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WordPress Setup Install Guide Setting up a website

Laurence Svekis, Web technology Instructor

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9 Lessons (60m)
    • 1. Intro to Wordpress

      2:46
    • 2. How to Use Wordpress

      9:24
    • 3. Wordpress How it works

      4:46
    • 4. Setup a free Wordpress site in under 5 minutes

      8:51
    • 5. Setup wordpress from downloaded source file

      11:31
    • 6. Using Wordpress

      3:35
    • 7. Wordpress Quick Install using Hosting panel under 2 minutes for website

      7:19
    • 8. Setup Wordpress on your Computer

      7:16
    • 9. Wordpress setup final

      4:25

About This Class

Setup Your own Website in Minutes with Wordpress No coding and easy to get starting Total control of own website

Learn how you can setup your own website within minutes no coding required.

By the end of this course you will have the skills needed to create your own website and know your options for getting up and running online.

It’s easy to get started and has many benefits

  1. It’s completely free to use, since it’s an open source project anyone can use it openly and freely.  

  2. Simple to setup and get started.  User friendly that almost anyone can jump in and start creating websites right away.

  3. It comes with an awesome easy to use and understand backend dashboard to control the website.  This is a powerful tool which allows you to completely control your website and even customize it.

  4. Thousands of plugins, widgets and themes.  Easy to add in custom plugin to add features and functionality

  5. Because it’s so widely used there are a lot of resources.  There are also hundreds of volunteers and contributors working on improvements and providing constant updates

  6. You can manage and update your own website without the need to involve a web developer.  

  7. Huge internet community that can support Wordpress.  If you have a question there are many places to go for help.  Also if you need coding done, there are plenty of wordpress developers that can help.

  8. Wordpress is W3C standard compliant so you don’t have to worry about how your website is coded.

  9. Wordpress is SEO ready to rank on Search engines.  Modern website design should always consider being Search Engine Friendly, most traffic comes from search and having an out of the box solution that handles SEO is extremely useful.

  10. Wordpress allows you to migrate data, you can easily import and export your data to other platforms if needed.  You control your content and you can choose what platform to use.   You are not tied to Wordpress once you create your website.  The choice is yours.

  11. Social Connections within wordpress allows you to easily share content on social media

I firmly believe that if you want a website, and your not interested in coding Wordpress is the best solution.

Learn to create your own website, I'm ready to help.  Get started creating your own website today.

