Step 1 – Find Your Host
If you have not already done so, then you need to decide on where you will be hosting your site. Look about for a site host that offers the services that you need at a price you are happy to pay. To install WordPress, you will need basic hosting along with a MySQL database, so look at the price of that. If you are creating over 1 blog then perhaps look at accounts that will host multiple web-sites, even reseller accounts.

If you are lucky you may select a host that has one click WordPress installation. If so, then do the next step and the one click installation and forget the rest of the stages!

Step 2 – Buy Your Domain Name
Usually this is part of setting up your hosting. Think of a good domain name, check if it is available (your impending hosts will have a tool for this) and go for it! Do not be tempted to stuff the domain name with keywords. Keep it short and snappy and good looking. If keywords fit into it, then fine. But a name that describes the website or is based round your name might attract more visitors long term.

Step 3 – Install A Database
This might be automatic with several hosting packages and with others you need to click a button to install the database and set-up an admin user id and password. Make a note of the access details your host gives to you.

Step 4 – Download WordPress
Go to WordPress.org, click download and get a copy of the lastest version. Save it to your machine then using Windows Explorer search for the folder that you have downloaded to. It arrives as a zip file, which you straightforward unzip by opening the zip file in Explorer then dragging the WordPress folder into another folder. It will take a minute or two to unpack.

Step 5 – Customise the Installation
Look at the readme file in the unpacked folder, but fundamentally you take a copy of the wp_config file and edit it with the user id, password and probably database location from step 3.

Step 6 – Upload WordPress
Now the hard part, if you are not used to it! If you have an FTP package then just use that to upload the unzipped contents of the WordPress folder to your site (the contents merely).

If you do not have FTP software, the you might use Internet Explorer to do the trick. Type into the address bar the address your hosts have handed you for FTPing, sign on and then navigate to the folder on the site you need to upload to. (Certain versions of Internet Explorer require you to confirm you want to use FTP by choosing an option under the tools menu on the top right.) Now, just drag the contents of the unzipped folder to the folder on the web site.

Step 7 – Install
Type in your weblog address and follow the instructions on the screen, you are seconds away from having a new blog! Select a password and (onWordPress 3.0 onwards) choose a user id and you are running.

Now, you only need to start customising WordPress and change some security settings. Easy when you know how.

Written by Keith Lunt of How To Start A Blog. Call in if you need any help or advice with starting blogging.

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