CMS stands for Content Management System. It is a system, as the name implies itself, which organizes the content of a website. Instead of encoding hardcore scripts and programs to a webpage every time a web developer or a blogger publishes a page, a CMS is used to make it easier and systematized.
Perhaps, the most popular and commonly used blogging CMS is WordPress. Mainly because of its database security, thousands of available plugins and themes, optimized for search engines, and its ease of installation.
Top branded website/blog users of WordPress are:
- Digg Blog
- You’ll find a showcase of websites powered by WordPress in this link
Installing WordPress CMS
In this blog post, I will show you how to install WordPress on your webhost. There are two ways in installing WordPress CMS for your blog: one is manual and second is assisted by Softculous or Fantastico on web host’s cPanel. Both of which can be easily performed.
If you want to execute more customized installation or migrate an existing site, you may choose to perform a manual installation. Otherwise, if you want to quickly start a new blog, you can use our Softaculous auto-installer to setup a new WordPress instance with just few clicks
The first thing to do is to download the latest stable release of WordPress. The installation package can copied from the official download page. Make sure that you get it only from this link.
Extract the zipped file once the download is complete and upload the files to your web host. You can accomplish that via your web host’s cPanel, then File Manager, then upload files. Or, you may use an FTP Client Application like Filezilla.
To install the CMS on your main domain address (ex: www.louiesison.com), make sure the files are saved at the public_html folder. However, if you wish to use WordPress on part of your website only, you can always make a subfolder like public_html/journal (ex: www.louiesison.com/journal).
The next step is to go to your website to begin the installation. In our example, the files are saved to the main directory root (public_html), in that case – www.louiesison.com.
You will be greeted by a welcome message stating that you need a wp-config.php file and that you should create one. To proceed, just click on the Create a Configuration File button. Here’s how it should look like:
The next page will require you to prepare the essential information needed for the installation. Mainly these are: database name, database username, database password, database host and table prefix.
One you have the details ready, hit the Let’s go! button to proceed. You will then be directed to a page where you need to input database information. Make sure that you enter on each field the correct requirement. The page should look similar to this:
Once done, hit the Submit button.
On the next page, administrative information is required. Details like: the site title, username and password, and your email. Usernames are irreplaceable so make sure that you provide the correct one the first time. On the other hand, site title and password can be modified even after the installation. Your email will be used to send the installation specifics and in case you forgot your password.
Once filled out completely, press the Install WordPress button.
Finally, your new WordPress Content Management System is installed. To access the admin page and start posting blogs on your site, click on the Login In button.
WordPress Installation using Softaculous
Another way of installing WordPress Content Management System on your site is by the use of Softaculous. This procedure takes only about few minutes and does not require and advance knowledge in scripting or database skill. This tutorial will help you install a completely functional WordPress platform on your web hosting account.
First step is to login in your cPanel (ex. www.louiesison.com/cpanel) Enter your username and password provided to you by your web host. On your cPanel account, locate the Softaculous link under the “Software/Services” section.
The next page will ask you to choose the application you desire to install. On the left section, locate the link for Blogs, then WordPress, hover on the WordPress icon, and then click on the Install button.
Finally, enter the required fields for your site – title, description, administrative username and password, administrative e-mail etc. and click on the “Install” button.
Please note that by default Softaculous will install the application in a “wp” sub-folder. That being said, if you would like to be able to access the website only via your domain name you should delete the wp string from the “Directory” field. If you want to install the application in another sub-folder you should simply type it in the field.
That’s it! Your WordPress application is installed and ready to use. You can now login and start blogging!
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