Dissecting the WordPress 5 Minute Install (Part 1)

The Famous WordPress 5-Minute Install:
Before You Begin

WordPress 5 Minute Install“With our famous 5-minute installation, setting up WordPress for the first time is simple.”

~ WordPress.org

Is it? Is it really? For those of us that have been around forever and using WordPress regularly, I would have to agree that in the grand scheme of things the WordPress 5 minute install is simple. But as I always say, simple is NOT always easy.

This 6 part series reveals what all the mumble, jumble and jargon within the WordPress.org codex sounds like from a beginner’s perspective. We methodically pick apart the WordPress 5 Minute Install process to study it and explain what it means. Our goal is to be able to guide beginners to a point where they will actually be able to use the WordPress 5 minute install handy guide.

Most WordPress beginners I know, are also Internet and computer beginners as well. The WordPress 5 minute install, although simple, contains a lot of phraseology that pertains directly to the WordPress industry thus making the actual process somewhat of a challenge to someone new and apprehensive. How do I know this?

1. Been there, done that (still need a t-shirt!).

2. Since becoming a seasoned WordPress veteran user, I teach this exact thing to people 1-on-1 on a regular basis.

Before The WordPress 5 Minute Install

From WordPress.org:

Before you begin the install, there are few things you need to have and do.
You need access to your site and its directory and software to proceed with the installation. These are:

What it means for beginners:

We are going to need some tools to be able to move things around and some information before we start.

We will be moving things from 3 specific areas.

  • from WordPress.org website where the core WordPress software lives
  • to and from your computer
  • to your server which is where your website files and your website database will live

When you signed up for your hosting account your hosting provider will have sent you an email with the information that we need to connect to your sever. Here are common hosting providers. You may recognize one as your hosting provider.

  • HostGator
  • BlueHost
  • DreamHost
  • or even, heaven forbid, GoDaddy. NOTE: GoDaddy is a perfectly good place for domain registration, I do recommend them for domain management.

We are also going to be editing some files (yes code but don’t worry and don’t panic – it is not as hard as you think) so we need some software to be able to make and save the changes.

Here are some names of some free text editors and links to download them.

Here are my favorite premium text editors along with their links to download them.

We also need some software that will allow us to move things from place to place. This type of software is called File Transfer Protocol or FTP software Download one of these.

  • Filezilla from Mozilla is probably the most common, works for both Windows and Mac, and is also free.
  • Coda 2 (Mac) has the FTP capability in addition to its text editing ability.

A browser is the program that lets you access the internet to surf or get your email. Here are the most common browsers. You will likely recognize whichever one is on your computer.

  • FireFox
  • Chrome
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • Internet Explorer. NOTE: If you are using IE and do not have the most current version (IE9 as of this post), PLEASE upgrade or change browsers. Anything less, is like living in the stone age.

The WordPress 5 Minute Install Step 1

From WordPress.org:

1. Download and unzip the WordPress package if you haven’t already.

What it means for beginners:

For a WordPress beginner or any beginner for that matter, downloading is a big scary thing that everyone warns them about. The fear is that they are going to get a virus or that their personal information is going be accessible and their identity stolen. Life, for them, will never be the same. How do I know this? Refer to number one in the first section of this article.

For now, just download the WordPress software found on the WordPress.org website to your computer. We can save the unzip part for later.

Beginner Tips for the WordPress 5 minute Install

Preparing for your WordPress 5 Minute Install

For all you beginners out there… Go ahead and force your fears aside. Push the buttons to download the items you need for this. It really is OK. Pushing the download button will automatically get all the files (typically compressed in a neatly wrapped package called a zip file). Be sure to also make note of where on your computer it goes. In most cases downloads will likely land in your “Downloads” folder.

The next part may be a little scary because now, you will have to install of the software from the “Before The WordPress 5 Minute Install”  section on your computer to be able to use them. Thanks goodness technology has made this relatively easy for us and the installation processes, although different for each computer operating system, all work very similarly.

Once you have the software installed you are ready to move forward and actually begin your WordPress 5 minute install.