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What is WordPress? How to Install WordPress

Everyone who’s even thought about building a website has heard about WordPress. It started life as a simple blogging engine back in 2003 and has grown into a Content Management System or CMS that is used by more than 22% of the top websites.
One thing that makes WordPress so popular is that it can function as a blog engine or it can function as a CMS or it can function as a hybrid. A blog engine lets you publish new blog posts to your website, but this is not the same as having a full website. The CMS features of WordPress (the ability to create static pages and manage media files) is what turns your WordPress blog into a full fledged website.

How to Install

The easiest way to install WordPress is to use the automatic installer offered by your hosting company. If you do want to install it yourself it is a fairly simple and straight forward. To install WordPress you simply need a MySQL database created (and know the user and password) and have PHP running on your website.
The next step is to download WordPress from wordpress.org, unzip the file, then upload the contents to your website. Normally, you would normally put these files at the root of your website. After the files have been uploaded you can visit your site to finish the installation.
The first time you visit your site you will be asked to create a config file. WordPress can create it for you and you just have to tell it the database name, user, password, database host, ant table prefix. The second step is to give WordPress your site name, admin username (never use “admin”), admin password, and admin email.
That’s it, you have now installed WordPress and are ready to start adding content.