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[resolved] Confused. What is WordPress Blog? Also Having trouble downloading (14 posts)

  1. Positivek
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I have recently wanted to stat an online guitar shop/E-shop.
    I signed up with 123-reg for a domain and hosting. I currently have all that sorted out and was looking to install some script, in my domain to build my site.
    123 offers several free apps/scripts for doing this. One of the is called' WordPress Blog' and I can install that from my control panel (in the 123-reg site) but I am curious.
    Why is this app they offer called WordPress Blog? It ses its for building blog sites but I want more of an E-shop site.
    Is there a wordpress and wordpress blog, or is WordPress blog and WordPress the same bit of software?
    I have seen a tutorial on youtube of a guy building an e-shop type site with WordPress, but I don't know if he is using WordPress blog, or just WordPress.

    Well to get round that question, I thought I would go to the WordPress website and download the free download (which the guy recommends in the youtube video)
    Here you can download 'WordPressV3.6' (I noticed its not called WordPRess Blog) and I did this. A file appeared on my desktop containing many files.

    I then went back to my host and went into my file manager to upload the the WordPress file on my desktop to my host. However, this was problematic and i have become stuck. I would have thought it was 1 file you chose and it will upload all the wordpress files but there are many files and it seem as though I have to go through all of them, selecting and uploading.

    Would appreciate some help. I use a mac if thats making it harder lol

  2. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Is there a wordpress and wordpress blog, or is WordPress blog and WordPress the same bit of software?

    Those expressions mean the same thing where some folks perceive WordPress as a "blog" while others know it as a CMS (Content Management System). Then, the difference between what you see at your host and your download is simply about whether you want to do a WordPress installation manually or with your host's installation script. Personally, I used SimpleScripts at BlueHost at the time, and that worked perfectly. Following the installation, I received an e-mail with my login credentials and became a site manager. Looking back, however, I wish I had know to make my own username (rather than the default "admin" at the time) and some other options you will likely find available whether you install manually or with a script.

  3. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Why is this app they offer called WordPress Blog?

    Because they are behind the times. :-)

    It ses its for building blog sites but I want more of an E-shop site.

    Hundreds of thousands of people use WordPress every day to run their own ecommerce sites. All you need is WordPress, a theme that you like and an ecommerce plugin that suits your needs.

    Is there a wordpress and wordpress blog

    No - there is only WordPress. One single content management application. The way that you use it determines whether the resulting site is a blog or a standard web site.

    In terms of uploading an installing WordPress, you do need to first upload all of the files & folders that you downloaded to your remote server. The best way to achieve this is to use FTP software. Other than that, you should just be able to install the "WordPress Blog" software that your host offers as a 1-click install. It should still be exactly the same as the copy of WordPress that you can download from here.

  4. Positivek
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Esmi,

    Many thanks. Have been stumped on this for hours lol. This is my first delve into commuter language, codes etc. I noticed straight away, that a lot of the words are not really relevant to their purpose lol

    Basically it's blood confusing :-)

  5. Positivek
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Lee

    Looking back, however, I wish I had know to make my own username (rather than the default "admin" at the time

    Im not sure what you mean?

    Thanks very much for your reply :-)

  6. Positivek
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    The version of WordPress on 123-reg is V3.2.5 not V3.6

    What is the difference. Should I go for the V3.6 and if i do, I will need help uploading the files.
    If I go for the V3.2.5 will I lose everything I build, if I want to upgrade to a later version down the road?

  7. Positivek
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Ok I have downloaded WordPress V3.2.5 from my host provider

    WordPress is asking me if I want a single or multiple blog installation. What does this mean? I want to open an e-shop for guitars

    It also asks if I want the multiple in Sub-dmoains or sub-directories. What is the difference. Am I right in thinking this is about how many pages i can have on my website, or different parts within the site like, buying, selling, repairs etc?

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    What does this mean?

    WordPress can be configured to run just one site or run a number of sub-sites.

    I want to open an e-shop for guitars

    You want a single installation.

    It also asks if I want the multiple in Sub-dmoains or sub-directories

    You can safely ignore this as you don't want a multisite installation.

    Am I right in thinking this is about how many pages i can have on my website

    No. You can have as many pages as you want in a single installation. Multisite is something entirely different. wordpress. com is an example of a really huge multisite installation. Millions of individual sub-sites in the wordpress.com domain.

    Stick with the single install and you'll be fine. :-)

  9. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    The version of WordPress on 123-reg is V3.2.5 not V3.6

    Try installing 3.2.5 and then immediately updating it to 3.6 as soon as it is installed. You will be able to do this via Dashboard -> Updates.

  10. leejosepho
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Looking back, however, I wish I had know to make my own username (rather than the default "admin" at the time

    Im not sure what you mean?

    During your installation, go slowly and watch for options such as selecting your own username rather than the default "admin" username every hacker in the world already knows to try while hoping to only have to guess your password in order to get into your site. There are other options also, but I do not know enough about them to comment here. Just take your time and do a few Googles along the way, if you wish.

  11. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

  12. Positivek
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hey Esmi, thanks so much. I've updated to 3.6. For once something is going well ;-)

  13. davidduncan17
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi Positivek,

    I think you posted a question on my first support question called First Installation and I had an email about it but now its disappeared. Sorry for the delay have been unwell for a few days. I use 123-Reg and WordPress Blog is WordPress (confusing!!?)

    Anyway I have been going back and fro with 123 Reg trying to sort out my website because I couldn't even see the site or get to the dashboard panel. Eventually I was told to download Filezilla and get to my site's structure via the FTP and the delete the original WordPress Installation and install it again but leaving the folder names blank so Wordpres installed in web/content folder. Once I did this (it took a couple of deletes and reinstalls) it all works now and I have managed to upload a theme I purchased from ThemeForest (which I would recommend) many themes relevant to sales and some to guitars and music shops and you can add all sorts of plugins e.g contact page etc easily

  14. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    @davidduncan17: As per the Forum Welcome, please post your own topic.

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