[resolved] Complete Newbie Completely Lost... (13 posts)

  1. warrenleon
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hey there,

    Got all excited about creating a blog site, downloaded wordpress and signed up for a year's worth of hosting on bluehost.com.

    And now...I have no idea what I'm doing. I may have gotten in over my head, but I'd love to figure it all out.

    Trying to install wordpress, but I don't understand the easy install instructions. I opened wp-config.sample.php and typed in my database info (name of database is my domain name?; what do I put for localhost?). How do I "upload everything"?

    I know, I'm hopeless. If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it. Or if there are any documents that spell out the installation process, could you point me in their direction.

    I'm working on a Mac, os x.3, and Firefox or Safari browser.

    Thanks in advance for the assistance!

  2. moshu
    Posted 11 years ago #

    It is advisable to start with the WP online documentation, the Codex:
    See especially the instructions for Installation:

  3. DavidDeCristoforo
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Hey, don't feel bad. I recently went through the same thing. These guys are really helpful and mostly, very good about not making us feel too much like morons!! DON'T use Safari!!!! The WordPress admin panel does not work worth squat in Safari. Use Firefox.

    You need to get familiar with some basic stuff. Your hosting service should have information on transferring files. If you are lucky, they will even have an FTP client available to you as part of your package. Check your online control panel to see. If not you will need an FTP app (for the Mac, Transmit is one of the best). And as "moshu" suggests, read the documentation.

    Good Luck


  4. warrenleon
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Thanks folks, for the help. I'm off to read the documentation. Don't know how I missed it before. Thanks again. WHL

  5. kickasspodcast
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I am 1000% n00blet so i will be bookmarking this thread.


  6. kickasspodcast
    Posted 11 years ago #

    is there any way at all to use wordpress if you have a Windows based server that Does support PHP but not MySQL, or do I have to pay the 40 bucks to the hosting company to move me over to their Linux server using Apache?

    Thanks for the help, this is one of the clearest written, highly tech, forums i've seen.


  7. GreenAlien
    Posted 11 years ago #

    you can setup wordpress on your bluehost account by using fantasico. Fantastico is one of the icons in your bluehost control panel.

  8. amory
    Posted 11 years ago #

    // DON'T use Safari!!!!

    I prefer Safari. The only things incompatible within the interface that I've found are the quick-tags, but I've never really used them anyway...

  9. dmperlman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    I'll second being a 1000% newbie at this. I used the WordPress one-click install (well, three clicks or so) on bluehost. It installed. If I try to run the install.php it says that WordPress is already installed (I think that's good). Now, if I'm reading the documentation right, to go to my administration panel, I'd go to the wp-admin folder... in this case... http://www.saltshaker.net/wp-admin

    However, when I do that, I get the following message: Not Found

    The requested URL /wp-login.php was not found on this server.

    Now, if I go into my http://FTP... all the wordpress files are inside a folder called public_html. The wp-login.php file is there too, but isn't inside the sub-folder wp-admin. How do I get whatever I need to get to point to the login to point to it... (I tried going to both http://www.saltshaker.net/wp-login.php and http://www.saltshaker.net/public_html/wp-login.php as well, and just got a "Not Found" error)

    Any thoughts on what I need to do to set this up? Am I better off uninstalling the one-click version and just installing from the downloadable software?

  10. dmperlman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Actually, I'm looking at it - maybe the fact that when I go to the install.php file it says it's already installed isn't a good thing... it says:

    Already Installed

    You appear to have already installed WordPress. To reinstall please clear your old database tables first.

    Before I go clearing something I shouldn't... what should I actually do to do this (I do have access on bluehost to both mysql and phpadmin)

  11. moshu
    Posted 11 years ago #

    If you installed with Fantastico why on the earth would you try to screw up your page by going and going and going to the install.php?
    This link works perfectly for me:
    it takes you exactly to the login page! If you don't see the login page try to clear your cache, refresh etc.

  12. James Huff
    Support Team Rep.
    Posted 11 years ago #

    DON'T use Safari!!!! The WordPress admin panel does not work worth squat in Safari.

    If your defination of "does not work worth squat" = "The quicktag buttons don't show up, but there is a work-around," Then I'll accept your outlandish, un-researched, and mis-understood statement.

    The only thing that doesn't work in Safari are the quicktags. And, there is a work-around. See: http://codex.wordpress.org/Answers-Troubleshooting#No_Quicktag_buttons_in_Safari

    I use Safari on my blog every day. Personally, I've memorized the Quicktags, so i don't use them anyway.

  13. dmperlman
    Posted 11 years ago #

    Well let's see... maybe because I've never used this software before and I was following the instructions... but, nonetheless, following ideas that popped up in other threads... I cleared both cache & cookies and was able to get to the site. Now just have to figure everything else out about this... :-)

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