WordPress Installation Preparation

WordPress publishing platform is the most commonly used web content management system (CMS). It allows users to intuitively create websites without previous knowledge of HTML or CSS. CMS WordPress is a free software accessible to everybody who wants to create his own personal website, blog, Internet store or promote a small or medium-sized enterprise very quickly and easily.

The most commonly used publishing platform

WordPress is developed in the PHP programming language and uses the popular MySQL database to store user data. This open source CMS is distributed for free under the GPL license. Today, WordPress counts more than 60 million users around the world. Everybody can create a complex and dynamic website with professional looking graphics. The large WordPress community offers thousands of visual themes and functional expansions available online for free. How can you install the most popular publishing platform of today? What has to be done before installation?

Webhosting

Before installation you need a suitable web hosting service. What is web hosting? Basically, it is a sufficiently powerful computer with fast Internet connection working as a web server which delivers website content to the site visitors on request. You can either buy your own computer or use professional web hosting. If you choose the second option, don’t forget to ask for the PHP and MySQL database support – WordPress will not work without them. No other technology is necessary. The cost of such a hosting in the Czech Republic is about 500 CZK/year including the rent of top-level domains.

Software

Besides webhosting supporting PHP and MySQL, there are software requirements to be met in order to install the WordPress administrative interface. It is necessary to have a web browser, such as Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Safari, Google Chrome or Chromium, and an FTP client for the connection between your computer and a distant server providing webhosting, e.g. FileZilla or Total Commander.

Where can you download WordPress?

The last step before installation is downloading WordPress at http://wordpress.org/. You can download the Czech version here: http://cs.wordpress.org/.