Transcripts

1. Intro to Wordpress: really excited to have the opportunity to present WordPress to you. My name is Lawrence, and I've been a Web developer for over 15 years, and I've developed a number of websites, and WordPress is always my favorite content management system and the one that I recommend to clients in order to get a website up and running quickly. A lot of times small businesses will come to me and they're gonna ask me Well, you know, we want to create a website, but this is our budget and we don't have the budget for somebody to administer our website . And this is where WordPress comes in because WordPress gives you the ability Teoh, on a budget, create a website that's very versatile and easy to manage, and the key here is that it's easy to manage. All you have to do is log in to the back end, dashboard and update content as needed, create update your theme and added images, audio and videos. And the real focus of having a WordPress website is just a matter of adding content, and that's all there really is to it. You don't have to worry about the administration. You don't have to worry about the coding and you don't have to worry about all that technology part of having a website. It's just a matter of having the website determining what you're going to do with the website. The content you're able to put on that website and it allows you to focus on the website itself and not focus on having to produce that website. The website is already produced ready to go with WordPress and that's really the nice thing about WordPress. I've also spent quite a bit of time migrating regular websites over to WordPress websites for clients and this hasn't been always a real benefit to clients that they have the ability to detach themselves from having a regular Web developer on hand for every little change on their website. So whenever anything comes up, they don't I need a Web developer or somebody that knows how to handle HTML and upload that content and ftp that content which can get fairly complex. And this is a real time saver for people because they're able to set up a website and update that content and whenever they want to update that content, it's free and it's available to update immediately right through the dashboard. So they got full control. And it's really easy to use. Very intuitive, easy to set up. And this is what I'm gonna show you. How you can set up your own WordPress site and it just takes a matter of minutes. You're gonna be amazed at how easy it is to set up WordPress and get going with WordPress. It's also very intuitive. And once you set that up, then you're ready to go and let your imagination go wild with what you can create online with WordPress. So when you're ready, let's jump into showing you how to create your own WordPress website in minutes. 2. How to Use Wordpress: I'm really excited to date to have the opportunity to talk to you about WordPress, and I'm gonna tell you why WordPress is so super popular and why It's one of the easiest ways to get a website and get online quickly. So WordPress is a free application that you can use to create websites or blog's or just get a website online. WordPress and WordPress currently powers over 75 million websites on the Internet today. WordPress was released originally in 2003 and since has really really growing. It's a fact that it's one of the easiest and quickest ways to get online to get a website up and running quickly. Many people always think of WordPress Justus, a blogging website, but it's got a whole lot more to offer than just as a blogging website. There's so much more you can do with WordPress. It's very versatile and there's just a lot of options when it comes to setting up a WordPress site. So you could literally have thousands and thousands of different types of websites, all based with the WordPress back end. And there's a lot of sites that you've probably come to and you probably don't even realize that there were press driven and within the score. So I'm gonna show you some examples of different types of websites that you can really easily set up and get going with WordPress. So where press is not just for blogging, where press has a lot to offer and it's just super powerful. And when I say it's not just limited to blog's, I mean there's a lot of things that you can do with WordPress. So if you want to get a website, being control of your website than WordPress is the best solution free. And best of all, if you're not into coding, if you don't want to go through all the trouble of learning HTML and CSS than where press is right for you to get a website and control your own website online, WordPress is actually a very powerful content management system, which means that you can create, create and control all of the content that's being presented within the website. A content management system allows you to be able to log into the back end and control, modify, remove and manage your digital content that's presented within the website. This means that you can create content that's presented on your website and you have full control over that content. So Web content could be anything to the text that's presented images, videos and even some of the code that's presented within your website. So typically, a CMS will have a front end user interface, which allows you to control your website without the need for coding. WORDPRESS is one of the most popular content management systems used by over 25% of the websites on the Internet today, and I'm gonna give you some of the benefits. Talk highlights some of the benefits that are available with WordPress. So and this is one of these air. Some of the reasons why people choose WordPress. So one of them is that it's completely free to use. It's an open source project, which means that anyone can openly and freely use WordPress, and it's also it's very simple to set up and get started, sometimes only. Taking a few minutes to set up a wordpress instance within your website on your Web host. It's also very user friendly, and almost anyone can jump into WordPress and jump into the WordPress and back end and be able to figure out what's happening and start creating their own websites right away. It comes with an awesome, easy to use and understand back end dashboard that allows you to control the entire website . This is a powerful tool, which allows you to completely control the website and even customize it to your liking. Thousands of plug ins, widgets and themes, these air all available within WordPress. It's easy to add custom plug ins on and features and functionality and a whole lot more thousands of plug ins available just by a touch of just by touch of a button and easy toe. Add in installed and also because it's so widely used. There's a lot of resources and therefore WordPress if you go to the Internet and if you Google WordPress, you're gonna be amazed at how much stuff there is out there about WordPress. You can literally find anything that you're looking for any solutions. If you're having problems with their WordPress or if you have questions, you can pretty much google it and get all of the answers, and that just means that there's a lot of support for you, so you're not stuck with issues and problems with your WordPress install that you can't get solutions and answers for. And there's also hundreds of volunteers that are contributing regularly to improvements and providing constant updates toe the WordPress system itself. So it's it's it's constantly supported. There's a lot of information out there, and it's just a good overall great resource tohave. And also one of the best things, of course, is that you can manage an update your own website so you don't need to involve a Web developer. You don't need to hire 1/3 party consultant. You don't need to hire anyone else toe, actually toe implement and set up and manage your WordPress system. You can log in update content as needed. It's really a straightforward is using any word application or any other text editor or editing software, So it's really straightforward and easy to use. And