Installation

Installing WordPress and ProPhoto, or just ProPhoto?

  • If you have valid hosting then you need to proceed to installing WordPress on your webhosting account. Remember, a blog at wordpress.com like (yourblog.wordpress.com) can’t be used for a ProPhoto blog. If you already have a WordPress installation on your own webhosting account, then you can proceed directly to installing the ProPhoto theme.

    If you purchased a Expert Install package, then you don’t need to follow this tutorial. If you haven’t done so already, go to https://legacy-help.pro.photo/expert-install-form and submit your webhosting information to our installation team. They will install WordPress and ProPhoto for you, and contact you when they are done.

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  • To get the most helpful, detailed installation instructions for your situation, please select the webhosting company where you will be installing Wordpress and ProPhoto.

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Installing Wordpress for

  • Watch the video below for installation instructions

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  • 123-reg has an automatic WordPress installer for most of their hosting types. This makes it easy to install WordPress with a few clicks in your hosting control panel. The links below point to 123-reg guides for installing WordPress on three of their hosting types. If you are not sure what hosting type you have you’ll want to contact 123-reg directly.

     

    Most people using 1and1 for WordPress will be on their standard, linux based shared hosting plan.   For this they have an automatic installer for WordPress in their “Click and Build” web applications area. In order to have the control you need to install and use a premium theme like ProPhoto you will want to installed in “free mode” as opposed to “safe mode.”   Log in to your 1and1 hosting control panel and follow their simple instructions for installing WordPress.   If necessary, 1and1 has instructions for switching from “safe mode” to “free mode.”

    If, for some reason you are not presented with a “free mode” option in the Click and Build installer then you’ll need to manually install WordPress and set up your database. You can follow their tutorial for doing this or you can click the button below that says “need manual WordPress installation instructions” to follow our own manual WordPress installation tutorial.

    1and1 does also offer a managed WordPress hosting product.  We have not tested this, but generally WordPress comes pre-installed; you would just need to log in to your control panel and create your user account for the first time before you can log in.

    Bigfolio’s documentation says that they will install WordPress for their users, so you will want to contact them about getting WordPress installed. They may ask about installing a WordPress theme for you as well, but you can just tell them that you have purchased and will be installing ProPhoto instead.

    While it’s not necessary, you might ask them about their WordPress hosting option and what benefits that might provide for you.

    CMD does support self-hosted WordPress installations. According to their staff, every CMD site comes with WordPress already installed in a directory called “blog.” Within the hosting dashboard there is a button titled “blog,” which, after it has been pressed, will take you to the login panel for your WordPress. The first time you access this screen you can select your username and password. The Email address you have on file with CMD can be used as the contact Email to retrieve a password reset request (this can be activated at the log in screen) if you ever need to do that.

    This tutorial is meant to help those who have had hosting with GoDaddy for a long time and have not yet upgraded to their newer, cPanel option. If you have recently purchased hosting with GoDaddy this tutorial is not for you. Click “back” and choose the GoDaddy cPanel tutorial.


    Hostgator has an automatic installer called “Quick Install” that makes installing WordPress easy.  Most people should be on their newer hosting that uses “Mojo” for the installation.  Follow this guide.

    If your Quick Install options look different you may still be on one of their older hosting packages. If that’s the case, this tutorial should be accurate.

    For additional installation examples and instructions you can consult Hostgator’s own WordPress installation guide.

    iPage has a script installer for WordPress called “InstallCentral” from which it’s easy to install WordPress. Log in to your hosting control panel and click on “InstallCentral” and follow the prompts to install WordPress. For more help see iPage’s WordPress installation instructions on their site.

    Media Temple offers three types of hosting products.  The process you use to set up WordPress depends on which type you have.  To verify your hosting type, check with their support.

    If you have their Grid Shared Hosting (which is the most common) then follow their guide for installing WordPress using the “1-Click Applications Tool.”

    For DV / VPS hosting use their cPanel instructions to install WordPress.

    If you have their managed WordPress hosting product then WordPress comes pre-installed at the root of your server. After your domain name is connected to your account all you need to do is create a new site in your account center. See their instructions for just how to do that.

