Chapter 1

Understanding the System Requirements

IN THIS CHAPTER

Bullet Registering a domain name

Bullet Exploring web hosting environments

Bullet Knowing the basic requirements for PHP and MySQL

Bullet Getting web hosting recommendations for WordPress

Bullet Understanding bandwidth and disk space needs

Before you can start creating content with WordPress, you have to set up your foundation. Doing so involves more than simply downloading and installing the WordPress software. You also need to establish your domain (your website address) and your web hosting service (the place that houses your website). Although you initially download your WordPress software onto your hard drive, you install it on a web hosting server.

Obtaining a web server and installing software on it are things 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 website through ...

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