The installation is very easy but there are some steps which needs concentration as creating a database and using it in WordPress.
Let’s design your website your own:
Dear friends, now don’t worry and don’t ask anyone who knows web development to develop your site,. It’s becomes easy to design any website most attractive and most useful without using of any programming language. But if you know programming so it’s superb. Because you’re programming skill will help you more and more to design your website your own using any CMS (Content Management System). There are almost three CMS which are being used commonly for web development. And I am going to teach you how to work on WordPress
Figure 1 : Wordpress CMS Logo
If you want to practice to know how to work on WordPress CMS, then you can install wordpress on your Personal Computer, but it is necessary to install xampp, wampp etc. These two are used as localhost servers. When you are installing Wordpress on your domain so at that time WordPress is directly running on a server, which hosted you with a registered or free hosting domain. But why you take risk and waist money or time? If you can install wordpress on your computer to design your website, once it is completed then you can buy a domain and upload your Wordpress all file using an FTP as there is commonly being used FTP is Filezilla.
Figure 2: Filezila Homepage
Downloading of WordPress:
Dear friend you should download wordpress from its official website which is http://wordpress.org/. You will find the latest version of wordpress easily and its download will be also easy for you. You can download Wordpress in .tar.gz or .zip extensions. Dear friend’s with .tar.gz you can upload directly on your domain when you had any registered or free hosted domain, then it will automatically install on it. But here I will suggest you to download .zip file to install on your Personal Computer. So, copy your Wordpress CMS which you downloaded and past it at where you installed your xampp or wampp localhost server. Copy your Wordpress CMS, go to the Xampp folder where it had installed now search htdocs and extract it here. As I installed Xampp on my C:\ drive so its path is C:\xampp\htdocs\wordpress-3.5.1\wordpress
Installation of WordPress Step by Step:
Step1: Dear friends the using of CMS quality is, the CMS is directly interface to a database. So it is necessary to create a database for your CMS when you are going to install it. So I will create a database with name of WordPress. But you can change the database name as you want. I again remind you that if you installed your localhost server which may be xampp and Wampp, then just type on your browser’s address http://localhost and press enter. As I installed Xampp see in Figure 3.
Figure 3: localhost Xampp main Page
You will see this page (Figure 3) in front of you, now once you came here then click on phpmyadmin or you can type in your Brower’s address http://localhost/phpmyadmin/ see the Figure 4 for details.
Figure 4: phpMyAdmin Page for using MySQL
Dear friends once when you came to this page (Figure 4) here you can control the database, I mean that you can use queries to create, update, insert, delete and etc to your tables with your data. So I will create a database for the Wordpress CMS to install it. Because during the installation it will be asked, so why we take tension at that time now we should create it. Don’t click anywhere or don’t go anywhere just stay on this page and type your database name where it is asking the name of database see Figure 5.
Figure 5 : Database Creation using MySQL
And leave all settings as default, don’t change anything as I recommend you. Now just click on create button. And you will see the message for database is created in Figure 6.
Figure 6: Database is created and ready for use in wordpress CMS installation
So we did some things now, we go to the next step where we will install the wordpress.
Step2: Now just type on your Brower’s address bar http://localhost/wordpress-3.5.1/wordpress/ to install wordpress. You will see the configuration file page in Figure 7.
Figure 7: wordpress CMS installation Page
Stay on this page and click on Create a Configuration File button. Then it will go for the next page to give you more options for installation. It will tell you about the five things to ask you that you should do before going to install. From which one thing we already did that was creating a database and we named it “wordpress”. You should remind its name.
Figure 8 : wordpress CMS checking the Database items
- Database Name
- Database username
- Database Password
- Database host
- Table Prefix
These are listed in Figure 8
So let’s click on the button to proceed for the next page of the installation. It will ask from us to fill the fields as in Figure 9.
Figure 9 : wordpress CMS filling the required information for installation
And it is asking from us about those five things which we discussed before in Figure 8. Let’s insert data in the form fields one by one. Dear friends in the first box enter the name of the database which we created before that is “wordpress” and in the next box enter the user name of the MySQL, NOTE: if you are using Xampp so its user name is root and password will be empty by default. See the Figure 10.
Figure 10 : wordpress CMS filled required information for installation
And in the Database Host box just enter localhost and don’t change the Table Prefix as I recommend you for now. When you are done, click on submit button to proceed the installation but carefully check fields check the Figure 10.
Figure 11 : wordpress CMS affter all configuration ready for run installation
On this page (Figure 11) click on Run the Install button, it will go to the next page where it will ask you about the user and website name. See the Figure 12
Figure 12 : wordpress CMS filling the website details for which installing the wordpress CMS
Fill these all boxes as it is needed for your website. I will give its site title as “Practice” and I will leave its username as Admin and I will give it a password as password123 and I will enter my email address lets fill the fields of the form. But kindly you should fill the fields of the form as you want according to the requirements as its wants in Figure 12.
