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5-Minute Installation - not for me... (28 posts)

  1. tfmurphhk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well I tried the 5 minute installation... and now after several days of effort I still have no weblog.

    I even tried to work thru the detailed installation and no luck.

    As you might guess, I am a real beginner at this. I can do web pages and HTML and the like... but MySQL and PHP have me stumped.

    I think at least one of my basic problems is that I don't have a database. I am using WAMP so MySql and PHP are on my own PC. I have downloaded WordPress and it is in a folder in the WAMP directory. I believe I have done all the parts and pieces required in WordPress... but not created whatever is needed in MySql... i.e. a database.

    Any pointers as to where to look for help in the area of creating the database.

    By the way, in case it makes any difference I am using DreamweaverMX for my website work.

    Thanks in advance for any support

    Tom

  2. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Try using "localhost/phpMyAdmin" - if you can get to it (I don't know the WAMP distro, don't know if it has phpMyAdmin, mySQL etc.), you can create your database there.

    If WAMP doesn't have the requisites stuff, try going with http://apachefriends.org/xampp. I use XAMPP locally, runs WP just fine.

  3. Glo
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You need to install phpmyadmin in order to manage/create your MySQL databases. http://www.phpmyadmin.net/home_page/

  4. tfmurphhk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OK, I have downloaded XAMPP and phpmyadmin... off I go to try some more tricks.

    Is there really a 5 minute install for some people???

    Tom

  5. Firas
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    tfmurphhk: once you have xampp, it should be really easy! Just start the thing and type 'localhost' in your browser, then browse to where wp is. xampp comes with phpmyadmin already.

    Most people install WP on shared hosting accounts, where the host just emails you the connection details for FTP and MySQL. Once you have the server software down, you have to try very hard to make installing WordPress take more than 5 minutes.

  6. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Um. I've done 6 installs - not one of them took more than about 3 minutes to actually install and be viable. Tweaking goes on forever, however.

    Added: even setting it up in XAMPP was less than 5 minutes - getting my head around apache and xampp took DAYS.

  7. tfmurphhk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    well I am making a little progress. I ditched phpmyadmin. I figured if I need that (complex) I will change professions... LOL

    Now when I type localhost in my browser (Firefox) I get a window with this:

    error '8002801c'

    Error accessing the OLE registry.

    /iisHelp/common/500-100.asp, line 17

    ????

    Tom

  8. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ew. I can't help you with iis. Not a clue, sorry.

  9. tfmurphhk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ahhh, when I try http://localhost/ in an IE browser window I get a Windows welcome screen that reads:

    Your Web service is now running.
    You do not currently have a default Web page established for your users. Any users attempting to connect to your Web site from another machine are currently receiving an Under Construction page. Your Web server lists the following files as possible default Web pages: default.htm,default.asp,index.htm,iisstart.asp. Currently, only iisstart.asp exists.

    Now what??

    Tom

  10. tfmurphhk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I guess in the WP 5 minute setup I am hung on this:

    Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.

    How do I do that??

    Tom

  11. skippy
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Do these instructions help?

    EDIT: fixed link. Sorry.

  12. tfmurphhk
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Do these instructions help? << No Link

  13. tomhanna
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    5 minutes including setting up themes and activating plugins. Tweaking, ah, that I believe will go on for a long long time to come.

    Have you considered getting a cheap shared hosting account and setting up there, since administering (administrating?) your own PHP and mySQL seems to be where you are actually having problems? You're not really to the stage of starting the WP install without working PHP and mysQL already setup.

  14. chaosmedia
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Hey Im trying to install a local copy of wordpress using WAMP5 all localy on my machine, but when i surf to install.php i get a horrific error msg ...
    ------------------------------------------------------------
    wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it. You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn't work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file."); require_once('../wp-config.php'); require_once('./upgrade-functions.php'); $guessurl = str_replace('/wp-admin/install.php?step=2', '', 'http://' . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . dirname($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']) ); if (isset($_GET['step'])) $step = $_GET['step']; else $step = 0; header( 'Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8' ); ?>
    WordPress
    hide_errors(); $installed = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT * FROM $wpdb->users"); if ($installed) die(__('

    [moderated the long code when PHP is not running]

    ----------------------------------------------------------
    sorry about the uber long post, buti figured if you can help you may need the entire error msg,
    I have been told that the problem is with my php, but im following the instructions set by

    http://www.urbangiraffe.com/2005/05/22/installing-wordpress-on-your-own-windows-computer/1/

    which are ment to be quite good, any help would be fabulous. take care
    ev

  15. Beel
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Thanks for nothing ;-). You are right, the problem is with getting PHP functional. Create a file named "test.php" with <?php echo ' "Hello, Big Guy" '; ?> in it. When it displays, "Hello Big Guy", instead of the code, then you have it running and can try again to install WP.

