Understanding Installation Basics


Before you start setting up your new ProPhoto blog, there are a few concepts and web skills you need to learn. It’s not rocket science, but it will take a few minutes and it is important that you grasp these basic things before you move on. If you understand what is in this tutorial, then working through all of the other tutorials on this site will be much easier. So, please read and watch carefully the content on this page. Thanks!

Concept 1: The building blocks of a ProPhoto blog:

The first thing you need to understand is that to have a ProPhoto blog you’ll eventually need four things:

1. A web domain that you own. def

2. Web hosting for that domain. def

3. WordPress installed on your domain’s web hosting. def

A little bit later in this tutorial we’ll walk you through all the steps to actually install WordPress. Right now it’s enough that you know that installing WordPress is an essential step to creating a blog with ProPhoto. :)

4. The ProPhoto theme installed together with WordPress. def

 

Concept 2: If you need to buy a domain/hosting

If you’re starting from scratch, and buying a new domain and hosting, OR if you need a second domain and hosting because your existing website is hosted by an incompatible webhost, this video will show you how:

If you use one of our links to sign up with Bluehost, our recommended hosting provider, we’ll give you a $30 rebate off the price of ProPhoto. Details here.

 

Concept 3: Using an FTP Program

What is FTP?

A website on the internet consists mostly of files that are stored on a web server somewhere. As the website owner, you need to be able to add, delete, move, rename, and edit those files. Because those files don’t live on your own computer, but on your web host’s server computer, you need a way to access those files. Using an FTP program is the most common and easiest way to access and edit those files. FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol.”

An FTP program is a simple program that lets you connect to your remote web server computer and make changes to the files there. You can add new files (called “uploading”), delete files, move files, download files, and change special properties (called “permissions”) of those files, all using an FTP program.

How to get a free FTP program

Lucky for you, it’s pretty easy to get a high-quality, free FTP program.

For all users (both Mac and PC), we recommend using Cyberduck, which can be downloaded here. The two videos below show how to download and install Cyberduck for both Mac and PC users. Watch one of the two videos below, depending on which kind of computer you use.

Introduction to using an FTP program

You’re really going to need to be comfortable using your FTP program to upload, delete, and move files, so make sure you watch the video below, and take a few minutes to practice getting comfortable with the program.

 


Concept 4: Using Your Web Host’s Control Panel

Almost every web hosting provider will give you some sort of access to a web-based “control panel.” This is a special web address that you can log into using a username and password to manage all sorts of things related to your web hosting account. When you first bought and set up your web hosting, your web host should have given you information on how to log into your control panel.

The Bluehost cPanel is a pretty common looking one.

The Bluehost cPanel is a pretty common looking one.

If you don’t know how to access your control panel, call your web host’s technical support number and ask them to help you access your online web hosting control panel. They’ll be happy to help you out.

Depending on your particular host, sometimes your control panel address is some modification of your unique hostname. For instance, if your website was http://www.mysite.com/, then your control panel address might be something like http://www.mysite.com:2082 or http://www.mysite.com/cpanel or something like that.

With other hosts, you go to the website address of your web hosting company (like http://www.godaddy.com or http://www.bluehost.com) and then you can log into your control panel by entering a user/pass combo right there on their main web home page.

What does a control panel do?

Your web hosting control panel has a lot of purposes, anything from updating your credit card billing info to analyzing your raw traffic logs. However, for the purpose of installing and/or working with WordPress and ProPhoto, the main two things you need to know about your control panel is:

1. It is the place where you can create a mySQL database which is one of the things WordPress needs to run.

2. Most have a feature called a “File Manager”, which is a web-based tool that allows you to upload, delete, and edit files on your web server. This is sometimes handy for editing or uploading files, or changing permissions on files — although it is almost always better to use FTP for these tasks.


Concept 5: Directories

Throughout these instructions and in your working with your website and blog, you’ll be dealing with folders, called “directories” when they’re on a web server. This video explains a little bit about how directories work, and helps de-mystify the concept for you.


Congratulations! If you’ve read and watched all the info on this page, you should be pretty ready to start installing WordPress. After you install WordPress you will install ProPhoto and then you’re ready to get customizing.

Click here to go to the tutorial for installing WordPress.


