Steve Lewis wrote: > dwain alford wrote: > >> first question. i have xampp installed locally for testing a blog i >> am about to launch. should i create a database first in the mysql >> module before installing wordpress? > > > yes. you will need to specify the name of the database in > wp-config.php. see also the instructions i created a database in myphpadmin. i set the database name in the config file. i am using the defaults for the program so there is no password. i saved the file as a .php, but it is a text file. the other .php files do not have the text file icon. is this proper behavior? >> second question. the 5 minute install instructions says to upload >> everything. where do i place the wordpress folder on my hard drive? >> should it be in the htdocs folder in the xampp program folder? > > > put the Wordpress folder in as a subdirectory of your htdocs folder. i did a drag and drop to the htdocs folder. when i paste the following command: /wp-admin/install.php, i don't get the promised password and a send-off to the login page. i know i'm missing something here. how do i get the browser to find the install.php file? it seems like additional address information should go in front of the /wp-admin..., but i don't have a clue what it would be to point the browser to the install file. dwain -- dwain alford dwain.alford at gmail.com http://www.alforddesigngroup.com The Savior replied; "There is no such thing as sin;..." 'The Gospel of Mary of Magdala'