This has been an on and off project for me. I have yet to complete a single step on the first try. I'm here to ask for help.
I am hosted by fatcow.
I dowloaded the wordpress into a folder home/blog/wordpress. Then I expanded it. I open the readme file.
I copy wp-config-sample.php and save as wp-config.php
I opened wp-config and update the info. I have the name of theDB, I have the userid I created for the DB for wordpreess, I have the password (check double check, changed, check, double checked)
I didn't change the local host
I didn't change the tablee prefix bit
I didn't change the WPLANG bit
I didn't change anything after the "Stop that is the end" bit.
wp-admin/install.php and it tells me it can't connect to the DB
Thank you for your patience and attention. I will be happy to provide further details.