Hello. I'm new to wordpress, and to web development, but I have decided to put a blog on my student web account. University of Washington has PHP but they make you set up mySQL on your own with detailed instructions (http://www.washington.edu/computing/web/publishing/mysql-install.html)
Followed the instructions, got mySQL up and running on my web space and phpMyAdmin to manage it. Then I made a new database called "blog" using phpMyAdmin.
However, I have yet to get wordpress to install. I use these settings (but have changed them around to test it)
define('DB_NAME', 'blog'); // The name of the database
define('DB_USER', 'root'); // Your MySQL username
define('DB_PASSWORD', '****'); // ...and password
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value
but every time I go /wp-admin/install.php I get :
"Error establishing a database connection! This probably means that the connection information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect. Double check it and try again."
What am I missing? Should I try making a new mySQL user account rather then using root?