again, there's a really huge community of WordPress people out there, and there's a lot of information, so questions get answered. There's a lot of places to go to get help, and one of the other things that people love about WordPress is that you don't need to know any coding. So HTML and CSS, although it helps if you do understand age two million CSS, you can maybe do a little bit more, but it's not necessary to have your own website in order to know it's html CSS. You can have your own website control your own website without the knowledge off, actually the coding of the website and it gets output as any other website on the Internet would, with HTML, CSS and JavaScript all set up and rendered out by WordPress. So it's straightforward, easy to use. And there's plenty of information about WordPress and also, if you're looking for customization, there's a lot of developers that know about WordPress. They work with WordPress, and there's people that are devoting their whole careers just a WordPress and WordPress customization. So a lot of support, a lot of accessibility for customization, and it's just really easy. The good strong community that's out there for WordPress and also WordPress comes built in with W three standard compliant coding, So that just means that you don't have to worry about how that website is coded. So these days with the special with S CEO, it's important to have a really good compatible website. You don't want to have something that's not built properly and where the HTML is not set up properly and you don't have to worry about all of this with SC with WordPress. So it is S e o compliant. It's ready for search engines and it's also modern modern website design. So these days with website design, there's a modern approach to designing websites, and WordPress takes care of all of that within the back end. You don't have to worry about it. You just set it up and start using WordPress and WordPress takes care of all of that content. So it's great for S e o purposes. And of course, this is extremely useful because anyone setting up a website ultimately wants to rank well within search engines. And that's where the S E. O factor comes in because you want to make sure that you're able to rank your site high and get lots traffic from those search engines, and WordPress is ready to go with a seal. Also, WordPress is great for allowing you to migrate data, so if you set up another site somewhere else and you want migrated into WordPress or if you want to back up WordPress or if you want to start using another platform that's really relatively easy to migrate. That data in and out of WordPress and WordPress just makes it really simple and straightforward to do so. The data is separated out from the website and from the view of the website, so everything has kept separately, which makes it very functional and really easy to customize and utilize it. When you're trying to switch different websites and different themes, it's all split off. So the data is one part of wordpress and then the visual part of it that the users see that are coming in. That's a whole other separate part of WordPress and WordPress brings them both together and also when it comes to social connections, while WordPress has you covered for that as well. So it allows you to easily share content as well as out in your social channels because social is so vital to these modern websites today. So if you don't have social on your website, you're getting left behind. So definitely got to include social as well as the S E O. To drive that traffic and get users engaged and visiting your website and where press has you covered on both of these. So I firmly believe that if you want a website and if you're not interested in coding your own website than WORDPRESS, is absolutely the best and easiest solution to get going and started quickly with so next few lessons, I'm gonna tell you more about how WordPress works. And also, I'm gonna walk you through how to install WordPress. And you're gonna be amazed at how easy it is to install WordPress and get going with WordPress. So it's coming up in the next settle essence. 3. Wordpress How it works: in this lesson. I want to run through how websites work and just give you a brief overview of how html, CSS and Javascript, which are the three cornerstones of the Internet today, how they're able to produce websites that are consumable by Web visitors and how somebody, somewhere on a computer, can go to your website and actually see the content that you want presented to them from your website. So first of all websites are hosted on what's called a Web server, and this is the central point where you place all of your Web files and the server is runs through an I P address and that I P address is registered with the domain name. So if you have a domain name example dot com, it will be interpreted through the Internet, and the Internet will actually know which server. So it's like a full number. It knows which servers connected to that I p address and also which domain is connected to that I p address. So when you type in a web, a domain into your browser, then that's like making a phone call to that server, and then the server actually knows what files to render out, and all of the files that get rendered out get rendered out in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. This is why I say that the three cornerstones of the Internet, because those are the three languages that are presented to the user. And that's how we get our websites being displayed and in a visible fashion. And this is all done through the browser. So whatever browser you're using, whether you're using Chrome or Firefox or Internet Explorer opera, so all of these browsers will go over to the website that's being presented. It'll look through the Web files that the server is serving up and it read through those files, and then it knows what to do with the HTML CSS and JavaScript. So this is all rendered it through the browser. And the way that WordPress works is so it's based on a server language, a scripting language called PHP, and it has a database which powers the content that gets output within WordPress, which is a my SQL database. So PHP is a server side language, and it actually constructs the HTML CSS, JavaScript and any of the content that's getting presented within the Web browser, so PHP runs in the background. It connects to the to the database it reads through the content in the database it reads to the PHP code. And then the PHP is what renders that viewable content out to be consumed by the Web visitor. And this is essentially what WordPress does. And this is why when you look at the WordPress source code, whenever you go to the source of the WordPress site, you can see it's all HTML CSS and JavaScript. You don't see any of this PHP language because this just runs in the background. And essentially, it's a set of instructions that tells the server how toe how toe output that content. And this is where WordPress is super powerful because we're press runs on PHP, and it provides you a user interface that you can go to and you can enter in content. And then it renders that content. So it essentially stores all of that content in a database and then depending on what page you're looking at from your website, it knows to render that content out. That matches with what's the content that's being presented within the database. So essentially puts it all together in the back end and outputs it for the user to consume . So you don't actually need to know any HTML CSS JavaScript coding because this is all done in the back end. So no coding required in this again. