How to Install WordPress : Installing WordPress

WordPress Blogging software is one of the best and one of the easiest to Install and Setup.
This is a basic guide to installing WordPress.

This is a very quick guide to installing WordPress is aimed at those who already have a working knowledge of concepts such as FTP, Config Files, MySQL Databases and have access to their own web server. This WordPress Install Guide is guided towards Apache servers running on Linux with PHP installed and a MySQL Database available.  For version 2.9.2 (version available at time of writing this install guide) the minimum requirements for installation are PHP version 4.3 or greater and a  MySQL database version 4.1.2 or greater. If you are unsure contact your website hosting company or check your control panel (e.g. cPanel). You will also need FTP Access to your web server and FTP Software – I recommend FireFTP which is a FireFox Plugin and is quite a good FTP Client.

Step 1 : Download WordPress & Extract WordPress on your PC

WordPress is Free and you can download it at http://wordpress.org/download/

The software downloads as a compressed ZIP file and is about 2.2Mb which would take under a minute on decent broadband.

Once Downloaded, you can extract this on your PC. Depending on your PCs setup you can usually right click on the zip file and select “Extract Here…” – a folder should then appear with all the source code in the root directory and 3 subfolders.

Step 2 : Upload your WordPress code to your webserver

Next you need to connect to your web server by FTP.

Usually you will be brought into / or if you are lucky /public_html/

The /public_html/ directory is where your homepage’s files are located – if you want your blog to be your homepage you can install the software here – Be warned if you already have content in this directory overwriting it could stop your current site from working.

However if you want to have www.yourdomain.com/blog then create a folder called “blog” in /public_html , and upload the code into that directory. You can call the directory anything – but if you are writing about for example Social Media, a good address would be /social-media-blog/ giving you keywords in your web address (always try use keywords in your web address)

Uploading the code to the server could take up to 10 minutes. Only when your files have been uploaded , visit the web address where you installed your blog, e.g. www.yourdomain.com/blog

If everything was uploaded correctly, you will be presented with a screen telling you that you have to create a configuration file – click the button to create your WordPress config file on-line.

Step 3 : Config – Setting up the WordPress Configuration File

You will be asked for the following;

– Database Name   … This is the name of the database which you want to link to
– Database Username … This is the username for your WordPress database
– Database Password … This is the password for the database you wish to use fro WordPress
– Database Host … usually localhost but some hosting providers may differ
– Table Prefix … set to wp_ but you can change this if you wish for security.

If you have entered the details correctly you will then be able to run the Install Script – click the button to start Installing WordPress.

Step 4 : Final Parts of Installing WordPress

For this next step you will be asked for the following;

– The Blog Title, e.g. “My First Blog” or “Shanes World of Social Media and Blogging”
– Your Email – as administrator you will be notified of major events on the blog
– All blog to appear on search engines – Make sure you tick this box so that the WordPress Blog notifies search engines when you post new content.

Click Install

You will then get a username of admin and a cryptic password.
Very important that you now copy this password (ensure it is copied) and click  Log In.

Log in as admin with the password you got above.

Thats it – Installing WordPress is finished … Congratulations you now have a WordPress Blog installed.

I hope to extend this install guide to cover how to add plug-ins and themes in the future.

WordPress iPhone App – The ideal iPhone App for Blog Owners

WordPress iPhone App – The ideal iPhone App for Blog Owners

FrontPage of WordPress iPhone AppIf you run a WordPress blog and you have an iPhone (or indeed an iPod Touch) then the WordPress iPod App is for you.

You can run multiple blogs using the same App. There was a previous version of the WordPress App but if you had this old version WordPress for iPhone 2 or 2.1 won’t automatically update the old app to 2.0.

The new WordPress App has a better user interface overhaul, some improvements to the software, some bug fixes, as well as some requests.

The WordPress App 2.0 and 2.1 allows you to add and update your posts and blog pages.
The updates in the 2.0 / 2.1 version of the app are.
* A better user interface making it easy to view comments, posts, and pages with a brand new comments interface
* Posts are automatically saved and restored if network connection is lost during publishing
* The WordPress App re-opens in the blog you last used
* You can manually enter the XMLRPC endpoint for non-standard setups – other XML issues resolved.
* Fixed edge case where local drafts were sometimes not saved WordPress App Posts Page
* Fixed the order of photos so that they’re displayed in the order they’re uploaded
* A post or page can be deleted by swiping across its title in the Posts or Pages list
* People who made comments, their email addresses are now visible
* Fixes for the link helper, errors in using the more tag, Comments section and URL issues.

The benefit of this great App is that you can compose a few blog entries even without WiFi or 3G connection. As soon as you have connection you can just hit the post button and update to your hearts content.
You can Download the WordPress iPod App from the iTunes App Store.
http://itunes.com/app/wordpress2

Drop in Google Rankings revisited…

Drop in Google Rankings revisited…

I recently found out that the site had duplicate content titles and descriptions, as well as about 200 files not found, from the links directory. If you want to ensure that you have constant Google traffic coming to your website, don’t annoy Google, as duplicate content is a big no no.

This may be why the site had a huge drop in Google traffic and Google rankings previously written about on the blog – so I have done the following (if anyone else has had these problems)

  1. Added the links directory to robots.txt so that the outbound links php file is not indexed
    Some of the pages in the links directory are dead links and are therefore not found.
  2. Removed WordPress plugins which created dynamic urls which caused indexing problems
    Also added these directories (the dynamic ones) to robots.txt as they served no real purpose.
  3. Created a New XML Sitemap and submitted that to Google Webmaster Tools
  4. Cleaned up the PHP scripts in the pictures gallery so that there was less chance of having large numbers of duplicated title, description and keywords content
  5. Analysed the error.log file for any pages which may have being causing problems.

Hopefully these steps should help in getting the site’s Google traffic back up…. Heres Hoping!

This is an old post which was originally on my old shanemcdonald.org site and now resides here on shanemcdonald.ie