The Things You Should Do Before Installing WordPress

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WordPress is well known as a powerful free blogging tool that creates beautiful blogs and websitesSome WordPress beginners may ask what we need to do before installing WordPress. There are several things you should do.

Register a domain name

The first thing you need to do is register a domain name. A domain name, or web address, is the home of your website and often ends in extensions like .com, .net, .org, .info, .us, .biz, .tv and more. Today there are numerous extensions available, but .com is still the most popular by far.

First, think of some good domain names that you’d like to use and avoid using awkward spelling name. It won’t do to think of only one — it might already be taken by others. Then you will need either a credit card or a PayPal account to pay for the domain. This is a requirement of most if not all registrars. It will allow you to claim and get the domain name immediately on application. Finally, go to the big domain name companies to register a name.

Choose a web host

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Once you have registered your domain name you’re ready to find a web host.

A web host is where all the magic happens, as the saying goes. This is where you get your email addresses, install any scripts (WordPress, forum, shopping cart, etc.) and more.You can’t actually launch your site until you sign up with a hosting account. Most hosting companies offer at least a monthly and yearly fee structure. Obviously, buying a year’s worth of hosting saves you $$ in the long run. Read the terms for the obvious items like termination and other what if scenarios. Make plans for backups (more on this in another post). All entry level hosting accounts will use what’s called shared hosting. This refers to sharing one server (the web server) among a number of different accounts/websites. You will likely buy what’s referred to as aVirtual Private Server (VPS) or virtual machine. Simply put, you won’t be able to see the other accounts and the files and directories on the server will appear as though you have the whole computer to yourself – but you don’t. Once you sign up you’ll be given an account with username & password. Save these in a safe place – don’t skip this step!! This is where a password manager will help – it will do it pretty quickly.

WordPress server requirements for Version 3.2+:

  • PHP version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.0.15 or greater
  • (Optional) (Required for Multisite) Apache mod_rewrite module (for clean URIs known as Permalinks)

Clean out the default email box

By default the email server associated with your domain will have at least one email box already setup. This is likely to be the same username you signed up with or one the host made up for you. Even if you don’t use this, you’ll likely need to check it and clean it out because this account will collect spam and other junk emails. If you don’t clean it out, it will fill up and eat up some of your limited disk space (many hosts limit how much disk space you can have).

Master some editing skills

you will need to know how to use a text editor to edit the main configuration file. If you are a Windows user, Notepad will do. Later, you will likely want to edit your Template Files. You can do this through the WordPress Administration Panels, but using a good text editor is highly recommended. You will need to be able to use an FTP program to upload files and set file permissions (optional). You could choose FileZilla for this task.

Once you complete the above steps, you can install a WordPress site for you own.

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