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  • # March 20, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    so now that I’m comfortable using html, css, and php I’ve decided to make the leap to wordpress!

    right now i have my website (which is still not finished fully) at hosted at dreamhost.

    now it is a static website and I have never used wordpress so I’m guessing i will first need to play around with it and learn to use it.
    dreamhost offers a one click install but i don’t want to install it to the root because my static website is there.
    is it normal to install it to a subdomain like blog.baseshamai?

    is that bad? will it attract spam or what?
    I bought the book from digwp and I am currently reading it.
    great book!

    # March 21, 2012 at 3:14 am

    If i was you i would use WAMP (MAMP if you are on a mac) and set wordpress up locally…All sites will attract spam, luckily, wordpress has a lot of plugins to help prevent it.

    After you develop your theme locally, you can then install WP to your root, obviously, you would keep a backup of your original static site locally before you remove it from your server…that way you are covered and safe.

    # March 21, 2012 at 9:16 am

    i already have xammp
    or i can use my dropbox folder!
    can i remake my site exactly the way it is into wordpress?
    even the home and portfolio pages?
    or will they have to change their appearance?
    I mean I don’t want any posts or threads on those pages.

    as you can see I am very new to wordpress

    # March 21, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Wordpress is useful if you want to run your website using a CMS and a blog. If you are happy with a static content site you might choose not use it. You can run any HTML and CSS from WP without a problem; you just have to get used to the template structure and how it works. CSS-tricks has some great starter videos on WP including the WP loop – a very important function. A good idea is to run the site locally using WAMP/XAMMP before going live so you test the site. Good luck.

    # March 21, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    yeah I’m reading digging into wordpress now so I’m learning about this stuff.

    # March 21, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    if i run the wordpress site on my computer using xampp i don’t need to create a database or anything?
    just run mysql and thats it?

    # March 21, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    you will need to create a DB on mysql.

    # March 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    is that hard?
    also whats better for using wordpress?
    i hear mamp has no problems with file permissions

    # March 21, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    it is fine using wamp or xammp. they both effectively do the same thing. it’s not hard to create the db but you are better off doing some reading about the set-up process before posting here.

    # March 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Hey Shamai – It would really benefit you to sign up for a membership then watch the titles on wordpress, particularly the Essential Training and the Creating Custom Themes title. The later is by Chris Coyier, the owner of this site and co-autor of Digging into WordPress.

    Both of them will be a huge help to you in getting started. | WordPress Essential Training | WordPress Creating and Editing Custom Themes

    # March 21, 2012 at 1:17 pm


    first I’m going to read the book. I bought it and I think its going well.

    then I can check out those links

    # March 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Cool, enjoy! I ordered the printed copy of Digging Into WordPress last week and I’m pretty sure it is supposed to come in the mail today. I can’t wait! :-)

    # March 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    mine came yesterday!
    i got mamp working with a database and wordpress is up and running.

    …now i have no idea what I’m doing in the dashboard…. i mean…i know how to post but thats it… i have to read more

    # March 22, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    so I’m learning slowly. its a lot to wrap my head around.

    i have a question.

    i see there are many template tags which call functions like get_sidebar()
    but how does it know where those functions are actually located and declared?

    # March 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Things like get_sidebar() and get_header() are built into the core functions of WordPress. These functions should not be edited under any circumstances.

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