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people choose to go toe WordPress because it's just simple and straightforward to jump in and get going. So basically, you see what the visitors see is just that content. And you're the one that controls how that content gets output through the set of instructions it provide within your WordPress dashboard. And that's all there really is to. It s So this is basically how your Web pages get rendered out, and this goes for pretty much any website on the Internet today. Some of them are based just in HTML and CSS, so some of them are just coated with front end languages, and some have back in languages such as PHP, or they have a S P dot net or Java. And then this renders out the content that's being presented. So there's a number of different ways number different constructor languages that can be used in order to construct the websites. But at the end of the day, what you see at the front end is all going to be HTML and CSS. So the next lesson I'm gonna show you how to set up WordPress. 4. Setup a free Wordpress site in under 5 minutes: when you want to get online with WordPress, there's a number of different ways to go about it, so one of them is to go to wordpress dot com, and this is actually different than wordpress dot work, and I explain to you what the difference is. So wordpress dot com is a place we can sign up, host your website for free and also set up your WordPress. So it's devoted to setting up WordPress really easily. It's also free to use and here they've got some examples. So they've got create a website started blawg. So these are the two main purposes for setting up a website. So either blogging or websites. So basically all you do is you hit create a website. They're going to bring you over to select what type of website. What's it about eso here. You would pick the type of website that you're looking too. So maybe I do an educational site, and I'm just going to do maybe general education and resources. So it asked me what my home page is gonna look like. So basically we've got are heading area there, and we've got all of our latest posts because again. The idea with WordPress is to constantly add fresh brand new content into your WordPress site and then present it on your main page so that users can come back to your site and see regular fresh content on a regular basis. So the same idea as blogging, but it doesn't necessarily need to be blawg focused. So again, I'm gonna go through different types of WordPress sites. But this is a general way to lay out your home page eso They're just basically asking what you want your whole page to look like. So I'm gonna take this one here in the middle, and of course, you can pick whichever one you want. Eso It's all open and again. Then you have to pick a theme here. They've got a whole bunch of different themes and this is just your starting theme, and you can always change your theme as you progress. And as you create your website because the way that we're press works is it separates out that data from the actual presentation. So what the users see is going to be different than the data, and you can always switch it around and update it and have something entirely new. So here you just pick out one that you like, and you can just even hit a preview here and just basically see how it works. And one of the good things and nice things about WordPress is that it's mobile ready. It's fully responsive, and we see here that we've got the ability to actually see what it's gonna look like on three different screen sizes. So we've got our moldow screen size. We have our tablet screen size and then we have a regular death stops theme size. And this is really handy, because when we're developing websites, we want to make sure that we're mobile ready. We want all of those mobile customers to be able to interact. And you don't use our website just like anybody coming in at a desktop. And these days, you gotta be really concerned about how much traffic you're getting from mobile because you want to make sure that your mobile optimized and you're ready for that mobile traffic. A lot of your traffic, depending on the website. Right now, 1/3 of your traffic could be mobile, and even websites like Facebook are over 75% mobile Eso being accessed by mobile devices so mobile is super important. So make sure that your website presents itself properly on a mobile device. So I'm gonna go ahead and pick Pick this theme. Ah, here. We need to enter in a domain or keyword, so I'm gonna just type in. So I'm gonna just take discovery of the i p dot wordpress. It allows me to also to select an upgrade to some of these premium sites so I can actually pick a domain name and register that. And, yes, there is a cost involved to registering your domain name. But if you go with the free plan that you can just go ahead and select that free plan eso we've got some other options apparently, down here as well. Eso different different top level domains such as emi dot com. There's whales. It's a lot of different selections. And of course, you don't have to register your domain name here. You could always register it somewhere else and then pointed to your WordPress install. So let's go ahead and just select this free one. Eso here, we've got a choice of plans and again we do have a free one here on the left hand side, and we see that it is a wordpress sub domain. So if you want to use a custom domain, you'd have to upgrade and you get billed per month. But if you are looking just for WordPress site, this is a pretty good place to go because really, you've got a lot of options, and this is wordpress dot com. So they're gonna have all of optimized for WordPress. And you can register WordPress on any website that you want. And honey domain, I'm gonna show you how to do that. And that's where press stock or it comes in because this is where we can actually download WordPress and we can install it on our website s Oh, this is what the difference is between, where press dot com and wordpress dot or so dot com is for hosting a WordPress site and dot or is for downloading the WordPress WordPress files. Eso I'm gonna go ahead and select the free version here just registered this sub domain. And of course, this is a great way to practice wordpress because once you get this WordPress site up and running you can, really You can really easily just kind of log in, try it out and see if you like Wordpress. See if this is working for you. So I'm gonna just put in on email address there, she using a password and creating my account. And then it goes ahead and creates your WordPress site, and then you're ready to continue, and this is all it is. This is as as quickly as the WordPress site gets created. And there we go. So now we have the WordPress site up and running, and you can see that. Now we've got a web address. We're using a sub domain of wordpress dot com. And if you wanted Teoh customize that you can update your theme, you've got your dashboard here. You can even add new sites really easily through wordpress dot com. So this isn't something that's available just through a WordPress eso. If you do install it, you're not gonna have this ability, dad in new sites. But of course, with wordpress dot com, you could add a number of different sub domain sites and have that all under your own account there. And then they've got the stats and the plan. So this all comes along with wordpress dot com. And the dashboard is going to be different than what your dashboard presented. A za WordPress install is going to be because remember again, this is on wordpress dot com eso We've got our website here. We can see what it looks like on the right hand side. I can go to customize Aiken Goto edit and so on. It walks you through some information here about WordPress. We can go to open up the dashboard again. We can customize the theme and do a whole lot of stuff. So this just shows you all of the power that you have with WordPress. And this is just how easy it is to get up and running with WordPress. So that's how you set up a WordPress site at wordpress dot com. And then, of course, you do have to go over to your email address and just confirm that email address, and then you can try a WordPress end s. So this is a website that I can give to people they can come visit it. So of course it is a sub domain, so I might want to take a look at changing that at a later point. But for now, this is just a quick way to get up and running with WordPress. I'm just going over here now. I'm gonna confirm WordPress and that's all that there is to it with WordPress. Now it's confirmed. And now I can go into my website and I can update things like the title of the tagline I can add in a local. So this is what I mean by it's really easy to customize your WordPress threat website. You see it here on the right hand side, and you've got all of these options to customize that make it look totally different. With just one click, you can do quite a bit of stuff here. You can add in your own headers, your information, your images and you see that right away it changes it and presents it. How it's gonna look with the new images on then whenever you're ready to see, even published and then now this becomes your website. So you can see that here. We've got the same thing with the idea with the dashboard is the same thing over here when it closed this I get that same menu and I can at any time. I can update themes, menus, sharing people, different domains as well they could add in and settings. 