    Network Solutions Standard hosting has a one-click installer called “Open Source” that can be used to install WordPress. To locate this installer in your hosting admin area see their tutorial. (www.networksolutions.com/support/how-to-view-the-open-source-library) If you have questions about it, call the Network Solutions technical support phone number have them walk you through the installation process while you’ve got them on the phone. This should take just a few minutes, and will save you a good chunk of time.

    One.com has a simple auto installer for WordPress. They have a step by step guide on their site for how to use their installer.

    The first thing you’ll want to do is contact your webhost’s technical support and ask if they support WordPress installations on their webservers. If they do support WordPress installations, ask them if they have an “automatic WordPress installer.” If they do, have them walk you through the installation process while you’ve got ahold of them. This should take just a few minutes, and will save you a good chunk of time. If they do not have an “automatic WordPress installer” but do support WordPress installations on their server, then you will need to proceed using our manual WordPress installation instructions.

    If your current webhost does not support WordPress installations on their webservers, then you will need to find separate webhosting for your new ProPhoto site. In this case, you’ll want to check out our Pre-Installation guide.

    Unfortunately, your webhost does not support WordPress installations on their servers. To figure what you need to do, to get started with a ProPhoto site, you’ll want to check out our Pre-Installation Guide first.

    Showit does offer the ability to host a WordPress site on their servers so it is compatible with ProPhoto. If you have a Showit account already, you can log to your Showit account and set up your blog from the options there. You can install a new WordPress site or you can have their Support Pros migrate your existing site to their servers. The location can be a subdirectory of your main site or an entirely different url. To learn more about Showit’s WordPress hosting see here.

    http://showitfast.com/blog

    For specific questions about the install process or other details you’ll want to contact Showit support directly.

    Site5 offers a convenient auto installer for WordPress that only requires a few clicks in your hosting control panel.

    Video for cPanel control panels only.

    Unfortunately, your webhost does not support WordPress installations on their servers. To figure what you need to do, to get started with a ProPhoto site, you’ll want to check out our Pre-Installation Guide first.

    Unfortunately, your webhost does not support WordPress installations on their servers. To figure what you need to do, to get started with a ProPhoto site, you’ll want to check out our Pre-Installation Guide first.

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  • It is definitely confusing, but premium themes like ProPhoto cannot be installed on free sites created at WordPress.com.  There are two types of “WordPress.”  There is the kind that uses wordpress.com as a host to which you can login at wordpress.com.  Then, there is a type of WordPress that involves installing the WordPress software on hosting that you purchase somewhere else.  This is a “self-hosted” WordPress site; and this is what you need to run ProPhoto.

    To figure out what your next steps are based on your desires, check out our Pre-Installation Guide.

    Yahoo is not one of our recommended web-hosts because of problems we have had with them in the past.  However, they do advertise the ability to install WordPress on their servers.  We don’t have a lot of experience with their services, but you can try following their simple WordPress installation instructions. WordPress has some helpful tips for the installation process if you run into problems.  It looks like they recommend a manual installation instead of using the installer.  Yahoo should be able to verify if that is still necessary.

     

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Installing ProPhoto

  • If you have purchased ProPhoto 6, CLICK HERE for installation instructions

    Upload ProPhoto Zip File

    In your WordPress admin area, go to “Appearance” > “Themes”.
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    Then, click “add new” near the top of the page.
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    On the “Add Themes” page click on “upload theme.”wp39_upload_theme_2

    Click “choose file,” browse to and select the prophoto5.zip file you just downloaded and click “Install Now.”wp39_choose_theme

    NOTE: If you do not see the “Upload Theme” option, you may be using WordPress.com which does not permit custom Theme uploads. As our requirements state, you must have a self-hosted WordPress installation – click here for instructions.

    Activate ProPhoto Theme

    After it uploads successfully, click the “Activate” link to activate the ProPhoto theme.
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    Register ProPhoto

    NOTE: if you want to use ProPhoto temporarily or intend to move your setup later, see the Unregistered Test Mode.

