How to set up a Wordpress Blog

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Published on February 25, 2008

Author: kichu



This was presented by me on 2008-02-01 in the Free and Open Source Conference held at Chennai, India under the auspices of Indian Linux Users Group and National Resource Centre for Free and Open Source Software, Government of India.

Why Blog? Push-Button Publishing Let the World know what you think!


Blogger ● Google stable ● Hosted solution ● No constraints ● Customisable ● Hosted solution ● Uses WordPress MU ● Themes: yes ● Customisable: NO ● Plugins: No ● CSS tweaking: No ● Widgets: NO ● Custom-localisation: No ● Javascript: NO

WordPress ● FOSS software ● Downloadable from ● PHP + MySQL ● To be self-hosted ● Total Freedom!

What you need ● A domain name ● .in < Rs.200 p.a ● .com... < Rs.500 p.a ● Select a good Registrar

What you need ● A good webhost ● Webspace: >100 mb ● PHP version > 4.3 ● MySQL version > 4 ● FTP

What you need ● PHP Apache configuration ● “fopen” enabled ● Not in “safe mode” ● Apache mod_rewrite module installed

Set it up ● Create MySql database ● Note db name, username & pw ● Configure FTP client

First Steps ● Download latest version from ● Unzip the compressed package ● Read readme.html

First Steps ...

First Steps ...

Initialize ● Rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php ● Open config.php in an editor ● Fill in your db details ● Configure advanced settings

Config.php // ** MySQL settings ** // define('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere'); // The name of the database define('DB_USER', 'usernamehere'); // Your MySQL username define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere'); // ...and password define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value define('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8'); define('DB_COLLATE', '');

Config.php ... // You can have multiple installations in one database if you give each a unique prefix $table_prefix = 'wp_'; // Only numbers, letters, and underscores please! // Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the // chosen language must be installed to wp-content/languages. // For example, install to wp-content/languages and set WPLANG to 'ta' // to enable Tamil language support. define ('WPLANG', '');

Installation ● Select root or subdirectory ● Upload WP files thru FTP ● Keep WP directory structure ● Create .htaccess file & upload

5-Minute install! ● Point browser to: http://yourwpdir/wp-admin/install.php ● Enter desired blog title ● Fill in your email ID ● Allow blog to search engines


Admin area

Admin profile

General options

Reading options

Write a post


More themes ● ● Select themes, d/l & unzip ● Put in blogdir/wp-content/themes ● Go to yourblog/wp-admin/ ● Select theme in Presentation

Plugins ● Go to ● Extend => Plugins ● Search using tags ● Read and understand ● Select, D/L and unzip

Plugins ... ● Upload to: yourblogdir/wp-content/plugins/ ● Go to Admin => Plugin ● Activate selected plugin ● Go to options and configure

Plugins ...

Advanced ● Read the WP Veda - “Codex” at ● A wiki updated regularly ● Frequent the forums at

Advanced ... ● Write “Pages” ● Tweak themes with CSS ● Provide navigation ● Backup regularly

Blogging tips ● Decide on the focus ● Write a niche blog ● Update regularly ● Moderate comments

Blogging tips ... ● Reply to comments ● Write original stuff ● Use pictures and video ● Link to citations ● Don't indulge in flaming

Blog traffic ● Comment on others' blogs ● Subscribe to pinging and blog networking sites viz: ● Technorati ● MyBlogLog ● BlogCatalog

Blog traffic ... ● Publish in Feedburner ● Tag the posts properly ● Flaunt your blog in all social networking and bookmarking sites viz: Digg, etc. and in your profile and sig.

In your language ● Set language in config.php ● Download wordpress.pot ● Gettext is used for I18N & L10N ● Use Poedit for translation ● Upload to /wp-content/language

Contact me! S.K

Thank you!

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