5. Setup wordpress from downloaded source file: this lesson. I want to run through a number of different ways to get up and running with WordPress within your Web host. So right now I've opened up my extent hosting in the last lesson I saw, we showed you how you can create really easily set up a website and link your WordPress content to there. So it did that all in the back end, the server took care of it, and it did all of that set up. So in case you don't have that option or if you want to do a more manual process, there is a second option for doing that and you can go ahead, go over to wordpress dot work slash download. And here's where you can download wordpress. And right now, current versions were WordPress 4.6. So you go ahead, and if you download it, then you're gonna download a ZIP file. And within that zip file, this could be folder called WordPress, so you can go ahead and unzip that and you'll see that you've got a whole bunch of files here. Ah, whole bunch of WP files index. So indexes the file whenever you upload that to your root directory. This is where we start it with. And now you're presented with how you're going to get those files up to the server. And this is where we use FTP programs. So one of the ones that I like to use its file Zillah, it's free ftp solution. And it's really straightforward, easy to use. So again, if you don't have an FTP solution that you can go ahead, go over to file zilla or you can upload it through your C panel directly to through your file manager. So this X 10 hosting has, ah, file manager here so I can see all of my files that are public underscore html. So I've got my index page here and I've got my wordpress install so I can point my wordpress install tiff. I want in a particular folder on that website or if I want to keep it on the route. So again, depending on where I want it to sit, is what director I would upload it. So if I wanted it going right to the main domain, I would upload all of these files. I get rid of this index dot html in orderto have it sitting there. So this this is one way to do. That s what I'm gonna do is I'm actually going to create a separate folder here, and I'm gonna upload WordPress into that. So I've downloaded upload up, set up FTP I've got my ftp setting. So depending on what your host is, you're going to need a user name and a password. Sometimes you can create a default FTP account. So all up to you and how you're hosting us, set up eso You need to get all of that information and then just put the host address in their user name, password and then the port that you're going to be using. So here it's either 21 for just ftp or 22 which is s ftp, and that's secure FTP. So let's more of a secure option Eso here we see when we open that up. So these air the files on my system and these are the files that are available within my host, and this is the same set up that I've got here. Eso just presented in the same way. So if I go to public html, see, I've got that same information that I've got here and here I can create a brand new brand new directory. So I'm just gonna call it WP. And now, if I go over here and if I refresh it So there, we've got our WP, so I'm already to upload all of my WordPress files in there, So I'm gonna open that up, select all of them and just upload them all directly. So when you unzip, it s so when you download it, it's actually going to be a smaller file. And then when you unzip it, it's about 21 megabytes. Eso depending on how quick your connection is, that's how quickly you're gonna be ableto uploaded. So there is a longer process here because we do have to download the file, unzip it and then upload it transferred up to the server that we want to use it in. But this is generally the same thing that happened behind the scenes that the server was able to take care of. So essentially it downloads that unzips it, and the files are already within that folder. So this is a little bit longer, but the idea is the same thing where we're transferring files over to our host. So once this is set up, there's gonna be a few other things that you need to configure. Being is this way. This is a little bit longer, and from here, you actually have to set up your database in order to be able to access WordPress. So whenever I go over to databases, I see that I've already got one set up here because this is what WORDPRESS is using eso we need toe wait till everything up loads. But in the meantime, I can go to PHP. Myatt men and I can set up a database that I can utilize for WordPress. So see, here we already have that WordPress database that we set up last time. So we maybe want to set up entirely brand new database table, some allowed to here. So let's just go ahead. And we can set up users as well. So let's create a user and will set up that database within the same format there. So add a database, so database user name. So maybe we'll just call them at men were going to do that same password that we used before, and then this will add in a brand new database user to a database, and then here's where we just select the privileges. So let's just grant all privileges to this user to the database. And then here's where you're tying it. So this may look slightly different again, depending on what your database is, and make sure that you make note of what this information that you've set up. So I'm just gonna have to okay, that. Not sure why it's asking for that s o Some of the files might be duplicated. There s O that was So it's just finishing, doing the upload there s So now we've got a brand new database user that we've set up. We set him up on that same database that we already had. So let's write those down and make note of those because we're gonna need it when we do our WordPress set up. So I'm just waiting for it to finish, and then I'm gonna go to the website and we're gonna be able to see the WordPress install. So maybe go back to the domains will go over to the website, and we're stalling it on within a folder so this could very well just be the root eso right now. It's not found because the WordPress files are not set up yet. And this is what WORDPRESS does. What? When the set up files are not there yet it tries to redirect you. So if there's no database information, nothing set up yet. It will try to redirect you over to this. W p. Slash had men and then set up conflict. So until that's actually uploaded were not able to finish setting up our WordPress site. So we're going to give it a few more minutes, toe upload. I'm going to just pause the video quickly and then once imploded, I'm gonna show you how easy it is. And it's gonna be the same thing that we did before. Except we're gonna have to entering database information now that we've finished uploading all of the files when I go over to the website. So remember again, it was installed on within this folder. It redirects me to the set up config of wordpress. So this is all done online, so you don't actually have to. Before you had to download the config file and had to set up that information there. Now you can walk through this auto configuration