2.5 IS HERE!

WordPress 2.5 is here! The most awaited version of WordPress, with a huge load of features encompassing everything a blog must have and beyond it by miles! For all those who have self-hosted blogs, I don’t think I have to even ask you to upgrade, ’cause most of you would have already done it. 🙂 If you haven’t yet, stop eating that donut and get cracking! Its hot!

I’ll first be experimenting the new version for Frology! Then, later on move this blog. If my pocket permits, I might just add the domain to this blog itself. Let’s see. For now, I just can’t wait to finish writing this post and get my hands dirty!

For all those who are oblivious to WordPress, just visit the website, which by the way, dons a new look too!

Installing WordPress

Ok. I made this tutorial to help people who, like me, hate fantastico; and for people who like to do things the hard way. Trust me, you learn quite a lot. 🙂 Kk, enough of my rambling, lets get on with the task.

With little changes, this tutorial can be extended to any script which uses PHP and MySQL. 🙂

Step 1: Acquire the latest release WordPress script package archive.

Step 2: Extract the archive to a location on your local hard disk. Upload the extracted files to your website using a FTP client. (FileZilla)

Note: I’m assuming you have uploaded the files to a directory named ‘blog‘ in ‘yoursite.com‘. So, your WordPress location will be: ‘http://www.yoursite.com/blog/

Step 3: WordPress requires a MySQL database. So, log into your cPanel and create a database in the MySQL database section. Also, create a MySQL user and add that user to the database that you just created, with ALL privileges.

Note: Before proceeding to the next step, you need to know:
# The database name (complete proper name – “cpanelusername_dbname”)
# The database user (who has complete privileges over the database)
# The password for the database user.
# The database host (for most of the hosts, it is ‘localhost‘)

Step 4: Now in your browser, point to the location: http://www.yoursite.com/blog/ and click on: ‘create a wp-config file through a web-interface

Step 5: Enter the details of the MySQL database that we just created and click on next.

Note: If you encounter any problems here, return to Step 3 and make sure you have entered all the details about the database correctly.

Step 6: Click on: ‘run the install!‘ Now, you will be taken to a page where the script will configure the database and will provide you with an admin ID and password.

Step 7: Log-In with that ID and password, change the password in Users -> Your Profile.

That’s it! You are done installing wordpress for your site. Need any help with the intermediate steps, do reply. 🙂

To know more of WordPress, goto: http://wordpress.org/

New Domain

My blog can now be accessible by http://www.sterex.in 😀 I just got it registered and works fine. I’ve just used my other host just to redirect it to here until I move this blog to my other host. Yeah, I’ll be moving sometime in mid-Jan. Why? I plan on a bigger website than just a blog, and for that I’ll need better control over wordpress.

I chose not to map my domain via the upgrade on WordPress.com for two reasons: One, I have plans of moving; secondly, it costs an additional $10 per year (apart from the domain registrar cost)

Anyways, I’ll be configuring Frology! now. I just laid my hands on a really good looking theme and I have to mod it a bit to suit Frology!

That will be it for now. Over and out! 🙂