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  1. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I clicked on the download of 1.5 with zip. Now what? I need step by step instructions. Please help me.

  2. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  3. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    there has to be some kind of person to person help. here goes, I have my own online magazine http://www.audacitymagazine.com . I had a webmaster but she is no longer able to volunteer her time. The magazine is a non profit organization so I have to do this on my own. I went to the zip file and renamed it. There is no save option but there is an open option however, I dont know what else to do. It says in the instructions about my webserver, I dont know who what where when or how. For something that takes five minutes it is really not.
    Please help me.

  4. chuckblue
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I know nothing about php or mysql, yet by following those directions above I managed to get it to work.

    If you have any problems, stop back by and the folks here will help you.

  5. satoshi
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    <i>For something that takes five minutes it is really not.</i>

    It takes five minutes when one has knowledge of their server and stuff (no offense). You say you don't know "who what where when or how." Can you log into your website, like FTP or cPanel? Or some other sort of admin control?

  6. Java
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You dont know what your server settings are so you can install WordPress on your site?? You will have to have these settings in order to setup WordPress.... atleast your database settings.

  7. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ok I went into my cpanel. I named the things. Now I have to do the next step about text editor which I have no idea at all.
    I know, I know, how can I have my online magazine and not know these things? I ask myself the same thing every time I have to do some techie stuff. But I can get into my cpanel however that was never said before until someone here posted that link. THANK YOU FOR THAT LINK!
    Now I have to know if I have a favorite text editor.

  8. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    So you should have the name of your MySQL database, the name of the user, and the user's password. Open the wp-config-sample.php and fill this information in where the instructions tell you to, replacing the stuff in 'single quotes' with your information, keeping the 'single quotes'.

    Then just follow the rest of the steps in the 5-minute install. The 5-minute install sort of assumes that you know, or at least know how to get, your database and MySQL info. I guess that's not such a valid assumption now that so many non-techish people are beginning to use WordPress.

  9. satoshi
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    If you're on a Windows system, Notepad should suffice. I can't really say much about Linux or Mac, though.

    My first time installing WordPress was quite the experience. I had no prior experience with databases and such. The only other system I had used before was MovableType, and even then, I didn't fully set it up on my own. My friend did most of it. When I first installed WordPress, I followed the instructions included, and it turned out amazingly well. I was quite confused at first, but I just followed them step by step.

  10. CPanel, you say? You may find these installation instructions to be more comprehensive:

    http://www.tamba2.org.uk/wordpress/cpanel/

    For text-editors, see this list:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary#Text_editor

  11. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I opened the wp config sample php and renamed it like it said but once it is renamed you cant save it. It has the option to open it and when I tried to open it it said that that file doesnt exist and do I want to create one.
    So I think I am doing something wrong in this area.

  12. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I went to notepad and found the wp config thingy but when I opened it all these weird symbols came out. then i found another one in notepad and it said that it couldnt find it.

  13. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    How were you editing it before? I'm not sure what happened to make the file get all corrupted like that. You should just open wp-config-sample.php in Notepad or some other plain text editor (NOT Word), fill in the info, and then use File>Save As to change its name to wp-config.php.

  14. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    according to http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress you have to rename it. I did that but when I did that it said that that file doesn't exist and do I want to create a file. but according to you what you just posted I should open the sample.php in notepad and change it there. Is that correct?

  15. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    What I did (and this worked for me) was open wp-config-sample.php in Notepad, I changed the information, then I went to File>Save As and saved it as wp-config.php. That created a new file called wp-config.php for me with the proper information, and wp-config-sample.php was left alone. I just did it this way so that in case I messed up, I would have the original to go back to.

  16. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ok so how did you get to wp-config-sample.php in notepad. I went to notepad and I get wordpress with gibberish but I dont get any place to choose the sample php file.
    I really appreciate this help. Please hang in there with me.

  17. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I opened the zip file and then I clicked on the sample php and the stuff I need to change is there you know the database info and in that window on the top it say notepad without me having to go to notepad. Do you think I should make the changes there?

  18. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    So you're saying that you've already tried to open the files in Notepad but they just come out as gibberish? That sounds like there's something wrong with the files you downloaded. Did you unzip and decompress the files after you downloaded them? Right now, that sounds like the most likely explanation.

  19. Java
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Try opening it in WordPad instead. Go to the file and right click on it, choose open with , then choose either notepad or wordpad to open it. Then you can edit it. I use EditPlus myself to edit php pages so im not sure which will work for you WordPad or NotePad, since you said Notepad made it gibberish

  20. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I went to the folder where I have the wordpress zip file. I clicked on the I AGREE part then a window opens up with all these files that pertain to wordpress. I scrolled down until I came to wp-config-sample.php and when I opened that one line came out that I assume is where I should make the corrections like LOCAL HOST and so forth. However, my question is, should I make those changes there and then save it with a new name?

  21. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    <?php
    // ** MySQL settings ** //
    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
    define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value

    // Change the prefix if you want to have multiple blogs in a single database.
    $table_prefix = 'wp_'; // example: 'wp_' or 'b2' or 'mylogin_'

    // Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the
    // chosen language must be installed to wp-includes/languages.
    // For example, install de.mo to wp-includes/languages and set WPLANG to 'de'
    // to enable German language support.
    define ('WPLANG', '');

    /* Stop editing */

    define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__).'/');
    require_once(ABSPATH.'wp-settings.php');
    ?>

  22. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    that is what shows up in the sample window when I click it without going to notepad however in that window on the top it says notepad. even this will be difficult to fill in. so should i make the changes in this window?

  23. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    That's exactly what you're supposed to be seeing. This is the place where you should be making your changes.

  24. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    ok so based on what I pasted above to you what do I delete or replace. I am scared since I know that one wrong move can mess me up.

  25. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    define('DB_NAME', 'wordpress'); // The name of the database
    define('DB_USER', 'username'); // Your MySQL username
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password

    Replace the stuff in 'single quotes' with your information, keeping the 'single quotes' around. The database name goes in the first line, the MySQL username goes in the second line, and the password goes in the third line, just like the instructions say. ^_^

  26. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    pretend for the sake of arguement, that the DB is peanuts_wordpress because when it asked for db I typed Peanuts but when i see it on the screen it added the underscore and the word wordpress. Do I type peanuts inbetween the single quotes or do i type peanuts_wordpress. By the way this happened to all of the other stuff.

  27. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    That's just becasue cPanel likes to do that. You should use the names with the peanuts_ prefix. It did to that for my MySQL stuff too. Use the prefix.

  28. thediamondgirl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    should I put an underscore and prefix for the password as well? and when I do that do I go to file in that window and save it under the file name sample or do I change the name? UGH> PLEASE HANG IN THERE>

  29. Avenir
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Don't use the prefix for the password. cPanel only adds the prefix to database and usernames.

    After you're done editing the wp-config-sample.php, go to File>Save As and then enter wp-config.php in the "File Name" field. Then click OK. This way, if you messed something up, the old wp-config-sample.php will always be around for you to go back to and still have all the original settings.

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