  16. chaosmedia
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    thanks, its not even displaying the code, its displaying nothing, thanks anyway, sorry about that uberlong post though.

  17. terraext
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have been working through my 5-minute installation for a couple of hours now -- and so far not making any progress. I am attempting to run WordPress on the hosted server of BlueHost. On my website BlueHost cpanel, I used Fantastico to download WordPress.

    Then I started through the instructions on the WordPress Codex. I find them pretty hard to understand -- but I did my best. In the process I managed to mess up the database. So, I tried to reinstall WordPress and start from scratch. But I keep getting the message that BlueHost is already on the root directory -- and I can't install it again. I have tried deleting it -- but evidently I haven't succeeded.

    I sent a note to BlueHost support, but after a couple of hours, I have received no response.

    Meanwhile, the problem I was having when I managed to run into database problems was the step of creating the wp-config.php file. Where am I supposed to be finding the "sample" file to modify? I can't find it anywhere.

    I know absolutely nothing about SQL or PHP. That's one of the reasons I chose WordPress --- all the literature said it was real easy to get up and running.

    Not for me. If anybody out there can help me -- I would be very grateful.

  18. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    They use CPanel:
    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/cpanel/

    If you need the config file, it's available by downloading WordPress from this site and unzipping it.

    Fantastico should have installed it though ?

  19. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I used Fantastico to download WordPress.

    That sounds weird. With Fantastico you just click and it will install it, and you don't have to download anything.

  20. terraext
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Maybe Fantastico DID install it, and I just couldn't find it. I looked under File Manager, but didn't see such a file there. Where should I be looking?

  21. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "a file"?
    There are many-many files and 4 folders, if the install was successful. But without seeing what's on your server nobody can tell what to look for. Fantastico usually asks where to install it - if I remember well. (Did only once, out of curiousity :)

  22. terraext
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    What about the instructions in WordPress Codex installation about finding the wp-config.php file and making some changes to the data in that file? It says to find the sample config file and change it. I can't find either any config file -- sample or otherwise.

  23. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    If Fantastico did the install, the config doesn't need changes.

    Try entering the address to your blog into your browser addy bar. You should have an email with that info, sent after the Fantastico install completed. It would be something like "www.yoursite.com/wp/" or similar....

  24. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Fantastico is one thing - it does everything automatically for those that don't want or cannot install WP manually.
    All the instructions are for manual> installation.

    So, pick one: Fantastico or manual :)

  25. terraext
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Aha. One sentence to that effect in the Installation instructions would have saved me the last three hours of confusion. OK. I guess I'm installed -- I'll just move on to the next step. Thanks very much for the help.

  26. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Best of luck to you then....

  27. moshu
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    No, the problem is nobody reads carefully nowadays ... :)
    This is the first sentence in my cPanel, in the Fantastico section:
    "Use Fantastico to automatically install any of the scripts listed on the left."
    [emphasis added]

  28. terraext
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Lemme ask you this. As I explained above, I originally installed WordPress to my root directory, and then I accidentally deleted the database. I thought I would solve the problem by reinstalling -- but it wouldn't let me ("can't install to root directory -- WP already installed to root directory"). So I went in to File Manager and tried to delete all of the WP files, so I could reinstall. But it still wouldn't let me.

    I have managed to reinstall now -- by downloading WP to a different directory. But I would like it to be in my root directory. Can I move what I have downloaded into the root directory now? If so, how? Am I going to run into the same problem ("can't install to root directory, WP already there")? If so, how do I clear the root directory of the first install -- so I can move over the second install?

    I realize I have made this about 10 times harder than it's supposed to be. A real WP newbie. Like getting stuck in a ditch, and every attempt to back out just digs me in worse.

    Please advise.

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