Before you start setting up your new ProPhoto blog, there are a few concepts and web skills you need to learn. It’s not rocket science, but it will take a few minutes and it is important that you grasp these basic things before you move on. If you understand what is in this tutorial, then working through all of the other tutorials on this site will be much easier. So, please read and watch carefully the content on this page. Thanks!

Concept 1: The building blocks of a ProPhoto blog:

The first thing you need to understand is that to have a ProPhoto blog you’ll eventually need four things:

1. A web domain that you own. def

2. Web hosting for that domain. def

3. WordPress installed on your domain’s web hosting. def

A little bit later in this tutorial we’ll walk you through all the steps to actually install WordPress. Right now it’s enough that you know that installing WordPress is an essential step to creating a blog with ProPhoto. :)

4. The ProPhoto theme installed together with WordPress. def

 

Concept 2: If you need to buy a domain/hosting

If you’re starting from scratch, and buying a new domain and hosting, OR if you need a second domain and hosting because your existing website is hosted by an incompatible webhost, this video will show you how:

If you use one of our links to sign up with Bluehost, our recommended hosting provider, we’ll give you a $30 rebate off the price of ProPhoto. Details here.

 

Concept 3: Using an FTP Program

What is FTP?

A website on the internet consists mostly of files that are stored on a web server somewhere. As the website owner, you need to be able to add, delete, move, rename, and edit those files. Because those files don’t live on your own computer, but on your web host’s server computer, you need a way to access those files. Using an FTP program is the most common and easiest way to access and edit those files. FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol.”

An FTP program is a simple program that lets you connect to your remote web server computer and make changes to the files there. You can add new files (called “uploading”), delete files, move files, download files, and change special properties (called “permissions”) of those files, all using an FTP program.

How to get a free FTP program

Lucky for you, it’s pretty easy to get a high-quality, free FTP program.

For all users (both Mac and PC), we recommend using Cyberduck, which can be downloaded here. The two videos below show how to download and install Cyberduck for both Mac and PC users. Watch one of the two videos below, depending on which kind of computer you use.

Introduction to using an FTP program

You’re really going to need to be comfortable using your FTP program to upload, delete, and move files, so make sure you watch the video below, and take a few minutes to practice getting comfortable with the program.

 


Concept 4: Using Your Web Host’s Control Panel

Almost every web hosting provider will give you some sort of access to a web-based “control panel.” This is a special web address that you can log into using a username and password to manage all sorts of things related to your web hosting account. When you first bought and set up your web hosting, your web host should have given you information on how to log into your control panel.

The Bluehost cPanel is a pretty common looking one.

The Bluehost cPanel is a pretty common looking one.

If you don’t know how to access your control panel, call your web host’s technical support number and ask them to help you access your online web hosting control panel. They’ll be happy to help you out.

Depending on your particular host, sometimes your control panel address is some modification of your unique hostname. For instance, if your website was http://www.mysite.com/, then your control panel address might be something like http://www.mysite.com:2082 or http://www.mysite.com/cpanel or something like that.

With other hosts, you go to the website address of your web hosting company (like http://www.godaddy.com or http://www.bluehost.com) and then you can log into your control panel by entering a user/pass combo right there on their main web home page.

What does a control panel do?

Your web hosting control panel has a lot of purposes, anything from updating your credit card billing info to analyzing your raw traffic logs. However, for the purpose of installing and/or working with WordPress and ProPhoto, the main two things you need to know about your control panel is:

1. It is the place where you can create a mySQL database which is one of the things WordPress needs to run.

2. Most have a feature called a “File Manager”, which is a web-based tool that allows you to upload, delete, and edit files on your web server. This is sometimes handy for editing or uploading files, or changing permissions on files — although it is almost always better to use FTP for these tasks.


Concept 5: Directories

Throughout these instructions and in your working with your website and blog, you’ll be dealing with folders, called “directories” when they’re on a web server. This video explains a little bit about how directories work, and helps de-mystify the concept for you.


Congratulations! If you’ve read and watched all the info on this page, you should be pretty ready to start installing WordPress. After you install WordPress you will install ProPhoto and then you’re ready to get customizing.

Click here to go to the tutorial for installing WordPress.

