac go ahead and perform a web search for ma’am so at this point you can now pause this video go perform your web search download the software install the software there should be some sort of on-screen instructions that walk you through the process hopefully it’s pretty straightforward and then once the software is installed go ahead and come back and unpause this video ok at this point i will assume that your resuming this video because you’ve successfully installed either wamp xampp mamp or some other PHP Apache my sequel package and you’re now ready to carry on so the next step is to create a database so you’ll need to make sure that whatever program you just downloaded has been launched and make sure that it’s open and running and then what we’re looking for is something called PHP my admin now depending on which software package you chose finding PHP my admin might be a little bit different but no matter which package you chose there should be some sort of either new icon representing the software or when you first launch the software it should open up some sort of screen and we’re looking for a start page so perhaps it opened in your web browser but in general just look around for some sort of options or start screen and look for the phrase PHP my admin so once you’ve pulled up PHP myadmin it will look something like this and our task is very simple we simply want to click on this database tab and then where it says create new database you can enter any name you want i will call this database learning wordpress and then simply it create and that’s it so that steps complete the
next step is to visit wordpress.org and follow the download buttons to download the latest zip file of wordpress so once you finish downloading board pres go ahead and extract the files you can either double click it or depending on your operating system perhaps right click and click extract now and then you should end up with a folder called
WordPress our next task is to move this wordpress folder out of our downloads folder it into a new special folder that was created just a moment ago by ma’am xampp lamp or whichever package you chose now the name of this new special folder and the location of this new special folder will differ depending on your operating system and the package you chose but in general this folder is referred to as the local host directory and it will be usually named something
like htdocs or public HTML or www now I would start by looking somewhere either in your see folder if you’re using Windows or somewhere in your applications folder if you’re using a Mac but if you still can’t find this new folder go ahead and perform web search for local host directory and then just include the name of the package you downloaded now once you’ve located the
special local host directory folder on your computer go ahead and move over cut and paste or drag however you’d like but move over the wordpress folder that we extracted into this new special folder our next step is to open a new tab in your web browser of choice because we’re going to navigate to that new special folder that we just moved wordpress – so on my machine that looks something like localhost colon 8080 on your machine it
might simply be just local host if you’re having trouble figuring out what the URL might be on your machine and neither of these work go ahead and perform a web search for local host URL and then just include the name of the package that you install a few minutes ago so let’s pull this up ok so this screen is simply outputting a list of all the folders in the local
directory so right now the only folders wordpress but if we had another folder named test1 or test to you can see that this directory will always show the latest contents now obviously we are interested in WordPress so go ahead and click that and the next step is to create a wordpress config file now if we were actually installing wordpress on a web host i would recommend performing this step
manually but because we’re only installing wordpress on your local machine this method should work just fine so go ahead and click create a configuration file and then there should be a button towards the bottom that says let’s go or next step this screen is where we give wordpress access to that database we created just
a few moments ago now if you remember I chose to name the database in my instance learning wordpress the database username is root now for this password field you can either leave this blank or type in route and it really depends on the package that you installed whether you chose ma’am xampp or lamp in my case the password is route but yours
might be blank this is definitely localhost and then you can choose to put something here if you’d like doesn’t really matter for your instance you could name this test site or you can just leave it WP underscore and then simply click Submit if you see this screen
excellent that means wordpress can communicate with the database that we set up now go ahead and click run the install and from here it’s pretty self-explanatory you simply provide a name for the website so that can be anything you would like in this field and then provide a username a password in an
email address and then click install WordPress next you will see a screen saying success now a quick note i chose admin as my username and if this was on an actual web host instead of just our local machine i would recommend choosing admin just for security reasons because it’s so predictable but because this is on your local machine
security is not of the highest concerns this isn’t an actual public-facing web site so that’s fine and go ahead and click login and once you enter that username and password you’re done or complete congratulations you have your own personal local copy of word press that you can experiment with now in future lessons
this means that you have your own wordpress environment to follow along with as we roll up our sleeves and continue to learn more and more about wordpress