This is the second part of creating your website using WordPress. In the first article we went through how to setup the hosting, domain nameservers and where to obtain the baseline WordPress files. We then finished on uploading the required files from your local PC to the web server using a FTP program, in this instance is FileZilla.
Once the files have been uploaded the right hand window should look a little like in the image below. Take note that the wp-admin, wp-content and wp-includes folders are at the root level. All the wordpress files and folders are not in a folder but at / level. If you uploaded them within a folder for example /wordpress, then your website url will become www.mywebsite.com/Wordpress. If this is the case you may want to move them out of that folder and put them into root /.
WordPress Online Setup and Database Connection
Now the files are loaded you need to open your web browser either Firefox, Internet explorer or Chrome and enter your websites address into the address bar.
If all has gone well then you should be presented with a WordPress page asking you to select a language.
Once you have selected a language and clicked Continue you will see a Welcome page giving information required to setup the database and connection to it.
For this bit you will need to go to the files on your local PC and find the one called wp-config-sample.php. Right click on this and rename to wp-config.php. Right click again and open with notepad.
Once you made the changes click save and upload to the root on your server using the FTP software. Once uploaded go back to the web browser and click Lets Go!.
Now enter your Database Name, Username and Password. Leave the database host and table prefix as is and click Submit.
If the automatic database connection fails and you receive an error you will have to manually create a database. If using Cpanel this is straight forward. Simply navigate to MySQL Databases. Enter the name of your database which needs to be same as the details in wp-config.php. If there is a prefix (database1_yourchosenname) then you will need to amend the wp-config.php file to match, save and re-upload.
Then scroll down to MySQL Users and add a user (again needs to match wp-config.php details) and password. Click create user. Final bit is to add user to database. Scroll down and click Add. Click All privileges and make changes.
Now refresh your website and you should now be able to proceed with the install. You will now see the default theme by going to http://www.yourwebsite.co.uk. You can also log into your admin dashboard panel by going to http://www.yourwebsite.co.uk/wp-login.php.
You have now successfully setup the WordPress Framework for your website. The next step is to customise it to your needs. If you have any difficulties with the installation a good hosting company should be able to provide support and help get you sorted. You can also post a question below in the comments.
In the next part we will look at customising your Website with themes and plugins.