Hi, I'm new to wordpress, but have just installed it on an AN Hosting account via 'fantastico'. It seems mostly normal, but it has some serious problems which I think are all connected. The major symptom is that I cannot create new categories via the web interface. I also cannot delete comments with the delete command from the section that lists all recent comments, though I can delete them from the actual blog post. Finally, my index.php file was locked and I had no .htaccess file. When I tried to change the permalink structure in the options, it said that it didn't have access to the .htaccess file.
My guess is that the problem is something to do with permissions, but I am not sure. I tried creating a .htaccess file and changing the permissions on the index.php file, and this fixed those problems, but the others remained. Despite trying to change all permissions to very permissive options, I haven't been able to add categories at all. When I type in the details and click the 'add' button, the form resets but nothing else happens.
Does anyone know what is going on and how to fix it? If you are hosted with AN Hosting, have you had similar problems, or has it just worked? I know my way around ftp and can change file permissions if need be, but I'm no expert.