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[resolved] Newbie trying to use Worpress for blog page (18 posts)

  1. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Greetings!

    I'm brand new woth WordPress. I have a website and want to add a Blog page to it. My host server offeres Wordpage to be directly downloaded and installed on the host server and I did the download and installation.

    I synced both my host server database with my own local database on my hard drive as I am my own webmaster, and all WordPress folders and files have been installed on both databases.

    I have access to my WordPress "Dashboard" which shows me the blog page and all controls. I built a "blog page" on my website (www.dustyfrank.com) which of course is blank and says "Coming Soon".

    My question is, now that I've got WordPress installed on my host server's database and my local database, what is the next step? How do I get a blog page from WordPress to display on my website?
    By the way, I'm using FrontPage 2003.

    Baby steps would be appreciated!.....

    Thank you -

    dusty ~

  2. Roy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can install WP locally on your computer for testing, but you should install it on the server that also contains your website.

    Here's some literature.
    http://codex.wordpress.org/Main_Page

    [edit] That "interactive blog" link should point to the WP installation. If it's installed in a folder called "blog", then the link would be http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog

  3. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You can install WP locally on your computer for testing, but you should install it on the server that also contains your website.

    I did that already as I mentioned.

    Here's some literature.

    I scoured all of this literature before I joined this forum. I found no references to the issues I'm inquiring about there.

  4. Roy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Did you see my edit?

    [edit] That "interactive blog" link should point to the WP installation. If it's installed in a folder called "blog", then the link would be http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog

  5. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    That "interactive blog" link should point to the WP installation. If it's installed in a folder called "blog", then the link would be http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog

    This is probably a simple thing to do for most but I'm a newbie. Are you saying to download WordPress again into a folder on my computer's database in which I shall name "blog"? Do I unzip the download keeping all files contained? This just doesn't make sense to me seeing I already have the WordPress files on my host server database as well as my hard drive database.

    thanks

  6. Roy
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    but you should install it on the server that also contains your website.

    I did that already as I mentioned.

    So you say that WP is already installed on the webserver? Where then? If you've got WP up and running, the only thing you need to do is make a link in the html part of the WP (which has nothing to do with WP) to the WP installation?

  7. s_ha_dum
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    dbfrav,

    You have WordPress installed at the root of your site-- that is, in the same folder as all of your other stuff like this page, for example, make_a_new_life_plan.htm. And this one: http://www.dustyfrank.com/index.html.

    That is going to cause trouble because the server is going to look for index.html, index.htm, or index.php (and possibly others). Once the server finds a file it stops looking for the others in the list. For your existing part of the site to work the server needs to find index.html. For WordPress to work the server needs to find index.php. Essentially, if you put index.php first in the list WordPress with work. If you put index.html first in the list the rest of your site will work. Plus, you may not even have access to the list at all.

    You might be able to cheat around the problem with careful linking and rewrite rules but probably the easiest thing to do is install WordPress to a subdirectory (a folder) named something like 'blog'. That way the file names don't conflict.

    You also mentioned using FrontPage. FrontPage can interfer with WordPress so that is another reason to use the subdirectory option.

  8. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    apljdi,

    you are correct and I thank you for your detailed reply. index.html is the homepage file for my website and I see just under that file is index.php.

    I will uninstall WP and then reinstall it in a new folder I just created in the database named "blog". I'll let you know how I make out.

    Thanks....

  9. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    OK, I sucessfully uninstalled the original download of WP and now downloaded and installed a fresh version of WP directly into a sub directory folder I created on the web server/host database and then I synced that with my local database here on my PC's hard drive....All WP folder and files are now contained within this folder (named blog) and are now on both databases.

    I accessed my "dashboard" from the email WP sent me containing my username/password but I'm now clueless of my next step to get locate and get the WP blog onto my website page (www.dustyfrank.com/interactiveblog.htm)

    Any baby step instructions guiding me through the rest of this setup will be greatly appreciated!....

    Thanks again,

    dusty ~

  10. s_ha_dum
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

  11. mentalist3d
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You will need to edit all your HTML pages and remove the link to interactiveblog.html and replace it with the link apljdi posted above.

    Personally I would be tempted to make a local backup of your html files, and remove them from the server. Install WordPress at the root level and copy and paste the text from your html files into WordPress pages, and set-up the blog page. See WordPress as an easy to use CMS rather than just a blog.

    The advantage of powering your entire site using WordPress is that your site will keep a uniform look, but it is down to preference.

  12. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    apljdi -

    Try this: http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog/ :)

    That's exactly what I want to appear when someone clicks on my "Interactive Blog" page on my website!!!....That's perfect!....How did you do that and how can I get that exact page to come up when someone clicks on "Interactive Blog"?

    And please, I've come this far and I feel I'm almost there....please remember I'm not a pro...I only am half-versed with the simple HTML makings of my website. I'm a newbie with code and linking and a complete alien to WordPress...Please give me baby steps and I'll be eternally grateful!....

    dusty ~

  13. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I know I have to link my web page link dustyfrank.com/interactiveblog to the http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog folder in the database....I'm trying to do this in my Navigation mode (FrontPage) but I don't exactly know how....It's letting me link to any of the "Internal Hyperlinks" that are on the database but it's not giving me the option to link to the WP "blog" folder....Any advice will be appreciated!

    Thanks!

    dusty ~

  14. fonglh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    change the link for "Interactive Blog" from the current "interactive blog.htm" to "http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog/"

  15. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hi fonglh -

    change the link for "Interactive Blog" from the current "interactive blog.htm" to "http://www.dustyfrank.com/blog/"

    Thank you. I'm trying to do just that but I don't know how...I can't find any way to change the path of the link....There seems to be no editable regions for it...

  16. fonglh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You have to open your index.html file in a text editor and modify it there.

  17. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You have to open your index.html file in a text editor and modify it there.

    I know it may seem that I'm a complete simpleton, but with this I may be....Can you give me steps in how to do this?

  18. dbfrav
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Never mind, I did it!!.....I went into Navigation and clicked on teh drop down "Add Existing Page" and I selected "Blog" (WP Folder) and that did the trick!.... Thanks to Roy, apljdi and fongl for all your kind help!!!

    dusty ~

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