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Problems with Easy 5 Minute WordPress Installation on Windows (7 posts)

  1. Bill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Am following steps in the installation doc under topic title above to install WP on my own Windows XP Professional with IIS computer for the first time. (I am beginner and not very skilled technically.)

    I installed Web Platform Installer successfully.
    I received message that all dependent programs installed successfully but
    WP bombed so I rebooted and ran install again and got further; all the way to a screen entitled step #2 of 2 "Enter Application Info". I'm not sure how to fill this screen out. I have tried multiple ways but I keep getting an error after hitting continue. The fields are the following:

    Choose Data Base - MySQL (its the only option)
    Creat a New or Use an Existing Data Base - I've chosen "Create New"
    Data Base Administrator - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific?
    Data Base Administrator Password - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific?
    Data Base User Name - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific?
    Data Base Password - This is the only field that I was asked to complete earlier in the installation process. I kept track of it and input what I had previously chosen to enter here.
    Data Base Server Location - I'm not sure what I should put here.????
    Data Base Name - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific?
    Unique Key for Passwords - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific? Can I leave blank?
    Unique Key for Secure Passwords - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific? Can I leave blank?
    Unique Key for Authentication - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific? Can I leave blank?
    Second Unique Key for Authentication - Can I put anything here or must it be something specific? Can I leave blank?

    I have received several different error message depending upon how I completed the fields. The latest one was "Unable to Connect to any of the Specified MySQL hosts. Do you want to go ahead with install anyway?" I have chosen not to go ahead with install. Thought it might be risky. So I am stuck at this screen.

    Would be grateful to anyone providing advice to solve this problem and help me get this program operating.

  2. Jason
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Is there a particular reason why you want to install locally instead of on a web host. You may find that for a few dollars a month, you can eliminate the headache.

    Have you installed xampp for windows on your local computer?

  3. Bill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I have intentions to develop a CMS from scratch for a small busines using WP.

    I posted your question to the forum a couple of days ago. The advice that I received was that it made sense to do development work locally for ease and speed of machine response then move to commercial host when ready to go public.

    Your thoughts?

    I will look into the xampp for windows link.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I can also thoroughly recommend EasyPHP for running WordPress locally on a Windows system.

  5. Bill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi esmi,

    Well, I've been struggling and learning and struggling.

    I ran that microsoft Web Installer Platform app a few more times. Sure, wish I was more careful the first time through, all might have gone smoothly.

    I have collected a few recommendations to install packages using the Apache hosting service - XAMPP and now easyPHP. I believe they all require that I turn off the microsoft IIS service which I am hesitant to do because I have a DreamWeaver installation which I think uses it successfully but not sure if my reasoning is sound or not.

    Anyway, back to the WIP install. Each of the last times through I wind up with an installation error for MySQL Windows Essential 5.1 saying that it couldn't install. Here it is from the log:

    DownloadManager Information: 0 : Install exit code for product 'MySQL Windows Essential 5.1' is 7
    DownloadManager Error: 0 : Install return code for product 'MySQL Windows Essential 5.1' is Failure (The security settings cannot be applied.)
    DownloadManager Information: 0 : Product MySQL Windows Essential 5.1 done install completed

    From what I can tell, something seems to be wrong with my password but I'm not sure what. I have been careful during installation to keep track of the password that I set up at the beginning to use again towards the end.

    Anyway, I am able to open the WordPress program locally. Is there a way to test it to determine if there is anything wrong with it? Especially the SQL data base functionality? I didn't see any testing procedure in the forum.

    thanks much

  6. Jason
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hollyhouse,
    There is no doubt that working locally will be faster. However, I think the cost of a decent host is inexpensive enough that it makes more sense for the development and testing to be done in the actual environment you will be running the CMS. Let face it, for $0.50 a day on a hosting account you can eliminate this headache and focus on the development.

  7. Bill
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for your thoughts Jason! I think I may be coming to the same conclusion. It was never the cost, just working ease and speed. Focusing on development is sounding attractive.

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