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I want to learn to install a blog (Wordpress) onto my domain. What should I know and how to do that?

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Isa.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kat Bartone
    Isa,

    The easiest way is to get into your cpanel interface, from there into fantastico, and then click wordpress in the left column. You fill in a few fields, click install, and voila, you're done.

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  • Profile picture of the author Emersion
    If you need more specific instructions, let us know what hosting service you are using.

    But as Kat explained, there should be a "Fantastico" icon within your Control Panel that you can click on. In there, you should have the option to click on "Wordpress" and then "New Installation."
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    • Profile picture of the author RanD
      Yeah, the install is pretty simple if you cpanel has fantastico.....most do.

      You just need to put in the user name and password you want to use for the admin account and select the directory that you want to install it. If the blog is going to be the main site, leave the directory field blank. That way the blog will come up when you got to "www.yourdomain.com". You only put a name in that field if you are adding a blog to an exiting site, so that it would be "www.yourdomain.com/blog" for example.
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      • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
        Thank you all. Okay, I will do that. I use hostgator for hosting.

        Earlier I read somewhere in the forum about themes and plugins. What are they and how to know what plugins I should get? I do not know what 'plugins' mean and their function. Can someone tell me about it?

        Thanks,
        Isa.
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        • Profile picture of the author coconutisa
          Thank you Robin.
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        • Profile picture of the author abelacts
          Originally Posted by coconutisa View Post

          Thank you all. Okay, I will do that. I use hostgator for hosting.

          Earlier I read somewhere in the forum about themes and plugins. What are they and how to know what plugins I should get? I do not know what 'plugins' mean and their function. Can someone tell me about it?

          Thanks,
          Isa.
          Themes determine the layout and design of the blog. It could be visible and invisible to the readers. Also there are free or paid themes. Just google free wp themes and you will get plenty of them. A plugin is a small program that serves a particular function, such as related posts, most popular posts, etc. You can pick and choose which plugins you'd like to install. If you are unsure what is hot, check this out: WordPress › Most Popular WordPress Plugins
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          • Profile picture of the author Sparklesperson
            DON'T EVER USE FANTASTICO - it's an open invitation for hackers!!!!

            Skills you need: FTP, setting up a database & user in Cpanel.

            Wordpress.org has a great guide on how to install. Hostgator also has excellent help with their 24-7 help desk.
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  • Profile picture of the author organicgirl6
    For a [free] step by step tutorial go to http://darrenmcduffie.com and download the Blog Setup Guide. It helped me SO much!

    Good luck!

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    • Profile picture of the author aquablue
      Check out Craig Desorcy and Abledragon on this forum. They both have very good (and free) WP guides. The WP site itself has very detailed installation guidelines as well. If you run into trouble, you can come here and post specific questions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Eric Graudins
    I suggest that you go to Caroline Middlebrook's blog and download her free book about setting up wordpress.
    It will tell you what you need to know.
    Make Money Blogging with Caroline Middlebrook

    And for more advanced topics, check out Istvan Horvath's free guide available from
    http://wp-book.onetimeinstantoffer.com/

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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    Here is a video showing how to do it. Most hosting companies use Cpanel so it is the same on most servers.

    One-Click Self-Installation of WordPress with HostICan WordPress.tv

    Also lots of other great videos on the Wordpress TV site to help you get the most from Wordpress.

    Quentin
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  • Profile picture of the author Yaro
    Try How To Blog - Why You Should Use WordPress | Become A Blogger - free videos from my friend Gideon Shalwick (I'm in one of them too) that show you how to install WordPress.
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