    If this is your first time installing ProPhoto on your server, you’ll be required to enter your registration information. Enter the Email address and Transaction ID exactly as shown in your purchase confirmation Email.
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    After activation, you will be presented with a confirmation screen and a short video that will give you great information about working with WordPress and ProPhoto.
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    Be sure to use the ProPhoto Support built into each area of the Customize area for tips, tutorials, and videos helping you along the way.

    Potential Problems:

    • Errors like “The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet”
      Are you installing ProPhoto, or a ProPhoto Add-On Design?  Designs must be installed in a different area using the Add-On Design Installation tutorial instead.
      Otherwise, if you are installing ProPhoto, your zip file may be corrupted. Try downloading the file again, or contact us for a fresh copy.
    • Errors like “Unable to create directory /home/user/public_html/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07
      Follow the tutorial here, and that should fix the problem.
    • If everything just freezes up during the upload process, or you get a different error when trying to upload
      You may need to upload the theme manually. It is a relatively simple process that you can learn here.


    If you have purchased ProPhoto 6, CLICK HERE for installation instructions

    Upload ProPhoto Zip File

    In your WordPress admin area, go to “Appearance” > “Themes”.
    wp38_themes

    Then, click “add new” near the top of the page.
    wp38_theme_add_new

    On the “Add Themes” page click on “upload theme.”wp39_upload_theme_2

    Click “choose file,” browse to and select the prophoto4.zip file you just downloaded and click “Install Now.”wp39_choose_theme

    NOTE: If you do not see the “Upload” tab, you may be using WordPress.com which does not permit custom Theme uploads. As our requirements state, you must have a self-hosted WordPress installation – click here for instructions.

    Activate ProPhoto Theme

    After it uploads successfully, click the “Activate” link to activate the ProPhoto theme.
    wp38_activate_theme

    Register ProPhoto

    NOTE: if you want to use ProPhoto temporarily or intend to move your setup later, see the Unregistered Test Mode.

    If this is your first time installing ProPhoto on your server, you’ll be required to enter your registration information. Enter the Email address and Transaction ID exactly as shown in your purchase confirmation Email.
    wp38_register_ProPhoto

    After activation, you will be presented with a confirmation screen and a short video that will give you great information about working with WordPress and ProPhoto.
    wp38_pp_install_welcome_msg

    Be sure to use the ProPhoto Support built into each area of the Customize area for tips, tutorials, and videos helping you along the way.

    Upgraders: Learn how to import your Inactive Designs.

    Potential Problems:

    • Errors like “The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet”
      Are you installing ProPhoto, or a ProPhoto Add-On Design?  Designs must be installed in a different area using the Add-On Design Installation tutorial instead.
      Otherwise, if you are installing ProPhoto, your zip file may be corrupted. Try downloading the file again, or contact us for a fresh copy.
    • Errors like “Unable to create directory /home/user/public_html/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07
      Follow the tutorial here, and that should fix the problem.
    • If everything just freezes up during the upload process, or you get a different error when trying to upload
      You may need to upload the theme manually. It is a relatively simple process that you can learn here.

    In your WordPress admin area, go to “Settings” => “Appearance” => “Themes”.

    Then, click the “Install Themes” tab near the top of the page and click on “Upload”. Then browse to and upload the prophoto3.zip file you just downloaded.

    After it uploads successfully, click the “activate” link to activate the ProPhoto theme.

    activate-prophoto-theme

    Once you activate ProPhoto, you’ll notice that your “Themes” area probably looks just like it did before you started this process.

    Don’t worry, this is what you should be seeing, you did everything right!

    Potential Problems:

    • Errors like “The theme is missing the style.css stylesheet”
      Are you installing ProPhoto, or a ProPhoto Add-On Design?  Designs must be installed in a different area using the Add-On Design Installation tutorial instead.
      Otherwise, if you are installing ProPhoto, your zip file may be corrupted. Try downloading the file again, or contact us for a fresh copy.
    • Errors like “Unable to create directory /home/user/public_html/blog/wp-content/uploads/2009/07
      Follow the tutorial here, and that should fix the problem.
    • If everything just freezes up during the upload process, or you get a different error when trying to upload
      You may need to upload the theme manually. It is a relatively simple process that you can learn here.

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