unhappy with WP website paid for, how to modify? please help (21 posts)

  1. lucygoosey44
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I paid for a wordpress website, included in the cost was instructions on how to update and modify (instructions which I am yet to recieve). . the website is also NOT what I wanted and the form especially for the personalised books are very clunky and not great.
    I want to learn myself how to modify OR start the website again, can anyone help with the best place to start? Is there a good wordpress book I can get or a series of tutorials that are for a very beginner?

    I downloaded webmatrix thinking I could play around with it in there but I cant even add a theme in there! lol I am worried about playing around in the backend of the live site as I dont want to mess the website up (even though I really don't like it, ha)

    I would really appreciate all help as we have a few new books to add to the site and I have no clue how to do it!

  2. Have a look at WordPress for dummies -
    It's a good place to start

  3. lucygoosey44
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks so much Christine!
    When I am trying to play with WordPress is using webmatrix a good idea or is it not the same?

  4. Sidney Harrell
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I've never heard of webmatrix, but if you want to play with a local copy of your site, then my suggestion is to use WAMP
    Assuming your using Windows, of course. (Not as good as Linux, but to each their own, and everybody has to start somewhere :)
    W(indows, the operating system, of course)
    A(pache, the web server software)
    M(ySql, the database software used by WordPress)
    P(hp, the software used to interpret the language that WordPress is written in)
    The WAMP package bundles it all together, making it a lot easier to install and configure. Then you can just download and unzip the WordPress package into a local folder (inside the folder that WAMP is configured to serve from) and point your browser to http://localhost/wordpress
    After it walks you through configuring database access, you can get into the backend through http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin and start playing around.
    Have fun, and please keep coming back!!

  5. Lesta G
    Posted 4 years ago #

    can you post a link to your website

  6. lucygoosey44
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Thanks Sidney, that sounds great - will get that now!

    Lesta the site is http://www.whimsicalwombat.com.au - - if you have any suggestions or know of any templates for a simpler form I would be very appreciative!! We ideally want each book on its own page with a form bellow. . . and change the website a lot too! lol
    Thanks all!!

  7. David Gwyer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    +1 for Sidney's suggestion.

    Using WAMP is sooo easy and great for testing things out locally. You can set-up several different WordPress installations just by creating another folder under the localhost root folder.

    You can do the same on your live site by using a Plugin such as Theme Test Drive:


    When activated you select a theme that you want to be active for admin ONLY. Everyone else will see your 'main' theme. This is great for testing out new things or how a new theme might look on your live site without anyone else seeing it.

  8. lucygoosey44
    Posted 4 years ago #

    thanks dgwyer, I have installed WAMP. . . but a I am getting an error message when I try to run the program

    Exception exception in module wampmanager.exe at 00000f15A0 could not execute run action ".

    Thanks for the link to work on my live site - I will try that when I have a bit more confidence that I wont ruin the whole thing!

    Another question - I have wordpress for dummies and the is some useful stuff in there (which I will try when I get WAMP working) but is there a book that focuses more on making a wordpress website (or updating one) as the majority of this book id about blogs and doesnt include things like carts and other website stuff I need.
    Thanks for hleping!

  9. lucygoosey44
    Posted 4 years ago #

    I am using Windows 7, maybe it doesn't work with that?

  10. Sidney Harrell
    Posted 4 years ago #

    It's probably some security software running on your system. Apache starts a service listening on port 80, and mysql starts a service listening on port 3306. I would expect some dialog box to open up asking you to allow a program to run as administrator after you try to start WAMP.

  11. rsgrone
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If you are sing Windows 7, install IIS 7.5, grab a copy of Zend CE (Community Edition), when you install ZEND make certain you choose to install on MySQL and uncheck the other database options, (make certain you have Java installed) and you are good to go....

    You do not need WAMP, Apache, or any other webserver other than what is listed above...

  12. rsgrone
    Posted 4 years ago #

    P.S. you actually paid for that template?

  13. lucygoosey44
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sidney - thanks for that, don't think I can shut off my antivirus though. .

    rsgrone, thanks - so is ZEND is instead of the others?

    We paid to have the whole website built, we don't have any wordpress knowledge at all. . . so I am trying to teach myself to so I can fix it and find a template or theme and go from there!

  14. Sidney Harrell
    Posted 4 years ago #

    If I were running on a platform targeted by 2 million viruses, I'd run an antivirus, too.
    Sorry, Windows vs. Linux is a religious war, and it's easy for me to get sucked in and end up offending someone. I will say this:
    1. WordPress: free, open-source
    2. PHP: free, open-source
    3. MySql: free, open-source
    Now, does it make sense to complete the stack with:
    4. IIS: licensed, closed-source
    5. Windows: licensed, closed-source
    4. Apache: free, open-source
    5. Linux: free, open-source
    Maybe you've got an old PC you could put a LAMP stack on, or at the least, dual boot. Ubuntu 11.04 came out yesterday, and it's very user friendly.

  15. rsgrone
    Posted 4 years ago #

    LucyGoosey... trust me, ignore that rambling about how great Linux is... Microsoft is now hosting their "blogs" with WordPress as well...