Before you start setting up your new ProPhoto blog, there are a few concepts and web skills you need to learn. It’s not rocket science, but it will take a few minutes and it is important that you grasp these basic things before you move on. If you understand what is in this tutorial, then working through all of the other tutorials on this site will be much easier. So, please read and watch carefully the content on this page. Thanks!

Concept 1: The building blocks of a ProPhoto blog:

The first thing you need to understand is that to have a ProPhoto blog you’ll eventually need four things:

1. A web domain that you own. def

2. Web hosting for that domain. def

3. WordPress installed on your domain’s web hosting. def

A little bit later in this tutorial we’ll walk you through all the steps to actually install WordPress. Right now it’s enough that you know that installing WordPress is an essential step to creating a blog with ProPhoto. :)

4. The ProPhoto theme installed together with WordPress. def

 

Concept 2: If you need to buy a domain/hosting

If you’re starting from scratch, and buying a new domain and hosting, OR if you need a second domain and hosting because your existing website is hosted by an incompatible webhost, this video will show you how:

If you use one of our links to sign up with Bluehost, our recommended hosting provider, we’ll give you a $30 rebate off the price of ProPhoto. Details here.

 

Concept 3: Using an FTP Program

What is FTP?

A website on the internet consists mostly of files that are stored on a web server somewhere. As the website owner, you need to be able to add, delete, move, rename, and edit those files. Because those files don’t live on your own computer, but on your web host’s server computer, you need a way to access those files. Using an FTP program is the most common and easiest way to access and edit those files. FTP stands for “File Transfer Protocol.”

An FTP program is a simple program that lets you connect to your remote web server computer and make changes to the files there. You can add new files (called “uploading”), delete files, move files, download files, and change special properties (called “permissions”) of those files, all using an FTP program.

How to get a free FTP program

Lucky for you, it’s pretty easy to get a high-quality, free FTP program.

For all users (both Mac and PC), we recommend using Cyberduck, which can be downloaded here. The two videos below show how to download and install Cyberduck for both Mac and PC users. Watch one of the two videos below, depending on which kind of computer you use.

Introduction to using an FTP program

You’re really going to need to be comfortable using your FTP program to upload, delete, and move files, so make sure you watch the video below, and take a few minutes to practice getting comfortable with the program.

 


Concept 4: Using Your Web Host’s Control Panel

Almost every web hosting provider will give you some sort of access to a web-based “control panel.” This is a special web address that you can log into using a username and password to manage all sorts of things related to your web hosting account. When you first bought and set up your web hosting, your web host should have given you information on how to log into your control panel.

The Bluehost cPanel is a pretty common looking one.

The Bluehost cPanel is a pretty common looking one.

If you don’t know how to access your control panel, call your web host’s technical support number and ask them to help you access your online web hosting control panel. They’ll be happy to help you out.

Depending on your particular host, sometimes your control panel address is some modification of your unique hostname. For instance, if your website was http://www.mysite.com/, then your control panel address might be something like http://www.mysite.com:2082 or http://www.mysite.com/cpanel or something like that.

With other hosts, you go to the website address of your web hosting company (like http://www.godaddy.com or http://www.bluehost.com) and then you can log into your control panel by entering a user/pass combo right there on their main web home page.

What does a control panel do?

Your web hosting control panel has a lot of purposes, anything from updating your credit card billing info to analyzing your raw traffic logs. However, for the purpose of installing and/or working with WordPress and ProPhoto, the main two things you need to know about your control panel is:

1. It is the place where you can create a mySQL database which is one of the things WordPress needs to run.

2. Most have a feature called a “File Manager”, which is a web-based tool that allows you to upload, delete, and edit files on your web server. This is sometimes handy for editing or uploading files, or changing permissions on files — although it is almost always better to use FTP for these tasks.


Concept 5: Directories

Throughout these instructions and in your working with your website and blog, you’ll be dealing with folders, called “directories” when they’re on a web server. This video explains a little bit about how directories work, and helps de-mystify the concept for you.


Congratulations! If you’ve read and watched all the info on this page, you should be pretty ready to start installing WordPress. After you install WordPress you will install ProPhoto and then you’re ready to get customizing.

Click here to go to the tutorial for installing WordPress.


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