Installing a Blog on Your Website
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This article will discuss how to install a blog on your own website. In order to fully benefit from what this article has to offer, you must be able to confirm the following: you must own a domain and an account with a Web host (Unix host with Apache, Perl, and MySQL), and you must have created an FTP (file transfer protocol) path in order to upload files to your server. Once you've done this, you can learn how to install blog software.
The first step in acquiring blog software for your website is to download the program, at least if you plan to use WordPress or Movable Type, which are the most common blog programs. If you wish to use the software for commercial as opposed to personal use, you will have to pay for it online. The program itself will be compressed initially in order to facilitate faster downloads, but will have to be uncompressed onto your computer. If your computer runs on a Windows OS, make sure you select the Zip file download from the available choices. The other choice will most likely be Tar.gz.
Once you have uncompressed this file, all of the component files will be unloaded for configuration. It is important to note that the program will not run on your PC, but on your server, so your hard drive is merely a resting point before you upload the files to the server. Prior to this, however, you must alter some of the files. Therefore, make sure you store the files somewhere on the hard drive that is easy to access and locate (not the desktop).
Wherever you end up putting the files on your hard drive, be sure to familiarize yourself with how they have been structured. Get to know all the files in the root directory so that you know where everything is located. The next step will be to change certain files so that they include details about your Web host and domain setup. Knowing where your files are is vitally important to this process, and will surely matter when you upload them to your server.
Follow me to the next section, where we will see what we will be altering, and how we will alter it.
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