for WordPress. And this only runs the first time you if you don't have your database set up. And if you don't have your WordPress site set up, So here you can pick your language, which is really neat, because if you've got a different language that you want to set wordpress up in, you've got a lot of options here. So I'm gonna go ahead and do English, and then here it's gonna tell me that I need to set up my database, which I've already just done and I need to set up. I need my database name, my user name, my password, my database host, my table prefects and so on. So let's just go ahead and set this up. Eso my database name. These are just suggestions. And of course, they are different. Eso my database name that I set up. And this was just for my host, Of course. Whatever host you're using, it's gonna be different. This was my user name that I set up that has access to the database. And then, of course, my database password. So that's whatever password my database host. A lot of times it's gonna be local host. And because I'm using a database where I've already set up WordPress install, I want have another version of WordPress. I have to rename my table prefect, so I'm gonna call it WP one. So let's try the suit and we're gonna see if see how this works. That's not going to do a submit on this. And it looks like everything is good. It's able to communicate with the database, and now we run through the install on DSO. Now, here's where asked us that same information that we got asked previously. So we need a slight title. So tempt WordPress site my user name that I want to use it and use that same at men here just entering a password. Confirm use weak password and then here enter in that email address so you can get access If you've lost your your If you've lost your password and so on, you hear you have an option to discourage search engines from indexing the site. So a few more options, but generally the same thing title, user name and your password and email, and then all you have to do, click the install WordPress and it goes ahead and does the install of WordPress. And then now when I go back to the website, we're going to see that we've got our wordpress install. I'm gonna be able to log into the back end and eggs access WordPress. Let's take a quick look over at the database. So I believe I had the database open over here. So when I refresh it, we're going to see that it's actually setting up all of these additional tables. And remember, the initial install was prefixed with WP. And because we're using that same table, this table over here, we've prefects are new install with WP one, and we see we've got all those seen tables that gets set up and where press takes care of all of that. And now we just do a log in here and now I can go ahead and log into the back end. And this is gonna be another brand new install of WordPress, which is different than are other install of WordPress, and I'll just show you quickly the same thing. I'm gonna do a quick theme here and show you how we can update adding in new themes. So maybe if I want it to look like this so I can activate it. And then we're going to go over to the website so you can see what it looks like. So there we go WordPress set up and literally just a few minutes. The longest part was actually the uploading. The downloading uploading is usually what takes the longest. Setting up your database is relatively easy and straightforward. You need to do that from your hosting panel and then just uploaded and said, Set up your configuration of WordPress and Boom, you're ready to go and start using your WORDPRESS website. 6. Using Wordpress: in this example, I want to show you more about wordpress dot work, and so wordpress dot dot org's is another way to set up a WordPress website, and this gives you an option to actually download the WordPress source files, and you can download thes onto your your computer and then upload them to a server. Or, if you wanted Teoh, you could go into your hosting account and do a one click installs. There's a number of different ways, and this all depends on the host that you're using. So I've set up an account here at X 10 hosting dot com, and it's a really nice site because allows you to set up ah website free of charge. So it sets up the same as the wordpress dot com, where you able to register a sub domain. So I created one called course dot x 10 host dot com and have got my C panel here, and I'm gonna show you how easy it is to install WordPress and get up and running with WordPress in just a few minutes. So currently my website looks like this. So this is a custom website. It's it doesn't it's not a WordPress site, and I'm gonna overwrite the current files and install WordPress on top of it. And I'm gonna show you just how easy it is in that you can do it in just a few minutes. So again, there are different options here. And in order to set up WordPress, there's a number of different ways to do that. Some hosts, though, that they don't have the most the latest version of WordPress, so sometimes it is better to download it and upload it yourself. But their end result will be roughly the same thing that you end up with the same WordPress site and then you're able to update it with in the back and dashboard of WordPress. So either way, you should be able to get updated to the latest version of WordPress eso. Whether you're doing it, install through your C panel or you're doing it as an install directly ftp ing at over to your website eso. Either way, it's it'll work the same way. Eso basically I've got my website here and I can make some updates to it so I can set up a custom website and so on. So let's go ahead and show you how you can create your own website through any coasting account. So I'm gonna show you how to do that. And I'm also going to show you how to set one up on your local machine. Eso If you want a practice, WordPress, you don't want to set up a hosting account. Or if you want to set up your WordPress site on your local machine, I'm gonna show you how to do all of that in upcoming lessons as well. So there is a little bit more of a steeper learning curve if you haven't uploaded files or FTP files. If you're not sure what that is, essentially, that's the file transfer protocol, and this is a way to get files from your desktop onto a Web server. It's called FTP, and you're gonna need an FTP program for that. And that's why I say there is a more steeper learning curve. If you've never done that before, there's quite a bit more that you'd have to do to download WordPress. So if you go over here and if you go download WordPress, you're going to get a ZIP file, and there's a little bit more that you have to do. So the best and easiest way is to do a quick install. And if you haven't set up a host yet, then look for hosts that do have that quick installer of WordPress where you can go to the wordpress dot com. So the next lesson I'm gonna show you how to do an install on through see panel on your website of WordPress that's coming up from the next lesson. 