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WordPress® All-in-One For Dummies® by Michael Torbert, Andrea Rennick, Kevin Palmer, Cory Miller, Lisa Sabin-Wilson

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Chapter 1: Understanding the System Requirements

In This Chapter

  • Registering a domain name
  • Exploring Web hosting environments
  • Basic requirements for PHP and MySQL
  • Web hosting recommendations for WordPress
  • Understanding bandwidth and disk space needs

Before you can start blogging with WordPress, you have to set up your base camp. Doing so involves more than simply downloading and installing the WordPress software. You also need to establish your domain (your blog address) and your Web hosting service (the place that houses your blog). Although you initially download your WordPress software onto your hard drive, you install it on a Web host.

Obtaining a Web server and installing software on it is something you may already have done on your site; in which case, you can move on to the next chapter. If you haven't installed WordPress, you must first consider many factors, as well as cope with a learning curve, because setting up your blog through a hosting service involves using some technologies that you may not feel comfortable with. This chapter takes you through the basics of those technologies, and by the last page of this chapter, you'll have WordPress successfully installed on a Web server with your own domain name.

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