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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wordpress Blogging Software

Wordpress is by far among the best Blogging software out there. Using the raw power of PHP and the Open Souced MySql RDBMS engine, it has a lot of stuff under it's hood.

Just installed Wordpress on my system today, seems Debian is really complex as far as configuration is concerned.

In its quest of making things simple for the new user, it has complicated matters and the regular Linux tarball guy will be ill at ease. So, the regular wordpress installation was not so 'regular' as far as I saw it.

So this is how the good debian administrator would install Wordpress:

As root:
sh /usr/share/doc/wordpress/examples/setup-mysql -n wordpress localhost

sudo sh /usr/share/doc/wordpress/examples/setup-mysql -n wordpress localhost

Where 'sh' is my chosen shell, I could have chosen bash or ksh all the same.

Now I made apache (my httpd server) find my blog at : localhost/blog by doing this:

As root:
ln -s /usr/share/wordpress /var/www/blog

Now the first setup runs smoothly as soon as I point my browser to http://localhost/blog and installation takes places.

I was surprised, as this is the first time I am using wordpress, that no tables were created initially. And they were all created on first run. Hats off to Wordpress!


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