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[resolved] Total newbie/novice needs help (10 posts)

  1. BrotherTom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have built exactly one website, and that was using Front Page. I now want to rebuild that same site with wordpress, but I cannot understand any of the instructions given here. I've managed to get files and theme installed on our server, but can't get anywhere. I want to get the theme preview to work so I can see what I'm doing as I experiment (that's what I liked about Front Page). I got that installed, but it shows our existing website instead of the installed theme. I cannot take the current site offline while I learn wordpress.
    Please help!

  2. indianman
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I think you should clear cache & try again.

    Hope it helps!

  3. BrotherTom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Nope, still shows our current website.

  4. TCBarrett
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Ask your hosting provider about running WordPress alongside your Front Page site.

  5. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I cannot take the current site offline while I learn wordpress.
    Please help!

    If you can not take your website out then you will need to install wordpress in folder and work on it once ready to go live you can move wordpress to root or use from directory.

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Moving_WordPress#On_Your_Existing_Server

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory#Using_a_pre-existing_subdirectory_install

  6. BrotherTom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Here's my novice side:
    I'm trying the first one, moving wordpress on your existing server, but I don't know what these steps mean:
    In the box for WordPress address (URI): change the address to the new location of your main WordPress core files. What's the new address??
    In the box for Site address (URL): change the address to the new location, which should match the WordPress (your public site) address (URI). Ditto
    Click Save Settings.
    (Do not try to open/view your blog now!)
    Move your WordPress core files to the new location. This includes the files found within the original directory, such as http://example.com/wordpress, and all the sub-directories, to the new location. What files do I need to move??

    Sorry to be so dumb, all I know is Front Page, and that I don't know very well.

  7. KrashKartMedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    This is what you should do.

    1. Download WordPress from the main site. 'wordpress.org'
    2. On your local machine (your computer) create a new folder and call it anything you would like. Make sure it is not named the same thing as a file. It's just a smart thing to do.
    3. Next, unzip the wordpress files into the folder you just created.
    4. Now you need to upload that folder into your hosting provider. You can use FTP to get it into the hosting, or using godaddy etc.. you can use the java up loader.
    5. Now you need to do the famous 5 minute install.
    6. once that is done, you can then visit your site / and type in the name of the folder you created. 'yoursite.com/newfoldername'
    7. From there, you should see the WordPress blog, and then you can mess around with wordpress.

    I do suggest you name your folder something that most people wouldnt think of typing in. If you name our folder "about" and you some how link to that folder, your sites users will see your install of WordPress. So name your folder something like "testingwordpress" and then unzip WordPress. Hope this helped.

  8. govpatel
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    On your local machine (your computer) create a new folder and call it anything you would like.

    Make sure it is not named the same thing as a file. It's just a smart thing to do.
    Next, unzip the wordpress files into the folder you just created.

    Correction when you unzip you will find that a folder was created wordpress and in that folder you will have folders and files

  9. BrotherTom
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Thanks to all, I figured it out, I removed the files and did a clean install to a subdirectory, now I can poke around and learn wordpress.
    Thanks again!

  10. KrashKartMedia
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    the folder is named wordpress, but you can rename the folder, just incase you already have a wordpress folder in there already. Why try to copy over, when you can rename.

    BrotherTom. Congrats

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