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  1. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    I downloaded the files, unzipped, got to the ReadMe, but when I open wp-admin/install.php, I get the following message:

    WordPress
    Error: PHP is not running
    WordPress requires that your web server is running PHP. Your server does not have PHP installed, or PHP is turned off.

    Now I can't figure out how to download PHP to download WordPress.

    I assume there is a step-by-step guide out there I can use?
    TIA for any assistance!

  2. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    If you are trying to install WordPress on your local computer you will need to setup WAMP or XAMPP (Windows) of MAMP (Mac) first. More info on that can be found WordPress_Installation_Techniques.

    Otherwise you need a host and domain registered to install and setup WordPress on.

  3. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    My apologies for not specifying. I am installing on Windows. I just installed WAMP, got it running in the background, and I still get the same error message when trying to open wp-admin/install.php.

    I have hosting at DreamHost. Does that factor into this part of the process?

  4. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Where are your WordPress install files located on your PC? They need to be placed in a specific folder within the WAMP directory => wammp/www/

    It's a good practice to create a subfolder within the www folder for your site as you may want to setup multiple sites and having them in their own folders will help organize them.

    You need to make sure the all services are enabled in WAMP and that you have a database created for the WordPress install.

  5. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    WAMP is located at: C:\Users\Chris\Desktop\wamp

    WordPress files are located at: C:\Users\Chris\Desktop\wamp\Wordpress

    Is that correct? What's the next step?
    (Thnks for the help, I am a Mechanical Engineer, and Computers and EE are the bane of my existence)

  6. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Take a look in the wamp folder. You should see a www folder. Your site files need to be in side the www folder.

    It would end up being:

    C:\\Users\Chris\Desktop\wamp\www\Wordpress

    When you visit localhost in your browser what do you see?

  7. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    OK, got the WordPress folder under the www folder.

    When I type in "localhost" into the search bar:
    http://imgur.com/so0NVkJ

  8. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    I never asked, but since you mentioned having a DreamHost account...

    What are you attempting to do? Do you want a locally installed WP site for testing and development, or do you want your site to be accessible online at a domain name?

  9. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    I have no idea. I want to make a website, and host it at Dreamhost.

  10. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    In that case I would start by logging into yor Dreamhost account.

    You have the option of installing WordPress via their One-click install. It's the quickest way to get you up and running, but not always the cleanest. If you want more control of the installation you can upload the wordpress zip file and extract on your site folder, create a database through the hosting control pannel and install.

    Installing locally on your PC will allow you to host your site on the web. It is mainly used to test and develop before going live.

  11. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    That last statement should have been..

    Installing locally on your PC will NOT allow you to host your site on the web. It is mainly used to test and develop before going live.

  12. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    OK, got that installed via Dreamhost.

    Does this mean I can uninstall:
    - WAMP
    - WORDPRESS
    - PHP

    from my computer's local drive?

  13. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Yep, not something you are going to need.

  14. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    OK thanks again for the help!

    In the wordpress on the site, it looks like I have a blog? I don't want that to be my format. I want to model it more like this site: http://crescentcuprally.com/

    How can I cahnge the entire layout to be more like that?

  15. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    For reference, this is the site I want to launch: http://www.redballtoportofino.com/

    And the wordpress-installed via Dreamhost takes me here:
    http://www.redballtoportofino.com/Wordpress/

  16. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    You can set your home page to be a static page. Under Settings > Reading you have an option for Front page displays... Choose static and the page you want (you will need a page created first). You don't have to set a Post page (blog).

    As for the other question, follow the instruction under the section Using a pre-existing subdirectory install on the following page https://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

  17. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    For setting a static page as the front page, I don't want it to be a blog at all. No comments or anything. Not a blog. It's just going to be text and pictures, etc. Is that an option with WordPress?

  18. Saravanan
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Yes, It possible to setup WordPress as a website with just text and pictures and without comments. You would have to select a theme that you like and ensure comments are turned off. You can find themes here and you can learn more about turning comments off here.

  19. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    OK, I have figured out how to make the site un-blogged.

