First Post


➤ Appreciating the provenance of the WordPress platform

➤ Choosing a suitable platform for your WordPress installation

➤ Downloading, installing, and performing basic confi guration of


➤ Diagnosing and resolving common installation problems

If displaying “Hello World” on an appropriate device defi nes minimum competence in a programming

language, generating your fi rst post is the equivalent in the online publishing world.

This chapter provides a brief history of WordPress and then explores several options for hosting

a WordPress installation. Common miscues and misperceptions along with their resolutions

round out the chapter and put you on the edge of publishing your wit and wisdom.

Once you’ve installed, confi gured, and completed the bare-bones administration, you’re ready

to take advantage of the code walk-throughs and detailed component descriptions in later

chapters. Of course, if you already have a functional WordPress website, you can skip this

chapter, and dive in headfi rst to explore the core code in Chapter 2, “Code Overview.”


WordPress is one of the most popular open source content management systems available,

with global and vibrant user, developer, and support communities. While it can be compared

to TypePad, Moveable Type, Google’s Blogger, and the Apache Roller project as a user-generated

content workhorse, WordPress distinguishes itself with a broad array of hosting options,

functional extensions (plugins), and aesthetic designs and elements (themes).