Single Property Sites – Setting up WordPress

Setting up the wp-configure.php file

Before you can install WordPress you have to have a valid MYSQL database setup and you have to create the wp-configure.php file.

Here is the current place to go to get The latest version of WordPress.

WordPress comes with a wp-sample-configure.php file.   You can open this using notepad if you don’t have a file editor for html or php files.

In the previous post Single Property Sites – Hostingwe had you write down the MYSQL database number for our example we are using 159 as the database number.

Here is what it looks like and the highlighted  words are the ones you need to fill in.

// ** MySQL settings ** //
define('DB_NAME', 'mystreet'); // The name of the database
define('DB_USER', 'mystreet'); // Your MySQL username
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'listings'); // ...and password
define('DB_HOST', 'mysql159.secureserver.net'); // 99% chance you won't need to change this value
// You can have multiple installations in one database if you give each a unique prefix
$table_prefix = 'wp_'; // Only numbers, letters, and underscores please!
// Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the
// chosen language must be installed to wp-includes/languages.
// For example, install de.mo to wp-includes/languages and set WPLANG to 'de'
// to enable German language support.
define ('WPLANG', '');
/* That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__).'/');
require_once(ABSPATH.'wp-settings.php');
?>

Once you have filled in the information for the database you just created   save this file as wp-configure.php

When we set up the hosting we created a folder called “mystreet” this is where we want to upload  the WordPress files including the wp-configure.php file you just edited.  

Don’t upload the wordpress folder, just the files inside the folder to the “mystreet” folder you created for the property.

Installing WordPress

Now comes the easy part of the installation process.

Go to your browser and type in the following

“http://www.domainname.com/foldername/wp-admin/install.php”

If it is a subdomain it will be “http://subdomain/domainname.com/foldername/wp-admin/install.php”

If the configure.php file is right it will install. If not go back and check your database, username, description and password to the database. When it installs you are given the login which is always “admin” and a password to enter.

Write down the password and go ahead and login.

  1. Change the password
  2. Fill in your email address
  3. Change the blog description
  4. Save

The next thing I do is immediately delete the “about” page and “hello world” post and comment.   You want to get rid of these right away before they get picked up on the web.

Here is where we are headed

Single site snap shot

 It won’t be long and you can have a site up that is your time shifted 24/7 open house.

Setting up WordPress now begins.   Here are some of the things we will be covering.

  1. Set your category names
  2. Set the permalink structure
  3. pick a theme
  4. upload your plugins
  5. activate the plugins

For now:

  • Go take some good photos of the place
  • Scan the documents you want to link to
    • Seller Property Disclosure Statement
    • Lead based paint of if built before 1978
    • Run a CMA and convert to pdf if desired
    • Create a full color flyer and link to it.
  • Find the places and activities of interest near the property

 That’s enough for now.   We will go into each of these in post to follow.

Hey, it might seem like a lot, but in just three posts you’ve learned

  1. why single property sites are worth the effort.
  2. how to purchase a domain if you need one and purchase a hosting plan.
  3. how to create a MYSQL database.
  4. how to install WordPress.

That’s not bad for three short posts.

Comments

  1. Dave, I just want to say that you have one of the best blogs out there IMHO. Your posts are well written, easy to understand and useful beyond words. REBlogLab should be at the top of the heap.

  2. jf,

    Thank you. I’ve spent a lot of hours in my tech carrier trying to figure out how to get software to work. I usually found it was poor documentation. That still seems to be the case, good programmers, are often poor at documentation.

    I want everyone to be able to install and setup their blog or website to make it what they want.

    Thanks again for dropping by the lab.

    Now I can write some more.

  3. James Wheelock says

    Hey Dave,

    Do you think that you could do a little hand holding with me some time to help me be completely self sufficent at setting up WordPress on my own. It would be greatly appreciated and once I became proficient I would pass on the favor to someone else.

    James Wheelock ´s last blog post..Humble Single Family Housing Inventory

  4. Dave-
    Again I am working on my single property website. As before the lab is the place to find everything! Quick question: I love, love, love the 1635 Deer Shadow road theme (greenflower), but the top picture is killing me as I don’t have a wide angle lens and can’t simulate anything with photo shot. After 4 hours in front of photoshop with about 60 pictures of my listing, I can’t crop anything to look decent and I am not prepared to spend $300 for a new lens.

    What is the name of the theme you used above on 3149 E. Macenroe Lane? Maybe I will try that instead (unless you have a better idea).

    Thanks as always,
    Scott
    .-= Scott Ficek´s last undefined ..If you register your site for free at =-.

  5. Scott,

    There are a couple of options here. First Take two shots of the front and combine them to get the long shot, But sometimes even that doesn’t do it. I’ve had a few that the front of the house simply wouldn’t fill the top header. In those cases I create a composite header. I put the front on one side of the header and then smaller images of the house beside it.

    Here is one example where the front is one of the smaller images in the header

    http://www.tucsonazrealestateblog.com/Mochis/

    Greenflower is by far the best theme for this I’ve come across and I still use it for our listing sites.

    If you want me to create a header for you zip up the images you want in the header and I can build one for you out of the shots. You can get them to me through the ReImaging Lab Upload Photos page. Skip the payment page that isn’t applicable here.

    http://www.reimaginglab.com/submit-photos/

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