    I have been watching youtube tutorials, and I can't figure out how to make my website "live." I have the http://www.redballtoportofino.com/Wordpress/ going fine, but i want it to just be http://redballtoportofino.com/ How can I do this?
    Is it something within DreamHost?

  20. Saravanan
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Seems like you have installed WordPress into the subdirectory ~/wordpress,
    if you want it to be at http://redballtoportofino.com/, then your might need to install WordPress into the root directory. You can try to move all your files from the /WordPress sub-directory to the root directory using FTP or Dreamhost admin console if possible.

  21. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    You can do this by following the instructions under the heading of Using a pre-existing subdirectory install.

    I do this with almost every install as I like to have the site files for the WordPress install organized in a folder and it adds another (tiny) layer of security to the site.

    The process is pretty simple. You change the site settings in your WP admin (Settings > General) and then make a small edit on the index.php file and copy the index.php and .htaccess file to your root directory.

  22. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    OK, I got to these steps, and now I have no idea what they mean.

    6. Move your WordPress core files to the new location (WordPress address).

    7. Copy (NOT MOVE!) the index.php and .htaccess files from the WordPress directory into the root directory of your site (Blog address). The .htaccess file is invisible, so you may have to set your FTP client to show hidden files. If you are not using pretty permalinks, then you may not have a .htaccess file. If you are running WordPress on a Windows (IIS) server and are using pretty permalinks, you'll have a web.config rather than a .htaccess file in your WordPress directory. For the index.php file the instructions remain the same, copy (don't move) the index.php file to your root directory. The web.config file, must be treated differently then the .htaccess file so you must MOVE (DON'T COPY) the web.config file to your root directory.

    Ideas?

  23. Saravanan
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    6. means if you are just running WordPress in your root directory(Parent directory where your WordPress files are now stored), you would have to move all your files to the WordPress directory.

    assuming you are on hosted on a Linux Server

    7. Then open the WordPress directory and copy the index.php and .htaccess files to the root directory.

  24. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Damn it. I just 404'd my site. I tried to remove the "/Wordpress" from the "WordPress Address (URL)" and I get an error when trying to get to my dashboard....

  25. Saravanan
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Would you elaborate on what you did and where you are stuck?

  26. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Please see the screencapture here: http://imgur.com/uhbIy0T

    Left screen: redballtoportofino.com/wordpress
    Right screen: redballtoportofino.com/wordpress/wp-login.php

  27. Saravanan
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    Did you complete all the instructions mentioned here. I believe you were trying to do steps 6 and 7. Did you complete all the way till step 11 ?

  28. tumbler510
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    No. I watched a youtube video and tried to take a shortcut to see if it would work. I never tried Steps 6 or 7

  29. Saravanan
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    I guess if you could just follow one set of instructions from top to bottom, i am sure you would have ended up with everything working the way you wanted. Could you try following the instructions from beginning. Just try to undo what ever you did following the video and do it fresh following the steps here. If things are getting too crazy for you, back up everything and start afresh.

  30. mlddev
    Member
    Posted 3 months ago #

    tumbler510,

    Reviewing your previous posts I see you mentioned step 6 and 7 under the heading Moving a Root install to its own directory on https://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory. Those instructions did not apply to your case as you already had WordPress installed in a subdirectory. The steps under the heading Using a pre-existing subdirectory install (the middle section of the page) were those you needed to follow. There would be only two files you would have needed to copy from your /wordpress directory to your root after changing the site settings in the Settings > General.

    Your steps would have been as follows:

    • Log in to your WordPress site.
    • Go to Settings and General
    • WordPress Address (URL) would stay as http://www.redballtoportofino.com/Wordpress/
    • Site Address (URL) would be http://www.redballtoportofino.com without the WordPress directory at the end
    • Save Changes
    • Next access your site files through FTP or your hosts Control Panel and go into your Wordpres directory and find the index.php and .htaccess files.
    • Copy them to the directory above WordPress (which should be your root, either the www, or htdocs more than likely)
    • Edit the index.php and find:
      /** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */
      require('./wp-blog-header.php');

      And add WordPress before the wp-blog-header.php like this:

      /** Loads the WordPress Environment and Template */
      require('./Wordpress/wp-blog-header.php');
    • Save your changes to index.php.

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