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WordPress 24-Hour Trainer, 3rd Edition by George Plumley

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Lesson 3Installing WordPress

Because this book covers the self-hosted version of WordPress, you need to have a hosting account on a web server. This is different from having a domain name. A domain name points to a hosting account on a server where the files and a database for a WordPress website are stored. If you don't have a hosting account, following are some things to keep in mind when looking for one.

Hosting WordPress

At www.WordPress.org, you can find a list of currently recommend hosting companies, but there are many others that are just as good. There are a few software requirements for hosting WordPress, but most hosting packages these days—even the most basic—should meet them. Still, it's best to double-check, so here's what to look for as of Version 4.0:

  • PHP Version 5.2.4 or greater
  • MySQL database Version 5.0 or greater
  • The recommended server software is Apache or Nginx, but as long as the minimums for PHP and MySQL are met, everything should be fine.

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