A few notes about installing WordPress :
- WordPress is a third party software. We do not update or maintain this software once it is installed into your hosting account. It is your responsibility to make sure that WordPress and all third party software is up to date at all times. This includes all themes and plug-ins that you happen to install for WordPress. The good news is that updates to WordPress and it's related themes and plug-ins are very easy and can be managed directly from the WordPress Dashboard. These updates are essential in keeping WordPress secure and preventing hackers from gaining unauthorized access.
- Installing WordPress for the first time will install a MySQL database on your account. This database will be where all of your new WordPress data will be held. If you plan to re-use a directory name which you have used for a previous Wordpress installation, be advised that any MySQL tables associated with your previous installation will be overwritten.
- WARNING: You will be asked to enter a MySQL password as part of the WordPress installation. If you already have one, you must enter your existing MySQL password. If you use MySQL elsewhere on your site and you DO NOT REMEMBER your password, you may wish to contact us before proceeding with your installation. Whatever password you enter as part of the WordPress installation will become your account's new MySQL password. Please make note of your new MySQL password. You may need it later in order to do back-ups of your WordPress database contents or to update your Wordpress User Profile information.
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How to install WordPress from your Datarealm /admin :
1) Connect to your account control panel at: http://www.yourdomain.com/admin.
2) Select the WebSite Tools tab.
3) In the left hand menu, you will see the option for Blogging Software. Please click that.
4) On the next page you will see the following -
If you have more than one domain, please select the web address you would like associated with this WordPress installation.
5) After you have selected the domain, please click Add WordPress Instance. You will now see -
7) First, choose a directory to hold the WordPress software. For example, if you enter 'wordpress', your new installation will be available at http://www.yourdomain.com/wordpress. Be advised, the directory name is case sensitive. If the specified directory name does not exists, it will be created for you. If you specify nothing, your WordPress installation will be placed in the main directory of your account.
8) Enter the password used to access your existing MySQL database(s). If you do not yet have a MySQL database set up, this will become the password to access all of your future MySQL databases. Please make note of your new MySQL password. You may need it later in order to do back-ups of your WordPress database contents or to update your Wordpress User Profile information. Please contact support if you have any questions about this step.
9) Click on Install Wordpress. This can take a few minutes to complete. If everything goes as planned you will see a Success message in green at the top of your page. If you receive any errors, please contact support.
11) Once the WordPress files are installed into your account, you will need complete the installation. You will see the following -
Click on the Install link and you will be presented with a WordPress page asking for important information about your new WordPress site. You will need to provide the following -
Site Title - Just as it sounds. Specify a title for your site. By default this will appear on all of your WordPress pages. This title can always be changed later in your WordPress Settings.
Username - The default is "admin", but you may change this to anything you want. This will be the first part of the login you need to provide in order to access the WordPress Dashboard.
Password - You will be asked to create a new password here. This is separate from the MySQL password that you specified earlier in the installation. This password will be the second part of the login you need to provide in order to access your WordPress Dashboard. You will need to enter your selection twice and will be told how strong your selected password is.
Email address - This email address will be used for any admin requests. Any password reset request emails will go to this address.
Privacy - Or "Allow search engines to index this site." If you check this option, searches such as Google will index your WordPress posts and pages. If you leave this option unchecked, your site will be configured to discourage search engine indexing. It's up to each individual search engine to honor this. Datarealm/WordPress can not guarantee your site will not be indexed. PLEASE NOTE, if you require your WordPress site be private while in development (or for any other reason), consider password protecting your installation. More on that can be found here. Also note, this Privacy setting can always be changed later in your WordPress settings.
After you have entered all the required details, please click Install WordPress. Ideally, on the next page, you will see a success message and a button to login to your new WordPress Dashboard!
And that's it! WordPress is now installed in your account.
Your Wordpress URLs :
You can always access this Wordpress installation by going to www.yourdomain.com/folder_name/ where "folder_name" is the name of the directory you specified when installing WordPress. Or if you installed WordPress into your main directory, you would simply access the new WordPress site by going directly to www.yourdomain.com.
To reach your WordPress Dashboard, you can always use the "log in" option presented on most default Wordpress pages (under the heading of "meta"). Or you can go to www.yourdomain.com/folder_name/wp-login.php. Alternatively, www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php if your WordPress instance is installed right in your main directory.
Now, go have fun with WordPress!
If you have any problems with this installation process or have any questions about what to do next, let us know!
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