The incredible popularity of WordPress as the leading blog tool and publishing platform is credited to its extensive reach of web development and management features, from free downloads, a vast collection of templates, and efficient documentation instructions. But, aside from these, I believe that WordPress continuously gains loyal users because of its effective user-friendly usability. It is the only publishing platform that offers a 5 minute installation process. It is known as the Famous WordPress 5 Minute Installation.
Prior to the introduction of the WordPress 5 minute install, users selected a web host server first to get them started. Although there are thousands of choices of web hosts available in the Internet, there are certain providers that the WordPress community recommends to its users. They are BlueHost, DreamHost, MediaTemple, Laughing Squid and Hostgator. These web hosts are the “best and brightest of the hosting world,” according to WordPress. Using a web host saves you a lot of time and provides a one-click installation process for users. However, the common drawback is the intimidating technical skills required from the users.
Today, I’ll discuss with you how to install WordPress from a non-technical viewpoint. Since Microsoft Windows is the most common operating system the public uses, I will share with you the WordPress 5 minute installation guide specifically for Windows versions Windows XP professional, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows Server. Before you begin with WordPress, install the Microsoft Web Platform Installer or the Web PI.
The Web PI is an installer that gives easy access to up-to-date database applications such as Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server Express, or MySQL, .NET Framework, and Visual Web Developer for free. This platform installer also allows users to run and install web applications available in the Windows Web Application Gallery. Among the built-in web applications in the gallery is WordPress.
So, step 1 is to install and run the Web PI on your computer.
Step 2. Browse through the applications and go to the WordPress installation page.
Step 3. Install WordPress by clicking the “Install” button. What is so convenient about this installer is it will determine the least set of components and modules you need to run the WordPress application. The Web PI will install the requirements automatically which you did not have up to this point.
Step 4: Configure the new database by accepting the terms of the server you are required to install. For example, if you need MySQL, a password registration will prompt on your screen. Always remember your password for future use and troubleshooting.
Step 5. Select the webpage where you want your WordPress to be installed.
Step 6. Answer the WordPress setup information and once completed, click “Launch in Browser.” You will now be able to customize your own WordPress website including putting in new themes, new plugins and all the other back end stuff you need access to in order to make your site a thing of beauty.