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  • Here we go…

    Question 1 –
    I updated the wp-config.php file in WordPad. No matter what I do
    the file is showing up as wp-config.php.txt. How can I save as a
    pure php file? Do I need to do this? The file name looks like
    wp-config.php but when I look at the properties, it’s

    Question 2 –
    I’ve defined the DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST on the
    wp-config.php(.txt) file. Is there anything additional that I
    should update? Do I need to erase all of the “//” stuff?

    Question 3 –
    And this is going to blow my cover. I’ve FTP’d files to a
    directory before, but I’ve never used a database. I have MySQL
    4.1.9. Where do I upload the directory? It says under step #4
    to “upload everything” but where? Do I upload to the MySQL
    database or to my normal FTP directory? Oye.

    Question 4 –
    Do I need an additional html editor or does WordPress act as one
    as well? How do I identify in the source code that the blog exists
    if I need an additional html editing program. I’m a fish out of
    water. 🙁

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  • Here we go:

    1. Try using simple editor, maybe Notepad if you do have a programming editor. Word processing editors are not a good idea on a general basis.

    As for the extension when you save the file. When you are saving the file, Select “All Files” in the “File Type” box on the Save dialog. This should under normal circumstances remove the .txt extension. If that doesn’t work, FTP your files as they are and then in your FTP client, right click on your wp-config.php.txt file, and select rename and remove the .txt extension.

    2. Once you have substituted the values for DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST, you do not need to do anything else. That should work perfectly fine without any problems.

    3. Your server is the one running MySQL, so you will not upload anything related to MySQL as such. So in your step 2 regarding the DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST values, you are actually supposed to give the information connected with your server’s MySQL configuration. You need to have a database created with DB_NAME prior to the installation, and the DB_USER that you specify must have enough privileges to create tables etc.

    4. You do not need any additinal HTML editor, unless you plan on modifying themes, and building custom themes for your blog.

    Hope that is helpful. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.

    To prove that I’m a newbie also…
    1. I take it your using a windows machine… go into the directory via filemanager and rename the config.php.txt file, it does need to be a php extension.
    2. It’s best to leave the comments alone… 2 months from now ya might look at the file and wonder what was what, comments are good.
    3. If your doing a clean install you have a couple of choices to make. First is this going to act as your website? In otherwords if I went to your site will I see your blog as the homepage or is the blog going to be in a different area than the homepage? If wp is going to be the website then it would normlly go into the httpdocs directory… all the files in that main dir… and you would reach the blog by (or if no otherindex files are in the home dir you wouldn’t need to type the index.php part)… if the blog was going to be a additional part of your site and not the main homepage of the site then you would create a sub dir in the httpdocs dir called “wp” or “wordpress” or “blog” or whatever you want then place all the files into that dir you would then access the blog via if you get my drift.
    4. If your setting your site up using wp as the main site the themes that you either make or get by the great people around here will provide all the html type coding (normally in css) and your site will be complete.
    Hope I helped a bit.. still trying to get a handle on this myself and I’ll be asking a real no brainer in just a second…

    Moderator James Huff


    You may find the Detailed Installation Instructions to be of some help in this situation.


    Heh. Thanks for the warning…. and please don’t use all caps….

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