[Idl-discuss] Installing WordPress to work on it remotely

Johnson, Nancy W Nancy.W.Johnson at boeing.com
Fri May 1 16:39:56 UTC 2015

Hi Greg,

I think I know why you're confused. 
WordPress is meant to be installed on a domain with a hosting account (usually a 1-click operation if they have C-Panel available for you) where you login and work on it online.
Because WordPress is compiled from PHP files and a SQL database, it can only be installed on your own machine IF you have it set up as a server by installing MAMP (Mac) or WAMP (Windows) or LAMP (Linux). If you're not a developer/programmer, that can be kind of tricky, but if you really, really want to do that (I never have), here's a page with some good directions: http://www.cs.ucc.ie/~dgb/courses/pwd/amp.html. 

However, I have found a free and portable solution to making your WINDOWS machine act as a server (sorry, not for Macs).
I downloaded and installed Instant WordPress on a thumb drive and use that to practice on and I'm going to use this for my beginning students that don't have their own websites yet.

Find it here: http://www.instantwp.com/ 

WordPress is already installed on it, but it will probably need to be updated to the latest version. Don't worry, they have great documentation. :-)
After you get started with it, add your theme and any plugins you want to work with. Then you can even work on it offline. Pretty sweet.

Here's their FAQ: http://www.instantwp.com/documentation/faq/ 

(Disclaimer: I am not an affiliate...because its freeware!)

Hope that helps,
nancywestjohnson at gmail.com


Message: 1
Date: Thu, 30 Apr 2015 18:07:06 -0700
From: "Gregg Hardin" <gregg.hardin at gmail.com>
To: <idl-discuss at mailer.stc.org>
Subject: [Idl-discuss] Should I use Wordpress.com or Wordpress.org and
	install WordPress for the website?
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I am doing something which is greatly slowing me down on learning WordPress.
I have been trying, somewhat unsuccessfully, to install WordPress from the Wordpress.org website. Installation seems very difficult for me. I have the resources telling me how to do it, but to be honest I haven't been able to and it is slowing me down. I have volunteered my time to help a non-profit with their website which is also in WordPress, which they want me to know. I could download the kindle book, suggested by Ann L. Wiley, WordPress In Depth, but am trying to cut my expenses a little. I tried finding the book at the library and they don't have it. I would really like to learn Word Press for my new job and for helping develop the website for the STC, but so far, haven't hit the ground running, so to speak.

Has anybody else had problems with WordPress, i.e. learning how to install and use it? I have looked at videos sent me via a colleague that just confused me. I have thought of youtube videos and Lynda.com, but the quality of youtube and the cost of Lynda might deter me from learning this.  I really feel like I am grasping at straws here.

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