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4: First Admin Login

Ok, if everything up to now has been done correctly you should be able to start the setup portion of your site through your web browser. Go to the url of your website (if your WordPress install was in a subfolder remember to put that at the end of your URL like www.MySite.com/Wordpress). If it says anything about a database not found, or couldn’t connect to the database, etc. then you probably did not put the correct information in the fields in the wp-config.php file (or the filename is incorrect and can’t be found). Go back and check everything closely for typos and such, keep in mind that the case of text can be important, so keep things all typed lowercase if possible.

If it doesn’t show your WordPress website at all, you may have a file called index.html (or index.htm or home.html, or something similar) which is showing up instead–to correct this delete or rename this file. You should then see the WordPress site appear after reloading the page. (Note: WordPress uses as its default file the file called index.php, do not delete or rename this file.)

If things did go correctly you will be asked by the WordPress installer to go through the initial set up process. This will create all of the tables that WordPress needs in the database you assigned to it. It will also give you an initial password to use to log into the admin area. MAKE SURE YOU NOTE THIS PASSWORD! To log in to your site you should go to the following location: www.YourUrl.com/wp-admin (if your site was in a sub folder add that folder name right before the wp-admin). Log in immediately and change your admin password by going to the User’s link off the top navigation bar. Please use a strong password here: remember, if someone logs in into your admin area they can destroy your site.

Now that we have a functioning version of WordPress set up and running we can move on to the next tutorial which covers the initial options setup for your site.

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2 Responses to “4: First Admin Login”

  1. Enoch Platek says:

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