Site Set-up

In a nutshell:
I bought a domain name and web-hosting services; these are the name/address and the physical place for the website.

I downloaded free software to my computer (WinRar, FileZilla and WordPress); these are the tools for the job.

I uploaded WordPress to the web-hosting services provider, using FileZilla. In other words, I transferred the website-building tool to the physical place where the website will live; I did this using a file-transfer tool.

I used WordPress to create this site on the web-server.

1. Getting a Domain Name
www.xxx.com or www.xxx.co.uk or whatever.

I thought of a domain name. (Another name for the same thing is URL; Universal Resource Locator.)

I went to http://www.123-reg.co.uk/ to see if it was for sale.

I bought a domain name from them using Paypal. (Approx £6 for 2 years.)

2. Getting Web-hosting Services
Physical space for my site on a server somewhere in the world.

I looked around for a web-hosting service, which would support the use of WordPress. (I had noticed that a couple of nice sites were made with WordPress.)

In the end, I bought the web-hosting service from my domain name provider. The going rate in the UK is around £5 per month in 2011.

3. Getting WordPress
This is the software I am using to create and manage the pages on this site.

WordPress is free; I downloaded my own copy from http://wordpress.org.

I then had my copy of WordPress in the form of a ‘zip’ file on the hard drive of my computer, which is a compressed file which needs to be uncompressed in order to be used.

I unzipped (uncompressed) this file using WinRar which I downloaded from here: http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm.

4. Setting up the WordPress Database.
WordPress uses a database in order to store all the details about the website.

I needed to set up a database in my Web-services Account, using their database configuration tool.

I went to my Web-services Account at http://www.123-reg.co.uk/. I went to my Control Panel; I clicked ‘Manage’, ‘Manage Database’ and ‘Add Database’.

The new database has an automatically generated name, a user name and a password.

I needed to copy this information into a WordPress file on my hard drive by editing the text by hand, so that my copy of WordPress matched up with the Database I had just created in my Web-services Account.

I located wp-config-sample.php. inside the WordPress folder sitting on my computer.

I opened it and edited as,flows:

I replaced the ‘database_name_here’, ‘user_name_here’, ‘password_here’ and ‘localhost’. The ‘localhost’ name was in an email I was sent by www.123-reg.co.uk, when I first signed up to their Web-hosting Service.

I then saved the file as ‘wp-config.php’.

5. Getting FileZilla
FileZilla is a tool (utility) for moving files across the internet; it does this using a system called ‘File Transfer Protocol’ or FTP. Any other FTP Client software would do instead of FileZilla.

The idea is that you don’t run WordPress on your own computer; you run it on the Web-hosting Services provider’s server.

So I needed to upload WordPress onto the Web-hosting Services provider’s server.

FileZilla is a tool I could use to achieve this.

I downloaded FileZilla here at http://filezilla-project.org.

6. Uploading WordPress to the Web-hosting Provider.

I was sent an email containing the FTP (File Transfer Protocol) details needed for uploading to the server, when I opened my Web-service Hosting account at http://www.123-reg.co.uk/. My Web-service Hosting Provider 123-Reg sent me an IP address of an FTP site, and another user name and password, for use with the FTP upload.

I opened FileZilla and typed in these details in order to connect to my website and upload my copy of WordPress.

There is good information about the whole process at http://codex.wordpress.org.

7. Creating the Website using WordPress.

I opened Internet Explorer, typed www.mancky.co.uk and the WordPress configuration page appeared. Any problems at this stage are likely to be due to the WordPress database having been set up incorrectly, i.e. Step 4.

WordPress wants a few details so I input the website name ‘mancky’, a user name ‘xxx’, a password and an email address attached to the website, i.e. xxx@mancky.co.uk.

WordPress accepted this information and the next stage was to press the ‘Install’ button.

My new WordPress website was now sitting on my server space ready to be managed and edited.

8. Back-ups

Regular back-ups are important because the website hosting service have technical problems from time to time, and they take no responsibility for loss of content as they say I should make regular back-ups myself.

On several occasions, I’ve logged on to find my site out-of-date, the most recent articles having disappeared. It is my responsibility to restore the material using my most recent back-up.

There are two parts to backing up a wordpress site… the database back-up, which is the text content… and the website back-up, which is the images and the wordpress template itself. The database back-up is the most crucial; the wordpress template won’t change from week to week apart from the additions of image files.

9. Database Back-up

Go to web-hosting provider’s site > choose website > Manage Database > Export > Go > Save to local drive.

10. WordPress Site Back-up

Open Filezilla

File > Site Manager > Select ‘site name’ > Connect

On the left is the local drive; on the right is the remote host.

In order to back up, create a new empty folder on the left.
Select all on right and drag to empty folder.

11 Comments

  1. michael ackah

    I couldn’t have put it better myself.
    I followed your instructions to the letter and guess what?
    It didn’t work. What is a URL and why do I need it?
    I am not sure if I own a browser? Where can I buy one?
    Do Asda sell ‘em?
    Please help!!!!!

  2. Anna Ackah

    Hi Urs

    Great progress great site it feels true to heart and honest in a manner that is welcoming warts n all.

    Keep it up and it a brilliant way to mark what has been and what is for the kids what a wonderful way to document what is happening around them. You guys truly are a wonderful family!!! Oh yes I too am apart of it.

    Keep it up! xx

  3. Hi Urs! Nothing to do with this site but I met you at Gullivers Manchester on 25.11.11 I was taking shots of the muso’s, and you had your camera, you asked me how I was getting my shots because the lighting was so bad.
    Anyway I’m just saying hello, was great to meet you. Hope you kept my card.
    Great site bye the way.
    Jonathan :)

  4. I’d just like to say a big thank you for keeping the memories alive, it means a lot so thanks!

    • By the way if you are looking for any manc alternative/electronic rock music to use for free hit me up

  5. hotclaws

    Have you got a Facebook page or Twitter feed?
    It’s a great site,

    • Thank you… no i haven’t… I don’t do Twitter… I tried but couldn’t get into it…

      • would be good to have a facebook page, really like your website but would be good to have updates just “pop up” (that’s how lazy I am!)

  6. Good to see the site is back up and running. You must have incredible IT Support.

  7. this site is ace, well-observed betes noires. i forgot about here, i remembered again. i’ve bookmarked it now, but to be honest who sits down and goes i’ll ignore all the new things on the internet and have a look through my bookmarks? i keep meaning to but…

  8. Hi Jason,
    Thanks for the encouragement. I also live in Whalley Range and it is a very interesting place. There is a website all about the area at http://whalleyrange.org/. I’ve only just joined that site myself after a few unsuccessful attempts… there was something wrong with my text entries on the form. Thanks again,
    Best wishes, Ursula

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