Welcome to the Freeola Internet customer support pages. This guide is designed to help with installing WordPress 3.5.1 on Freeola's VIP hosting package. If you have subscribed to Freeola's Unlimited VIP Hosting and MySQL database you easily meet the minimum requirements for WordPress.
WordPress is a blog publishing application. It is a tool to allow you to publish with ease, blogging websites which look highly professional. It is an Open Source project which means that there are many people world wide modifying and using WordPress. This also means there is a lot of scope for customisation. Furthermore there is an equally large community for support and advice.
In order to install and use WordPress, or any other blogging software, you will be required to have purchased and have access to a Freeola SQL service. This service costs as little as £2 per month for VIP Hosting customers. MySQL is a database utility that is primarily used for dynamic websites. A database of this sort is required to store your content for the installation and running of WordPress.
This guide is written on the assumption that you have signed up for Freeola VIP Hosting plus MySQL, however this guide will also be applicable for those customers using the Optional MySQL service and our free hosting servers although the settings will differ slightly.
If you using the Optional MySQL Database service, you should have already been provided with your database username and password and can skip to step 4. If you do not know your username and password, these setting can be obtained by selecting Optional MySQL Database from the left-hand menu within your MyFreeola account.
Log-in to your MyFreeola account.
Select "VIP Web Hosting" from the left-hand menu. On the following page select "Go To Settings" on the VIP Hosting account which you want to use. On the page following select "Edit VIP MySQL Settings".
You now need to create the database on which you will host the content for your blog. The Database Name will have a unique identifier prefixed to it. Please remember the Database Name is also the Database Username. It is helpful to choose a name which is memorable and relevant to your website as you will need it to install WordPress and to use the application to publish your blog. You should create a password which is no more than 16 characters long, memorable and secure by using a variety of different characters.
You will now need to Download WordPress. Once the download is complete please extract WordPress to a location from which it is easy to access and use.
You will now need to upload the files and directories in the "wordpress" folder to your "htdocs" folder in your webspace. For the purposes of the following steps this guide will use FileZilla which is available for download here.
For instructions on how to upload using FileZilla please refer to our FileZilla FTP guide.
Once this is complete, browse to your website. You should then see a page advising that the wp-config.php file doesn't exist. Click the option to Create a Configuration File.
You will then be given an information page describing the data required. Click Let's go! to continue.
You will then need to complete the form on the following page as follows:
In Database Name, you will need to type your Database Name or Username.
In User Name, you will need to type in the same again.
In Password, you will need to type in the password you created in Step 3.
The Database Host setting can be left as it is (localhost). Important: FreedomSQL users will need to enter 'mysql.freeola.net' here.
Table Prefix can be useful if you will be using the same database for mutliple purposes, however would normally be left as is.
Once this information has been entered, if you click Submit these details will be checked.
If these details are accepted and valid, you will now be given the option to Run the install.
You will then be taken to the WordPress setup process. Put in your Site Title and E-mail address. You also have the option to have your blog listed in search engines.
You will also be given the option to set a username and password for the account which will be used to login and manage your WordPress installation.
Once these fields are complete select "Install WordPress".
Now use your Username and Password to open the WordPress Dashboard. WordPress has now been successfully installed.
For a wealth of Support in using WordPress please visit their forums.
To uninstall WordPress simply remove all of the files uploaded in Step 7.