Figure 13 : wordpress CMS filled website required details
And then click on the button which is Install WordPress. So dear friend you will see the next page (Figure 14) which will be a message of Success.
Figure 14 : Congratulations wordpress CMS is installed and ready for use
Here click on log in button to log in to your WordPress CMS panel see the Figure 14.
Figure 15 : wordpress CMS login page for login and use wordpress CMS
And we are done, now we are at WordPress CMS panel. Hurray!. Now you can design your website as you want see the Figure 16.
Figure 16 : wordpress CMS main page after being login
Installing Theme on Wordpress CMS:
It is your CPanel from which now you can design your website using the all features of wordpress. There are many things which you will wish to use to design your website easily your own. First of all you should install a theme on your wordpress. By installing a theme you will able to work in a proper manner, because theme is the body of your website, theme is the identification for a website. The theme should match the requirements of the website. For example if you are designing a website and it is for an education organization and you are using a theme as it is indicating for a hospital website or any other organization. Using of theme is also the way in which you promoting your website towards the people.
When you are going to install a theme on CMS, so theme should be in .tar.gz or .zip format. Then you will easily upload it on your wordpress and install it. It just takes few seconds and your website theme is installed and ready to work on it. When you install a theme on wordpress then you will able to make sections, categories, pages and menus to work on it. And then you are able to update your website easily time to time or day by day. Let’s we install a theme in this tutorial now. First of all open your CPanel as I mentioned it in Figure 16, by which you can login and you will be able to access your website CPanel and make changes as you want. We will just install a theme now. The default theme of wordpress is not as beautiful and attractive as we want see the Figure 17.
Figure 17: wordpress CMS default theme view on web browser
As I told you that now we will install a theme but if you want to set or customize your default theme or previous installed theme, so click on Customize Your Site in Figure 16 then you will see your website Figure 18, now you can check the default setting of your installed theme and how it is settled on your website. You can change some things from using these options but you can’t make changes in quantities. There is another option by which we fully change the theme default settings as we want.
Figure 18 : wordpress CMS default theme Editing view with limited options
So let’s install a theme, first you click on Appearance Option from your website Dashboard you can see it on Figure 16, when you move over your mouse on Appearance, you will see some options as they are: theme, widget, menus, header, background and Editor. When you click on theme option, from the Appearance using Dashboard, you will able to see and check lot of options which make changes on a theme Figure 19. As there are two tabs Manage Themes and Install Themes, if you want to manage you’re installed or default theme so you can use this option to manage it. But if you want to install a new and latest theme so you can use installed theme tab. Here I will use install Themes Figure 19 because we are going to install a new theme.
Figure 19 : wordpress CMS searching and managing a theme for website
When we clicked on the Install Themes tab, there are more options which also belongs to a theme settings. There is Feature Filter you can use this option to find a new theme by selecting the options as you want in a theme check on Figure 20. And there are few options as Upload, featured, Newest, Recently Uploaded, you can use these options for your theme. And if you want to search a theme you can use the search option check on Figure 20. I have a downloaded theme, you can download from searching on Google, as I did. Let click on Upload option and upload the theme. As I mentioned previously that if you have downloaded a theme it should be in .tar.gz or .zip format. Then you can easily upload it.
Figure 20 : wordpress CMS Theme environment changing options and Installation of theme tab
When you clicked on Upload Option you will see this page Figure 21. Now browse and upload the theme for this Click on choose File button Figure 21. After choosing the file, click on Install button. Once you installed it by clicking on install button. You will see a message of successfully installed theme. Installed theme will not work till you don’t activate it. The activate and live preview buttons are there under the message of theme installed successfully.
Figure 21 : wordpress CMS uploading and installing of theme for website
Now click on live preview button to see the theme how its working befor clicking on activate button Figure 22. When you click on live preview button you will see your installed theme as we saw in Figure 18. But here you will find the new installed theme. You can little bit change your theme form this options which are on the left side of the page Figure 18. When you feel it is looking so attractive and looking good. Then click on activate button which is on Figure 22, you can also click on save and Activate button when you are see it live preview.
Figure 22: wordpress CMS uploaded theme being installed successfully
After activating and saving the installed theme you will see your website as attractive and beautiful as you want it Figure 23. Dear friends let me I tell you a most important thing about the CMS, it a system which give you an environment where you can design your data for a website or webpages. When you did all things and your website is very useful and your website is being visit by many people but your theme is not good as you think and may be you got some comments to change your data. So don’t worry about your data which you uploaded on your website they will not lost, when you are going to installed a new theme on your website. It is the greatest advantage of a CMS. So now enjoy to manage your website by using WordPress CMS.
Figure 23 : wordpress CMS latest theme installed and ready to use, view of newly installed theme
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