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[resolved] Do you need a domain to install WordPress ? (11 posts)

  1. steveoh2013
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Do you need a domain to install WordPress or would hosted space (with MySQL databases) be OK? I tried to install WordPress using Installatron.com, but it failed becuse it couldn't find the path or folder (or words to that effect).It might be the case that the path/folder was in error, but I would like to be sure I need/don't need a domain before I try again (most of the instructions mention a domain).

  2. Tara
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

  3. steveoh2013
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    I did read these (or similar) beforehand, and as WP could be installed in a sub-directory, I guessed that you wouldn't neccessarily need a domain. I have read the suggested reading and what stands out is :-

    "To run WordPress your host just needs a couple of things:
    ■PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
    ■MySQL version 5.0 or greater"

    No mention of having to have a domain, so I assume the answer to my question must be "No", but frequent mentions of a domain made me doubt.

    I'd have liked a "Yes" or "No" answer.

  4. WPyogi
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Yes - this isn't really even a WP question - you can't have ANY site on the internet without a valid domain name.

    EDIT - some hosting companies may offer a temporary domain name or sub-domain - but that's a hosting question, not WP.

  5. lettergrade
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    If you already have a root domain name, you can install WordPress in a subfolder and run it there. Your url would be http://www.root.com/subfolder, etc.

  6. steveoh2013
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Thanks for the replies.

    I now know that I do have to have a domain.

    It isn't true that "you can't have ANY site on the internet without a valid domain name." I have a web site on the web space provided by my ISP (http://home.btconnect.com/thetopper) without the need for a domain, as do many others. I have taken paid-for hosted space as the ISP's space does not provide MySQL databases. I could easily set up a web-site there without the need for a domain (some of the pages of the original web site sit there eg http://steveohara.dns-systems.net/summary/sparky_summary.php?sort=1a ). I thought the same may have applied to WP.

  7. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    What do you think http://home.btconnect.com/thetopper is? It's a domain name - albeit a sub-folder off the main domain. If your new hosts offer a similar url, you can use that with WordPress if you want to.

  8. steveoh2013
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    blimey!! that was quick!!

  9. steveoh2013
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Apologies for my ignorance, but I was under the impression that a domain had to be in the format http://www.websitename.xxx

    Apologies about the links, too (I'm new here)

  10. esmi
    Theme Diva & Forum Moderator
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Nope. In it's broadest terms, your site is operating under a domain name if the initial part of any link to the site contains blahblah.com - ie words and not numbers. However, you will be sharing http://home.btconnect.com/ (for example) with millions of other site owners - which simply isn't good enough for many WordPress users. They want a unique, relevant, domain name for their site that may also give them better search engine placements.

    See what your hosts offer in the way of a temporary url (in this context, "temporary" just means not a posh, unique, url). That said, now that you've forked out for hosting, you can pick up a .co.uk domain name for about £12 for 2 years - which is buttons really. Apart from anything else, it makes it a lot easier to give out a link for your site over the phone. :-)

  11. steveoh2013
    Member
    Posted 9 months ago #

    Thanks very much for this. Much appreciated.

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