7. Wordpress Quick Install using Hosting panel under 2 minutes for website: in this lesson. I'm gonna show you how you can set up WordPress really quickly. So again, depending on how your website is configured, what your host allows you to do So I'm using X 10 host ings. They allow you to have free hosting. I can really easily set up WordPress here, go add new domain. And then from here, I can set up a brand new domain name. So we're press, of course, or something like that. Uh, ad. So it's gonna be add some domain under the domain. So that was WordPress Course is gonna be really long. I can just go and add that in. And then once I add this domain and so they allow you to add as many free domains as you want Eso All it does is you have to select whatever mein host that you want. So I showed you previously how we've got course start X 10 dot host s so I can update that or remove that if I wanted to. And then I've just created this brand you one here. So website course also made a sub domain. Actually, under this course eso it's gonna be a really really long website here. But let's go into this Web site and we're going to see that there's got nothing in it right now. So we can set up a website really easily here where we can set up doing ad website and I want to add it into here. So my WordPress and I could do a software skipped installer here on. And then from here I can make a selection and install whatever. Whatever I want installed, we see that WordPress is down here under under blogging systems, some scrolling a little bit fast here. But we can see that this will install WordPress to this directory. And this is where the important stuff comes in with WordPress. So we've got the address path that we can keep that as we want. So this is a question whether you want installed your WordPress site on the root of your of your website or if you want to make it under a sub folder. So basically what it's saying here is if you do a slash blog's slash, then it's gonna stole it on a folder that's a sub folder of your website. So of course I've got a really long name here. But you'd go to this domain slash blog's slash whatever blank and then that would bring it over to the WordPress. We've got what's called table prefects. So this is just by default. It's WP and this is in case you've only got one database toe work with you prefects your table with whatever customized prefects you want. And this allows you tohave utilize the same database table for a number of different databases. So you could literally have WordPress WP one WP two and you can use them all within that same database and have all of within that same table, and each wordpress install would just be prefixed with something else. So this is optional and it isn't usually a good idea if you are using a WordPress site to prefects it so that you know what? All of the when you're looking at your database. So you know what? All of the files, all the Davis database tables are referring to eso here. We've got site name and this is what's gonna be visible within wordpress. So my test site and then we've got site description and you can actually change these later on when you set up your WordPress. So this is just the dummy kind of set up to get going quickly. So it is going to keep it. My WordPress blawg here. We've got a user name, we've got a password. So here you can set up your customized password, and this is gonna be what you use to actually log in Teoh your WordPress admin area. So make sure you create something and for security purposes, don't use that men amusing ad men Just because I'm setting up a dummy site and I'm probably gonna take this down after I finished the lessons. So it's not really relevant. But for security purposes, don't use that men. And make sure they have a really good strong password. Try to include a combination of upper case, different characters and numbers as well. And then then here it's asking for your email address so added in an email address, and this is going to be useful for you to be able to recover lost passwords and so on. So I'm gonna go ahead and do install script, and it's just gonna take a few minutes, run through and do an install of the WordPress website, and then we're gonna be able to go over to the Web site, log in and I'll show you how it's all gonna work and look so it just usually just does take a few minutes. And as we can see here now, we're complete and we continue to our website and we saw earlier that there was nothing there. But now whenever I go to this website, this is a WordPress it website. So you saw how really easily you could get this set up and running within just minutes. And, of course, depending on your host, they'll have different different runs through of how to access and create those sites, but a number of different ways that is presented in always different on the host. But the idea is generally seem where it's really quick, and it's easy to get access to WordPress. So I'm just gonna type in that user name. Or you could use your email address that he added, and a password, and then you just go ahead and log in and there we go. So now I've logged into my WordPress website and I just show you that it is live and it is working so I can change it over to this theme just activated. And now when I giver I go over to the website, that's the other ones. I'm just gonna shut those down and visit our website. So now we see that whenever we go to this website, we've got a different look and feel so it's completely live all active and ready to go. I can switch it back to my default one on and do any number of things here. So I've got my WordPress dashboard and I've got my typical access that I have within WordPress. So this is all there is to it. And literally you saw how this took just a few minutes. So look for websites. Sometimes you might have it. Most commonly. You're gonna probably see a C panel back end and eso Sometimes they will have ability. Teoh do quick installs of WordPress usually hosting sites. If you're looking for one, they're gonna have the ability to to see that Teoh to see what software can easily be installed. And here they have a quick run through. So it go Teoh, This see panel actually doesn't have It s So you go to the C panel, you go to CP add ons site software, which this one doesn't actually have any site software. But you could easily just select WordPress and do the install of it the same way that we just did that. And that way you can get WordPress up and running in just a few minutes, and then you could log in and access your WORDPRESS website. 8. Setup Wordpress on your Computer: in this lesson. I want to run through how to set up WordPress by downloading it to your computer and setting up your own virtual machine, your local host to run. So you don't actually need a server to run WordPress in this way. And this is a good way to have a local version of WordPress, where you can practice. You can make some updates to it and changes to it and really get a good feel for WordPress . And, of course, if you want to upload it to your live WordPress host, then you could export your database, export your themes and then import it right into WordPress. So this is a great way to practice WordPress. So first of all, we need to get ability to run a local server on our computers. And Zampa is a really good way to really quickly and easily get running with, ah, local machine on your computer. So this is probably the third step in. It's a little bit more complex than having your own having a server or just going onto wordpress dot com. So this is probably the most complex install of WordPress that we're going to be going through eso going over to Apache friends dot org's. You have the ability to select whatever platform you're on. So I've got exam for Windows. There's Lennox and OS X. So depending on what version you need running, you can just download example and set it up on your computer. So all that is to set up Samp. You just click through the install and away you go. So there are a number of different ways to set this up. As always, you can go through add ons. You can go through WordPress blawg and set it up that way, although I find it's not usually the best way to go. I've had some issues with doing it that way, so I usually prefer to go over to WordPress stock or download WordPress, uh, the word, the latest WordPress version and save it onto my computer. And so right now I've got it saved. Teoh, my sandbox. I've created just the folder WordPress, and I'm linking my my host to go to this file directory to this folder directly, or if you wanted Teoh. If you don't want to have any of that configuration, you could install it on the public HTML, for example. Eso I don't give you some instructions on how to do that as well. Where you have your basically the same thing that we saw over here and went to the server. We've got public underscore html and this is where the files actually get rendered. Eight that run and that are visible to users. So same idea here. You can pointed to this being the default directory in Samp. So once you've set that up, then I'm gonna walk you through how to get