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  • On the first WordPress installation screen, it asks whether I want to install it in the root directory or a named directory. I registered and hosted a domain name yesterday. I want to begin with my blog and build it out to a website later. From what I have gathered by looking at other blogs attached to websites, the path should ultimately show as http://www.mydomainname/blog.

    So my question is: On that first installation screen, should I leave the field blank to install in the root, or should I fill the blank with the word “blog” minus the quotation marks of course?

    I’m quite sure that this is a terribly elementary question. The linked path to my blog can probably be specified later. However, experience has taught me (particulary when it comes to this technology) that I am better off not to make any seemingly simple assumptions.

    Thanks for helping. /Stephen

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  • If your planning to move the blog to a subfolder later, you might as well start it out there. (Moving it later can be a pain.) You can always make the homepage in the root folder into a cover page lead-in for your blog while you build the rest of your non-blog site.

    Thank you! That is exactly what I needed to know. Not only did you save me the time and “pain” of trying to move it later, I really appreciate your suggestion to make a home page lead-in to my blog. This is actually what I had anticipated that I wanted to somehow do, so I’m sure glad I asked the question. This is my first time using a support forum. Thanks for surprising me with a very good experience. Kind Regards/ Stephen

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