This is my take on the WordPress installation. I began by purchasing my domain name and hosting service from a service provider named Siteground.
The first step in the process was to purchase my domain name. I chose to use my name leaannbradford.com as my domain name. I will be using this domain for my portfolio site, so it seemed like a logical choice for me. I also purchased the basic web hosting service.
I set up a user name and password with Siteground, which allows me to access the CPanel. The CPanel is a general control panel with access to various programs to help manage my new domain name and web site.
The next step for me was to find my FTP login information and set up my FTP Client. I accessed this information from the FTP Accounts app in the CPanel. I selected my account and clicked “Configure FTP Client”. This gave me two options for setting up my FTP Client. I could manually login with the information provided, but I chose to download the FTP Configuration file for the Cyberduck app.
Now that I was able to establish my FTP connection with Cyberduck, I was ready to download and install WordPress. I went to the website www.wordpress.org and downloaded the latest version of WordPress. I unzipped the file and selected all of the files. I then copied all of the WordPress files from the unzipped folder and copied them to my public_html directory on SiteGround using the Cyberduck FTP Client.
I was now ready to create a MySQL database. I used the CPanel and selected the MySQL Databases. I typed in the name of my database and chose “Created Database”. It really was that easy.
Now that my database was created, I needed to create a user name and password for accessing the database. Below the section for creating a database is the form to create a user name and password. It is important to create a strong password, so I used the password generator to create my password. Again, the creation of the user name and password was as simple as typing them into the form and checking “Create a User”.
The final step in the database process was to link my new user information with the new database. I did this using the same MySQL Databases application. In the “Add User to Database” section, I chose my new user name, then selected the newly created database and clicked “Add”.
I was now almost ready for the famous “5 Minute WordPress Installation”. I opened the wp-config.php file in my text editor and edited to with my database name, user name and password.
I ran the WordPress Installation script through the web browser when I accessed my home page, leaannbradford.com. I decided what I wanted to call my site, and I created a WordPress user name and password. Again, I used the secure password generator so as to keep my site as safe as possible from security threats.
I was now up and running with my new WordPress portfolio site. I would have to say it’s a little annoying having to set up so many different user names and passwords, but creating this blog post is pretty simple, so it looks like it might really simplify the web design process. I’m really looking forward to learning more about WordPress.