I’ve been getting around to setting up a blog for ages…
One of the things that’s put me off is making a decision on what software to go with, what account type to buy etc. etc.
I’ve put together a brief step-by-step set up guide which hopefully might save other folks a little time…
- In order to install the software, which runs using PHP and mySQL, you’ll need to activate your CGI webspace. Do this by logging in to the Member’s Centre on the PlusNet portal, then click on Website settings under My Account. Here you’ll find the option for CGI where you can click through and activate. It’s worth doing this as the first step as it can take up to 24 hours to kick in.
- Activate your mySQL database using the PlusNet members’ portal. This also takes 24 hours to kick in, and your username, password and host information will be emailed to you at the address you’ve registered on the portal
- Download WordPress and unzip it locally
- Follow the step-by-step installation instructions on the WordPress website – this is where you specify the database user name, password and host
[16 Feb 2005: See also comments from Chris re: name of database and where to upload to in your webspace]
- It’s a good idea to copy and paste the Admin password you get upon installation of your WordPress site in to a text file for safe keeping. You can log in to your blog and change it to something more memorable.
- View and edit your blog, you can start writing immediately… the homepage will be in the directory where you FTPed your files to on your CGI webspace. In my case this is http://cgi.priceswainson.plus.com/ (the homepage is index.php)
Tip: If you’ve registered a domain name with PlusNet you can serve your blog via this domain name. First you’ll need to configure your domain information in the PlusNet portal. You’ll then need to raise a Help ticket on the site and once it’s picked up it will take about 24 hours to kick in. I’ve done this so that http://www.beatnic.co.uk/ resolves http://cgi.priceswainson.plus.com
I hope this is of some use to other people. From time to time I’ll post up on what it’s been like to use and tips on how to change templates, stylesheets etc.
So far the whole experience has been very positive 🙂