I have built up a google page rank of 5 with this site and it has been very pleasing. But I want to run the site on its own servers, so I have moved it and all future postings HERE so this is probably going to be my last post on this site.
Do visit the new site and visit often. And if you have a site of your own, then absolutely feel free to link to my new site as well or instead of to here.
And today 25th March 2008 I have posted a comparison of image quality of the Nikon P5100 compact camera and the Nikon D200 dSLR.
I built photographworks.com using WordPress and if anyone wants some plain-English advice to how to set up a wordpress site on a web server, ask and I will try to answer.
What it involves though is this: the first thing to know is that WordPress comes in two flavors. This blog is one kind and its defining feature is that it is hosted on WordPress’s own servers. The other kind is where you download WordPress’s files and upload them to your own server. For the vast majority of people that means uploading them to a commercial web host. WordPress’s files contain the functionality of the site and also a couple of themes.
Themes are like different costumes that a person might wear. Some costumes are colorful; some have pockets where you can put things, etc. In the same way, not all themes make use of everything that the WordPress files have to offer, and it is interesting trying on different themes to see what they can do.
The makers of WordPress are giving you all its functionality for free and you are free to tweak it and alter it and do pretty much what you want with it. If you have expertise in CSS, you can change the appearance in other ways than just to swap themes.
For me, having WordPress hosted on a commercial host means I am free of the no-commercial-use restriction on wordpress.com sites.
Both kinds of WordPress are essentially the same thing, which is that they are content management systems. That means a software system that has a ‘front-end’ that the viewer sees and which is laid out with all the bits in the correct place, and a ‘back-end’ where you, the ‘owner’, can input information without having to go into the guts of your program and write code. That going-behind-the-scenes via a content management system is what a blogger does every time he/she writes a post, whether he/she is aware of it or not.
So if you want WordPress on your own site, the first thing to do is to go to wordpress.org which is a sister site to wordpress.com. Once there, read up about things and then press the DOWNLOAD button to download the WordPress files and images to your desktop.
As I said, WordPress offers these for free, for which you say thank you.
The folder of files and images is not very big, so it’s not a lengthy job to download them.
Open the WordPress folder and look around. You won’t break anything if you don’t change anything.
Now you need:
An html editor (I use TACO AVAILABLE HERE because it works; because I am on a Mac and it works with Macs, and because it is free.
A web host – in other words, a commercial web hosting company that will sell you a bit of space on their servers. Space on a shared server is fine and you can get something for a few dollar a month. Not all hosts are the same so it is good to know that some are set up to make activating a wordpress blog easy. WordPress. org has a few recommendations HERE .
A domain name – go to a registrar such as godaddy.com or another reputable one – and buy your domain. Some hosts offer a free domain name as part of their package.
Now you need to log in to your web host and navigate to your database and make a specific database to handle your WordPress site. That’s because the way WordPress works is that it stores information in a database and collects it to present as a post when the visitor clicks around the site.
Now open your html editor and open the file that is going to tell WordPress where the database is and how to get into it. It is a config file and the wordpress.org install page explains just how to fill in the necessary information.
Then upload the WordPress files to your chosen web host and follow the instructions on the WordPress install page, and bingo! you are now the proud owner of a site that has all the functionality of WordPress.
And if all that sounded way too difficult, well it sounded that way to me just a short while ago, but it gets easier – much easier – with practice.