WebMinistry 2.0 for Churches {A Step-by-Step Guide} Part 3: WordPress and Its Famous 5 Minute Installation

wordpress_biggerTo have WordPress installed on your server as a base for your church website you will need the following 7 tools {if the previous statement sounds a bit strange to you skip these steps and go to www. Blogger.com}

{7 Tools Needed For a WordPress Installation}

{1} Obviously, you will need a computer, internet connection and a good browser. Chances are you already have several of these, but for an internet browser, we recommend the new Chrome browser from Google, which can be found at http://google.com/chrome.

{2} Your visitors will need to be able to find your website on the internet through an appropriate and descriptive web name called a “domain.” We suggest that you use http://GoDaddy.com to purchase a domain name from.

{3} Your WordPress based webpage will contain a group of physical files that will need to be stored on an internet server called a “host.” Hosting can be purchased in a package deal along with your domain name from http://GoDaddy.com.

{4} Your GoDaddy.com hosting comes with a mySQL databse and C-panel which contains a phpMyAdmin software to administer the database. You will not need SQL knowledge to install WordPress, but you will need to login the administrative panel and give your new database a name {again, if you are already lost, skip the rest and go directly to www. Blogger.com}.

{5} The official WordPress website is http://Wordpress.org from where you will download the installation package {NOTE: your hosting may come with a ready-to-go WordPress installation}.

{6} Your hosting should provide at least a web-based FTP client, which you will use to upload the WordPress installation files. In case it does not, the http://Filezilla-project.org will provide you with a free and convenient FTP client.

{7} WordPress has thousands of free templates, called “themes,” which you can use to chose and change the way your website looks. Additionally, a multitude of free add-ons called “plug-ins” are also available to enrich and/or modify the capabilities of your WordPress website. The good news is that the newest version of WordPress comes with a convenient tool that allows you to choose and to change your themes and plug-ins directly from the administrational panel.

Now you are ready to precede to the famous 5 minute WordPress installation:

{1} Forward your domain’s DNS to the proper IP, which points to the web directory provided for your WordPress website by your host.

{2} Upload the WordPress installation files to your host using the FTP client.

{3} Create your mySQL database using the phpMyAdmin from the C-Panel of your hosting giving it the appropriate name.

{4} Change the content of the WordPress configuration file and save it to your host.

{5} Run installation by entering your domain name in your browser and you are DONE.

SOURCE: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress