I tried the 5-minute set-up. I clicked on the link in step 5, "Open /wp-admin/install.php in your browser."
This text was at the top of the next page given to me:
wp-config.php file. I need this before we can get started. Need more help? We got it. You can create a wp-config.php file through a web interface, but this doesn't work for all server setups. The safest way is to manually create the file."); require_once('../wp-config.php'); require_once('./upgrade-functions.php'); $schema = ( isset($_SERVER['HTTPS']) && strtolower($_SERVER['HTTPS']) == 'on' ) ? 'https://' : 'http://'; $guessurl = str_replace('/wp-admin/install.php?step=2', '', $schema . $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'] . dirname($_SERVER['PHP_SELF']) ); if (isset($_GET['step'])) $step = $_GET['step']; else $step = 0; header( 'Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8' ); ?>
The bad code goes on in various palces throughout the page. It appears to be PHP generated. I am using PHP 5. For PHP, I enabled mysql.dll extension, set my path environment to see PHP in the proper directory, and stopped/restarted my server (Windows IIS).
When i try to access wp-admin/index.php or wp-admin/install.php, i get a 404 page not found error.
My wp-config file seems OK - I have looked over it several times.
It is frustrating to see all the tutorials explain how easy the set-up is because I have been at this for over 6 hours. After reading the help posts here in this forum, I believe the problem is in my PHP set-up somewhere, but I do not know for sure, nor do I know _what_ about PHP 5 I am supposed to fix.
MySQL is set-up and I created and tested a table for it successfully. WordPress seems easy as pie. The errors I get look PHP related. So I figure that has to be the problem.
I did a manual install of PHP 5.1.4. I have read through the long php.ini file several times and, I confess, I just dont even know really what to look for or what to change.
Before this morning, I knew absolutely nothing about PHP, MySQL, or installing WordPress. But now my head is full. Can anyone point me in the right direction?