In this tutorial we will cover what Wordpress is, how to install it on your own server and we will look at a few features that make Wordpress an amazing system for your website.
An Introduction to Wordpress.
WordPress is a free and open source blogging tool and a content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. It has many features including a plug-in architecture and a template system. WordPress is used by over 14.7% of Alexa Internet's "top 1 million" websites and as of August 2011 manages 22% of all new websites. WordPress is currently the most popular blogging system in use on the Web, powering over 60 million websites worldwide.
Wordpress can be downloaded for free at http://wordpress.org/download/
Lets get started.
First download Wordpress from the link above.
If you are using Windows then download the .Zip version of Wordpress or if your using Linux or a Mac you can click on either .Zip or .Tar.gz
Next you will need to setup a local server on your system, you can do this with Xampp.
Xampp is an Apache server which can be run on a personal computer and it can run PHP and contains a MySQL database. This is a perfect environment for Wordpress.
So you can download Xampp from http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html.
Follow the instructions on the webpage and once you have successfully setup Xampp move onto the next step.
No Xampp is setup, go to the Xampp directory and add the Wordpress folder to your directory. Next we will need to setup a database before moving on, to do this simply go to http://localhost/xampp/index.php and click on the phpMyAdmin in the sidebar.
In the phpMyAdmin you will be able to create a new database.
Ok now enter in the name of your desired database name and click create.
Ok once done, go to http://localhost/wordpress and follow the install instructions.
If you run into any problems you may need to add a file known as wp-config.php and add in the server access information.
The database address is localhost
The user name is root and the password should be left blank.
Why use Wordpress?
Wordpress is a brilliant system to use, it allows users to extend the system any way they wish, users can build themes and plugins for their website and extend the system to support a number of brilliant features such as custom post types, set up a store or modify small elements dynamically in a page.