Part 3 – Install WordPress on a Testing Server

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The WordPress Installation

Install WordPress:

It’s a good idea to have the same settings on your ‘testing’ web server and future ‘live’ web server (the internet server). For more detail see the ‘Important‘ note in Part 2 – Getting Ready to Install WordPress.

Before you start, you need to have…

  1. Downloaded WordPress and the testing server software.
  2. Installed the testing server.
  3. Created a database.
  4. Extracted WordPress to the ‘htdocs’ folder.
  • To start the WordPress Installation, type in your browser:

localhost\and the folder name that WordPress was extracted to…

  • This is the site folder inside your testing server (htdocs). For example:

localhost\example.com

Install WordPress by Typing 'localhost' and the Folder Name That WordPress was Extracted to
Install WordPress by Typing ‘localhost’ and the Folder Name That WordPress was Extracted to…
  • This can also be: https://example.com/wp-activate.php
  • This will start the WordPress installation (from the WordPress files you extracted earlier).
  • Select the language you require.
WordPress Installation - Setting the Language Option
WordPress Installation – Setting the Language Option (compressed list for illustration purposes)
  • Start the installation…
Start the WordPress Installation 'Lets go'
Start the WordPress Installation ‘Lets go’
  • When you get to the ‘Enter the Database Connection Details‘ part of the installation, fill in exactly the same details you entered, when you created the phpMyAdmin user account and database. This includes the username, password, hostname. etc.
WordPress Installation - Enter the Database Connection Details
WordPress Installation – Enter the Database Connection Details
  • Click the ‘Submit’ button and the next dialogue box will appear.
  • At this point if there are any error’s, WordPress will let you know (see Part 3 – WordPress Installation Error).
  • If all is well, click ‘Run the installation…
Install WordPress - Run the Installation
Install WordPress – Run the Installation
  • Add the site, and ‘site user’ logon information…
WordPress Installation - Enter the Site Details
WordPress Installation – Enter the Site Details
  • Install WordPress.
  • WordPress installs and the next dialogue box appears:
Installing WordPress - 'Success' - Log In
Installing WordPress – ‘Success’ – Log In
  • Login to your WordPress website with the ‘site user’ login details…
Logon to Your WordPress Website With Your Site User Details
Logon to Your WordPress Website With Your Site User Details
  • You will then be taken to the WordPress site ‘Dashboard’.
Installing WordPress - Success - The WordPress Dashboard Appears...
Installing WordPress – Success – The WordPress Dashboard Appears…

Running (installing) WordPress will update your WordPress files installed in your htdocs site folder. It will also populate your database with the WordPress file structure (tables).

WordPress will let you know if everything was successfully installed.

Video on Installing WordPress:
WordPress Install – A Step by Step Tutorial

Part 1 – Install a Testing Server

The Testing Server
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Part 2 – Getting Ready to Install WordPress

Download WordPress (Get WordPress)
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Part 3 – Install WordPress on a Testing Server

Installing WordPress - 'Success' - Log In
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Part 4 – A WordPress Installation Error?

WordPress - Error Establishing a Database Connection (Featured Image)
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