Powering over 60 million websites and blogs, WordPress is today one of the most preferred content management systems in the world. Based on PHP and MySQL, WordPress was initially launched in 2003 and over the years have transformed how the world looks at the open source concept. This WordPress tutorial is intended to give you’ll an idea of the platform.
The first step, obviously, is to install WordPress on your local machine or server,but before that ensure if your system contains the following files:
Wamp or Xampp Server.
PHP version 5.2.4 or greater.
MY SQL version 5.2 or greater.
After ensuring that you have the above files, you can go ahead and start the server (Wamp or Xampp) and open the phpMyAdmin panel in a new browser window. Once that is done, click on the database index to create a new version and name it accordingly and click the ‘Create’ button. Now download a copy of WordPress by visiting -http://wordpress.org/download/. Once the download is complete, extract the zip file and copy it to the root directory of the server. If using the Wamp server, then go to C:\wamp\www or C:\xampp\htdocs if using Xampp and paste the files in the WordPress folder. Before opening the URL, ensure that the wp-config-sample.php file in the directory is renamed to wp-config-php and enter the relevant database information.
Once the above steps are completed, it’s time to open your browser, key in http://localhost/wordpress/
and select your preferred language. The screen which follows is that of the installation form and you will have to provide a title for your website, the admin username, password and an active admin email address. Now you’re all set to install WordPress. Once done, use the admin credentials to login into WordPress.