Thursday, August 6, 2009

How to make your own flash game portal: Part 4 - Setting up your first wordpress arcade.


Today I'm going to show you how to set-up Wordpress on your hosting plan.

1st of all most hosting plans automatic set-up but sometimes it is for an out of date wordpress. I recommend you set it up yourself, this also will help you get familiar with the files and database, which will be very important for tweaking your site.

This post will demonstrate in detail the process of the WordPress's <a href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Famous_5-Minute_Install" target="_blank">famous 5-minute installation</a>.<!--more-->
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<li>"Download and unzip the WordPress package, if you haven't already." - I am going to recommend you <strong>not</strong> install the newest version, but rather install 2.8.1, because all the important plug-ins are not updated yet. So this is how you get to Wordpress 2.8.1 - You go to the Release Archive and download the very plain looking 2.8.1 zip file - here is the url: <a href="http://wordpress.org/download/release-archive/" target="_blank">http://wordpress.org/download/release-archive/</a></li>
<li>"Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a <a title="Glossary" href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary#MySQL">MySQL</a> user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it." - I will walk you through Host Gator's process for now, your host might be similar or atleast the names of where you click:<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-118" title="host gator database" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-7.png" alt="host gator database" width="344" height="112" /> Click on <em>MySQL Databases.</em>
<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-119" title="name your database as your domain" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-9.png" alt="name your database as your domain" width="445" height="108" />Type in your new flash portal arcade <em>all words together, all in lowercase</em>. Then click [Create Database]<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-124" title="fulldatabasename" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/fulldatabasename.jpg" alt="fulldatabasename" width="391" height="100" />Your Complete Database Name will have your personal server account name and the database you just created. Remember to <em>Write This Down</em>, because you will be using it later. For this tutorial we will use psan_swaggames<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-125" title="databaseuser" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/databaseuser.jpg" alt="databaseuser" width="471" height="356" />Step A, Now you are going to create a user name. Click [Create User], then press back. Step B is adding the new user name (i.e. psan_mamaj) write yours down, remember the host will attach your personal server account name to the user name you created. To add the user to the database, select the new user and the new database and click [Add]</li>
<li>At this point you should have 3 things written down: 1) database name (i.e. psan_swaggames),2) your full user name (i.e. psan_mamaj), 3) your user name password (i.e. whatever). Now it is time to "Rename the <tt>wp-config-sample.php</tt> file to <tt>wp-config.php", find this in the word press folder you just downloaded.
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<li><em>"</em>Open <tt>wp-config.php</tt> in your favorite <a title="Glossary" href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Glossary#Text_editor">text editor</a> and <a href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Step_3:_Set_up_wp-config.php">fill in your database details</a> as explained in <a title="Editing wp-config.php" href="http://codex.wordpress.org/Editing_wp-config.php">Editing wp-config.php</a> to generate and use your secret key password."<img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-126" title="Picture 9" src="http://mikeedla.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/Picture-91.png" alt="Picture 9" width="459" height="231" />Inside your wp-config.php file look for my sql settings. Remember your database name, user, and password; fill them in now. DB_HOST stays at localhost (atleast for host gator) if it doesn't work on your host, ask your host for help, it is an easy question for them to answer.</li>
<li>"Place the WordPress files in the desired location on your web server:" Ok now <em>copy all</em> the files in your wordpress folder and ftp or uploaded to your host. I upload into a file called swaggames.com, but you are probably uploading into a file called public_html</li>
<li>"Run the WordPress installation script by accessing <tt>wp-admin/install.php</tt> in your favorite web browser." So you go into any web brower (i.e. Firefox) and type in your domain name followed by the above (i.e. http://swaggames.com/wp-admin/install.php).</li>
<li>Now it should be working, I would go change the permissions on your install.php, or even delete it!!!</li>
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!!!! You should have a word press working on your domain now, I hope you entered the correct email address!!!!!!

Now play with it all you want, you can always delete posts, pages, categories later. Go to wordpress.org and browse themes and plug-ins and whatever, until next time:

<a href="http://topfiveblog.com/how-to-make-your-own-flash-game-portal-part5/" target="_self">How to make your own flash game portal: Part 5 - Adding your own theme.</a>

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