that going. So already have example up and running. So I'm just going to show you have got this set up and running and you do need to run the patchy. You do need to run my sequel. You don't have to run file zilla mercury or Tomcat those air for other purposes. But you do need to have your server running and a database for WordPress. So I've got those up and running. And when I go over to my website, I'm presented with that same screen that we saw earlier when we did our install on the server where we've got set up config for WordPress and this is gonna be the same exact same thing here where we're going over to We can set up our host so this is gonna be available much like it was over here where we go to PHP. My admit we do the same thing, actually should show you this one here. So we've got PHP my admit on the server. And now we've got it running on our local machine. And when I go to local host PHP Myatt men, it shows me that all of the different data basis that I have, so I just go ahead and create a brand new database. So this is gonna be my WordPress databases. Call it WP and I can create a table here s so I'm going to create WordPress as my table, so I don't actually need to do actually don't even need to create a table here. I've created my database here WP and I'm just going to use that from my WordPress install. So let's go ahead and do the install. So going back, selecting the language that we're going to use and this is the same thing, we need a database name. So the database name is gonna be W p. I've got my user name. So I believe it's route by default and blank class, word and submit. So I'm gonna try that. And so ready to do the install eso near? We need a site title test. WordPress Um, I'm just going to use that men as my user name and do the install of WordPress and actually never copied this password out. So let's just copy that it quickly save that. And now I can go ahead and log in. And when I go to my my database, I see I've got all of these tables now set up and we're all ready to go. Eso this is running right on my computer. That's why the install was pretty quick. So now we can do as we did on our web host where we go to the main domain and we do WP dash log in PHP. If I just go to local host, we see that we've got our default WordPress log in there and I've already logged in as had been so I'm just gonna log in again. Eso now we can just go over to the dashboard and we can actually just customize it so much like we just did before. We can really easily just pick anything that we want. So I'm gonna activate 2014 and now let's go over to the website and when we visit the website were up and running with WordPress. So now we can safely practice WordPress. We don't actually even need an Internet connection to practice WordPress because this is all running on our local machine, and it's all running within the self contained virtual host from Zampa. So that's how you can set up WordPress and access it. Use it on your own computer without even having an inner Internet connection and practice WordPress And then, of course, the use of WordPress here. This is to transfer that content, you'd have to transfer the database information over to your You'd have to do an export of your current information and then import it so you'd have to export all the content and download and export file, and then on your hosted site, you could do an install in import of your WordPress information, and that's how you could build your WordPress locally and then exported up to your Web server on of course when you're using it locally, other people can't access this website. So this would just be mainly for practicing, maybe updating content. Or if you really want to customize your WordPress, you could do it in this way. 9. Wordpress setup final: In the previous lessons, we saw how easy it is to set up and get running with WordPress. So whether you're using a sub domain from wordpress dot com, or you're downloading your own version of WordPress from wordpress dot org's, it's really relatively easy and straightforward to get up and running. So a lot of hosts will provide that quick install option where you could simply do with one click and you're up and running with WordPress. And then, of course, you need to add in your title and your log in information. But that's all there really is to it, and you're usually up and running in just a few minutes. And then if that option isn't available, or if you want to do a more customized option with WordPress, then of course you could download it, and we saw how we can practice it within our local machines. So right within our desktop, without an Internet connection, we can have WordPress up and running, and there we could utilize that wordpress install, practice it and try out a longer, different things that we want within WordPress. We also saw how we could download that and then upload it to any server and get WordPress up and running in any server that we want. So even doesn't matter if your host provider doesn't allow you access to Teoh. Quick install of WordPress. You can still get WordPress up and running simply by downloading it from WordPress on, then uploading it to your server as long as you've got a database access to a database of my SQL database, which most hosts will provide. And you've got a PHP environment to run your website, and that's all you need to upload WordPress and be up and running with WordPress. If you are downloading it and you're setting it up on your own host, then there is a little bit of a steeper learning curve. So you do need toe, have some experience or some knowledge of using PHP and setting up a PHP database, which is again relatively simple and straightforward. Where you go into you're hosting panel dashboard, set Cleary a database and then simply set up a user account toe access that database. You take that information and you put it into the WordPress install CONFIG file so you get your path, your database. A lot of times it will be local host, but this is again depending on what your host environment is providing. So then you just enter in that database user account. So user name password, the path to the database and the actual database that you're using. And then that's all you need. You just need those four pieces of information to be up and running, setting up your database. And it's the same thing for the local host. So again, really easy and straightforward. And once you've got that WordPress installed, then it's just a matter of utilizing that dashboard, working through the dashboard, setting up your themes, adding in your posts, adding and plug ins, customizing it to the look and feel that you want it presented and you're up and running and ready to go with WordPress. It's just that easy. I've also included some resources so you can check those out. You can try it out if you're looking for just some freeways to try that, you can try that. Extend hosting if you already have a hosting account or if you're looking for a hosting account, always make sure that if you're looking to set up a WordPress that you're hosting account has the capabilities and, as most will do you can. You can go with shared hosting because most the time WordPress is. It's a database driven website, and most even shared hosting is ready to accommodate that, so you don't need to pay for expensive hosting. Normally you can run with, like, a few dollars a month and have that hosting set up and running on a shared host and have access to your own WordPress site. When you're picking a domain name, make sure that the domain name is something that short, memorable and that users can relate to and that they'll understand that this is what the website is about. Because when you're picking a domain name, you're gonna put a lot of work into building up that domain name. So you want to make sure that the domain that you pick is something that's gonna be long lasting, and it's going to serve the purpose of why you're creating your website. So they're just a few tips to keep in mind when you are picking a domain name and setting up a WordPress site