[thelist] wordpress - mysql - no clue

Noah St.Amand noah at tookish.net
Thu Sep 22 09:48:14 CDT 2005

Hi Dwain,

dwain alford wrote (9/22/05 3:29 AM):
> i am in need of a bit of assistance.  i am planning a blog using 
> wordpress.  i have read the initial installation instructions, but i'm 
> not sure how to begin to set up the database.  from what i have seen of 
> blogs, there is a post and there can be comments added to the post. this 
> is all new and foreign to me.  would someone please, gently, put me on 
> to what i need to do to begin work on this blog?

The first step is to set the database up at 1&1. You don't need any 
tables in the database, just an empty database. You'll also need your 
MySQL username and password for accessing the database. So, for example:

Database: "myblog"
Username: "dwain"
Password: "password"*

(* You probably know not to use "password" as your password, but just in 
case you don't, don't use "password" as your password.)

You may be able to do this through your admin panel at 1&1, or you might 
need to contact them. In any case, once that's done, set up WordPress as 

1. edit the file "wp-config.php" in the WordPress root directory; change 
the first five lines so that they include your database information; so, 
  using the sample database information above, they would look like:

// ** MySQL settings ** //
define('DB_NAME', 'myblog');     // The name of the database
define('DB_USER', 'dwain');     // Your MySQL username
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password'); // ...and password
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');     // 99% chance you won't need to 
change this value

2. upload the WordPress files to your server via FTP
3. browse to the file "/wp-admin/install.php"; just follow the 
instructions, and in 30 seconds you should be all set up and ready to 
login to the blog management area


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