WordPress is one of the most popular blogging and publishing platform available today, with more than 70 million around the globe using it. In my last blogging for triathletes post, I recommended WordPress as a blogging platform simply of this reason. The support, themes, and plugins available for WordPress will make any idea you might have come true.
You basically have two different options with WordPress, WordPress.com and WordPress.org. With WordPress.com, you can simply setup your blog within minutes and you will be up and running on a WordPress.com domain. The beginner account is free and comes with 3GB of free space. With the free account, you don’t have to worry about owning a domain name, however it is more restrictive and comes with a branded wordpress.com domain (e.g.. yourblog.wordpress.com). Also, WordPress will display ads and will not allow custom design or the use of premium themes.
You can upgrade your account to premium for $99/year or business for $299. Both, will remove ads and allow for custom design and your own domain name. Only business option will allow for the use of premium themes.
WordPress.org, on the other hand, is a free software that you download and install on your web server and you have complete control over the software and blog. First, you will have to own a domain name and have web server to host your blog. There are thousands of web hosting companies that you can use and support WordPress. Some hosting companies offer WordPress install and setup.
Once you have the domain name, and web hosting service, next head to WordPress.org, and click on the “Download WordPress” button. WordPress will download as a zip file to your hard drive.
Next you need to setup a database on your server. This is something you can either do yourself or have your web hosting provider help you with that. You need to know the database name, user name, and user password.
When you unzip the WordPress zip file you just downloaded, you will see a file called “wp-config-sample.php“. Open that file in a text editor and you will have a file that looks like this:
Insert your database name, user name, and password and save the file. Once it is saved, you will need to rename the file to “wp-config.php”.
Next step is upload everything to your server using an FTP client and you can start the installation by going to yourdomain.com/wp-admin/ and you will see the installation screen. Follow the instructions and you will have WordPress installed within seconds.
Below is a good video that will walk you through the process step by step.
Note: If any of this has you confused or you feel in overhead, you might want to consider resorting to WordPress.com account or you can contact me to help with installation for a small fee.
Feel free to ask any question about the process in the comment section below and will try to help!