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Installing WordPress.org on home network drive (Seagate 1TB GoFlex Home) (24 posts)

  1. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Hi all,

    I am completely new to WordPress so I would appreciate as simple as possible an explanation please if you can help me.

    I want to make a long term venture with my website (currently thinking of an affiliate site but not too sure). Just want to get the site operable first whilst I plan the long term goal for it. Therefore, rather than go the easier route with WordPress.com with some limitations and have to move to WordPress.org in the future probably, I would rather teach myself WordPress.org and have full functionality from the outset.

    Basically, I don't want to install WordPress.org on my hard drive (I don't have a personal laptop at the mo and don't want to install it on my business laptop or my wife's laptop), I would much rather install it on my home network shared drive (Seagate 1TB GoFlex Home) so I can access it from multiple laptops if need be for test and development to create my website an then when it is ready I will pay for web hosting and then upload it to a hosting server.

    - Is installing it on my network drive possible?
    - Is it exactly the same process as installing it locally on a PC hard drive?
    - If there is differences, it would be great to know what the process is?

    Like I say, a step-by-step process for a beginner would be great to get me up and running.

    Any other comments/feedback appreciated aswell.

    Thanks in advance.

    Mike

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

  3. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Which of those links would I use for install to a home network drive?

    Or do you need more info from me?

    And what is the difference between those links and the ones here:

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Installing_WordPress_on_your_own_Computer

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I suggest that you use a method that is appropriate for your OS.

  5. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Yes not too sure what it is...

    The network drive is Seagate 1TB GoFlex Home but I can't find info on the OS.... Possibly Ubuntu Linux but not too sure.

    Mike

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Are you using Linux, Windows or Mac?

  7. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    On my laptop or network drive?

    My laptop is Win XP but I want to install WordPress on the network drive and I am not sure what that OS is.

  8. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    You can install WordPress wherever you want but you will need to run a local web server on one of your computers to actually run it.

  9. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Ok it sounds a little complicated and I am wondering if any extra work is worth it...

    I guess here's the question.. Do you think I am better off doing this or just paying for hosting now while developing the site?

    (I guess I will want to back up the site at home anyway but that will be just WordPress files etc that can be stored on my NAS drive?)

    What do you think?

    Mike

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    If you intend to host the site on a remote server eventually, you might as well develop it there. Running a local web server isn't for everyone. If you install WordPress in a sub-folder or use a maintenance mode plugin, you will be be able to work without anyone actually seeing the site until you are ready for it to go live.

  11. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Thanks esmi,

    As a final question, I guess I could install WordPress on my nas drive and run a local webserver on the nas drive aswell instead of running a local web server on my laptop?

    Mike

  12. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Does the nas drive have a built in web server?

  13. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Trying to find out but in the manual it has this functionality...

    • Remote Access: GoFlex Home provides access to your digital content from anywhere inside or outside your home, using the Web-based Seagate Share application. You can
    even access GoFlex Home from your smartphone, such as an iPhone® or Android device, or from another portable entertainment device, such as an iPad®.

    So would I be right in thinking it does?

    Mike

  14. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    There's nothing that sounds like a true web server in there.

  15. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I can't see anything else in there about it...

    I don't know what is involved in converting my laptop into a webserver but I am assuming that I can't do the same thing on my NAS drive ?

    I am getting round to your way of thinking of just paying for the hosting now to avoid the headaches as I plan to get a plan with BlueHost eventually anyway and develop it there.

    W

  16. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    I don't know what is involved in converting my laptop into a webserver

    That would depend upon what OS your are running on that laptop.

    but I am assuming that I can't do the same thing on my NAS drive ?

    No. You need to be able to run multiple software packages - eg PHP, MySQL and Apache.

  17. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Ok ... My laptop is Win XP

    So in a nutshell if my NAS does not have a built in web server then I cannot get it to be one and install and run Apache, MySQL and PHP ?

  18. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Correct. The only other option is to install something like EasyPHP in your laptop and run the web server on there.

  19. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Great help so far and much appreciated...

    I think I am getting there ...

    But your advice would be leaning towards getting a web host straightaway?... Any particular reason for that?

  20. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Well, you're going to get hosting eventually, so why not sooner than later? also, I'd normally only recommend using a local server for developing/testing themes & plugins. Moving a whole site from a local server to a remote one is not a simple task. See Moving_WordPress for the full, gory, details.

    Why bother with all of that hassle when you can develop the site almost as quickly on a remote host?

  21. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Well money basically ... But that is another story :)

    Just thinking I'd rather work locally rather than paying for hosting when the site is bringing no revenue in whilst in development... And I don't know how long that will be - as I have to teach myself WordPress aswell BTW ! :)

    I will need to keep a back up of the site locally though but I guess that is just a bunch of files ?

  22. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 11 months ago #

    Actually all you need for a site backup is just a database backup (sql) file and copies of any images you have used. You don't even need a copy of your theme unless you've (a) bought it and/or (b) modified it. Just the db backup and the images is enough to recreate a site if the very worst happens.

  23. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    After reading up a bit more, think it makes send for me to install WordPress.com first and stry with that (as I see this is hosted for you free of charge)... The reason being Iban familiarise myself with how to build the site first.... Once O am comfortable, I will take your advice and go straight to WordPress.org and pay for hosting.

    Hopefully this makes sense to you ?

    I am sure I will be back in the forums in due course for other topics.

    As I said though your help so far has helped a bit with the learning curve. Thanks.

  24. Mike
    Member
    Posted 11 months ago #

    If you think the above is a good idea to familiarise myself with wordpress first then I guess another question would be if I teach myself WordPress using WordPress.com and maybe even build the structure of the site with it (minus the limitations WordPress.com has compared to WordPress.org), then how much of a big deal will it be to move my WordPress.com site to WordPress.org on a hosting server later ?

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