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1-Click Self-Installation of WordPress with Dream Host

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In this short video, we'll take you through a few simple steps you'll need to install WordPress with DreamHost. It's really simple. So, when you log in to DreamHost, you're going to see this page, and you're going to need to go to "One-Click Installers", so just click on that there. You'll now see two options: the "Easy Mode", and the "Advanced Mode". We don't actually recommend the "Easy Mode", because it doesn't allow you to access the files for the installation, so you can't change your theme, your plugins, or any of those things apart from what's been installed with it. If you do want to go that way, it's really simple. So, obviously, you select WordPress here, and then scroll down to the bottom and all you need to do is put in a name for your blog, the email address you'd like to use to have all administration email sent from WordPress, and also the domain or subdomain that you want to use. Now, in this case, you've got two options: in this case, it's automatically set it to blog.dreamhostforwordpress.com. That's going to put it in a separate subdomain; when people to dreamhostforwordpress.com, they're going to see something different. Now, I could change that and just get rid of the "blog" part altogether, and that part's just up to you, really. So, click on "Install it for me now", and that will do it. But I don't recommend that. Let's go for the "Advanced Mode", because it's not too difficult, and it's going to give a lot more customization options. So, obviously, we've chosen WordPress up here—2.7 is the latest version— and then we'll scroll down to the bottom, and now we've got some options here. Not many. First of all, if I've got more than one domain, I can select it here. I've just got the one, so I can only select one of them. Then I can decide if I want to have it in the main domain or a subdirectory, for instance, "blog" or "news" or something else if I'm using my main domain for something other than WordPress. Next, I need to add a new database name, and it's not really important what you call it. The important thing, really, is just to keep it simple, so I'm just going to give it a simple name: "DreamHost", which is the place I'm using to host it, and "wp" for WordPress. If you're installing WordPress for the first time, the next line is not so important; you can actually delete it—the default that they've put here— and you're not going to have any problems. So, next I'm going to put in a username, which could be admin, which is the default, or anything else that you like, if you want to think of something a bit more creative and probably difficult for people to guess. So I'm going to put "smashcut", which is my usual username, and then I put in a password, which I'll need to put in twice, for security's sake, to make sure it's the right password. I'm putting a nice long one in; you don't have to make it as long, but it's a good idea obviously to put something people aren't going to guess too easily. Then, just click on "Install it for me now" and that's going to process as the installation gets set up for us. So, once that's done, you should see a success screen with this nice, big green box here telling us that it's been successful, and that it will be installed within about ten minutes. So, you're going to need to wait here, because if you click here now, you're just going to see a white page and think, "oh, where did my web site go?" It's not a problem. So, after about ten minutes, you'll have an email telling you where to go, so click on that, and you'll find yourself here, and then all you'll need to do is give yourself a blog title—what's going to appear at the top of the blog— and then put in an email, and make sure you get this right, because obviously this is going to be used for all of your admin in the future. So, with that double-checked, I've also got the option to allow my blog to appear in search engines, like Google and Technorati, which is a good idea if you want to be found. If you don't, you can uncheck that. So that's an option. Click on "Install WordPress", and—hey, presto—you're given a username, which is "admin", and a crazy-looking password that you're going to need to copy so you can log in with it. Don't worry; you can change this later. So once you're sure you've definitely copied that, you're ready to log in. So just click on the "Log In" button down here. Then I'm going to type in "admin" and paste in the strange password that we just had generated for us. I've also got the option here for WordPress to remember me in the future, but I'm going to leave that unchecked. And then, when I'm logged in, if I go to Admin I can change my password, my nickname, and all of those other details.

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Duration: 4 minutes and 7 seconds
Country: United States
Language: English
License: Dotsub - Standard License
Producer: Michael Pick
Director: Michael Pick
Views: 274
Posted by: wordpresstv on Mar 30, 2009

Getting your own WordPress blog installed with Dream Host only takes a minute or two - this video walks you through the process

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