    Besides, if you are not much into programming, and hacking software with little to no support, stick with your Windows 7 machine since, you have what a few hundred thousand certified and Microsoft employees watching out for you and your personal data on a daily basis..

    In fact once you get IIS 7 or 7.5 installed on your computer, you can using Microsofts "Web PI" and it will install WordPress complete with everything you need if you care to go that route...

    My preference is the method I have already described for you...

  16. Sidney Harrell
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Then why not take that philosophy to it's logical conclusion and use a closed source database, like Microsoft SQL, a closed source language, dotNet, and a closed source website framework, dotNetNuke?
    See what I mean, it's a religious war.

  17. David Gwyer
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Also, one tip if you are using WAMP and you also use Skype. When you turn on your PC make sure you run WAMP fisrt, THEN run Skype. If you don't then Skype hogs the port that WAMP runs on and won't activate.

    Took me a while to figure that one out!

  18. rsgrone
    Posted 4 years ago #

    @sydney harrel... your ramblings are so mundane... the person seeking assistance has a PC or Laptop with Windows 7 running on it...

    You may have simply told the person seeking assistance to wipe out their hard drive and TRY to place some opensource flavor of Linux on it when, they are simply trying to get WordPress to run on their existing equipment... not an argument as vague and ridiculous regarding who "you think" has the best OS...

    Getting WordPress to run on a Windows 7 box is as simple as installing IIS 7.5 on your PC, do a web search for Microsoft WEB PI (Web Application Platform Installer) and automatically install WordPress for you... It is very simple and will create the MySQL database for you (if you are unfamiliar with MySQL) along with PHP all designed for your PC...

    From there, accessing WordPress is as simple as typing in http://loclahost/ and presto, your are at your WordPress installation..

    I prefer the first method I outlined because, when you use ZEND CE, it will give you the options of installing MyPHPAdmin at the same time which, you will find that when you come to these boards looking for answers, most that will answer database questions will tell you to open you MyPHPAdmin because they are so into this open source non-sense, that they cannot or do not know how to manipulate MySQL from either the command line, or via MySQL Workbench... the end and good luck

    P.S. Regarding WAMP, running WAMP on a Windows box, will do nothing more than consume much more memory than simply install IIS 7.5

  19. Sidney Harrell
    Posted 4 years ago #

    Sorry, I thought she was trying to set up a mirror of her server to act as a staging area for playing with changes before moving them up to the live site. If the server is running IIS, then by all means use IIS. But more than likely the server is running Apache, then the staging area should run Apache. Making changes to a live site is nerve wracking enough without having to worry about a change of platform. Best tool for the job, and all that.
    BTW, you misspelled localhost. And there is no need for personal attacks. You're a fan of IIS, great, defend that position with facts and leave aside the characterizations.
    PS. live http headers says...
    Server: Apache
    X-Powered-By: PHP/5.2.14
    And you can probably find someone through here (http://www.linux.org.au/usergroups) that will sit down with you and help you with making a dual boot setup, which involves shrinking your windows partition, not formating it, so windows 7 would still be available to you.

  20. LINS88
    Posted 3 years ago #

    you indicate: Getting WordPress to run on a Windows 7 box is as simple as installing IIS 7.5 on your PC, do a web search for Microsoft WEB PI (Web Application Platform Installer) and automatically install WordPress for you... It is very simple and will create the MySQL database for you (if you are unfamiliar with MySQL) along with PHP all designed for your PC...

    From there, accessing WordPress is as simple as typing in http://loclahost/ and presto, your are at your WordPress installation..

    I disagree. I have W7 and webmatrix from windows but yet still not as simple as everyone says. was getting errors re: localhost password "yes" and now wp-php-config issues. Everyone seems to have their own idea of the best way to do this; maybe this is because they are into programming and coding but for the simpleminded individual that simply wants to use WP your (& WP's & windows') simple steps are not so simple. I expected that once I downloaded Webmatrix and followed their step-by-step instructions it would be seamless....appears to me it's "seemless".

  21. rsgrone
    Posted 3 years ago #

    The problem is not Windows 7, IIS 7.x. Web Matrix, etc.. it is your overall lack of knowledge regarding both Windows 7. IIS, and WordPress...

    If you're Windows installation is broken go to the Microsoft forums as, you are the ONLY person I know that had issues with this install process... Microsoft employees thousands of top-end developers that are degreed individuals that are there to provide product development, security monitoring, and support whereas, any opensourse OS you use, you are on your own and must collaborate with a series of programmers and hacks...

    Your issues are simple security issues... you need to read up just a little on the use of IIS and Windows 7... you will find a plethora of web resources out there from bona fide professionals...

    If you cannot accomplish this, believe this, you would be unable to use any advanced methods or unix/linux style installations...

    To resolve your issue, simply allow anonymous access to your seb site you created via IIS Management console otherwise, your site is IN FACT working 100% once again simply because you failed to follow the instructions presented to you during the web matrix install...

    Be careful however, if you are not using a firewall, and allow anonymous access to IIS then you are allowing the world access as well… It is the way WordPress works…

    IF you want to access your installation with a user name and password, I would suggest simply using the same information you use to log on to your Windows 7 box… Have a nice day 

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