View Full Version : blogging software on WH which?

08-26-2004, 01:51 AM
Which do you recommend, what is more suited for WH servers.

Have any of you guys installed Drupal before. - Drupal.org . Comments appreciated..

WestHost - MPlatis
11-05-2004, 09:23 AM
Yes, web log software works very well with WestHost accounts. There are many different blog softwares available, the following is a short list of some of the more popular ones:

WordPress (http://wordpress.org)
Movable Type (http://www.movabletype.org)
Livejournal (http://www.livejournal.com/)
Greymatter (http://www.greymatterforums.com/)

WordPress is probably the most popular free blog software currently, with a very active community behind it. It is also very easy to install on WestHost servers. The following is from their documentation:

Installation: Famous 5-minute install
1. Unzip the package in an empty directory
2. Open up wp-config-sample.php with a text editor like WordPad or similar and fill in your database connection details
3. Save the file as wp-config.php
4. Upload everything.
5. Launch /wp-admin/install.php in your browser. This should setup the tables needed for your blog. If there is an error, double check your wp-config.php file, and try again. If it fails again, please go to the support forums with as much data as you can gather.
6. Note the password given to you.
7. The install script should then send you to the login page. Sign in with the username admin and the password generated during the installation. You can then click on 'Profile' to change the password.

The hardest part is configuring the database connection details (step 2). Below is a basic config file with the changes that you would need to make in bold. I have tried to make better comments after the item that needs changing:

--- WordPress Config File Start ---

/** WordPress's config file **/
/** http://wordpress.org/ **/

// ** MySQL settings ** //
define('DB_NAME', 'wp'); //(This is user defined, the MySQL DB name)
define('DB_USER', 'root'); //(This will always be 'root')
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'XXXXXX'); //(This is the password for MySQL)
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost'); //(This is always 'localhost')

// Change the prefix if you want to have multiple blogs in a single database.

$table_prefix = 'wp_'; // example: 'wp_' or 'b2' or 'mylogin_'

// 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', '');

/* Stop editing */

$server = DB_HOST;
$loginsql = DB_USER;
$passsql = DB_PASSWORD;
$base = DB_NAME;

define('ABSPATH', dirname(__FILE__).'/');

// Get everything else

--- Word Press Config File End ---

11-05-2004, 02:13 PM
I've just switched my site over to Wordpress and it rocks!

No problem installing either.


04-22-2005, 10:21 AM
This may be a stupid question but how do I set up a database to connect to?

04-22-2005, 11:07 AM
You'd be better off asking this in the MySQL section of the forums...

but basically, you are best off doing it with the PhpMyAdmin web application... more info in the other forum.

04-22-2005, 05:30 PM
WestHost Info on phpMyAdmin: http://members.westhost.com/sm_sa_database_phpmyadmin.html

PhpMyAdmin Documentation:

It would be better to post further questions in the MySQL section as Jalal suggested.

04-23-2005, 07:40 PM
I thought my question was directly related to the topic.

04-24-2005, 07:30 AM
I also recommend Wordpress. Nice, simple install, cool features.

For hooking up MySQL, check out the Wordpress Codex (http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress), which has some explanation of it. Just scroll down to "Using phpMyAdmin".

04-24-2005, 02:20 PM
I thought my question was directly related to the topic.

I think we both figured you might get more feedback from folks up there. :) No harm done. I did just give a step by step for creating a database and a user for use with a script like wordpress through PhpMyAdmin. It might help answer some of your other questions. You can find it here -URL REMOVED NO LONGER VALID

09-14-2005, 10:18 PM
I just wanted to clarify the post above that recommends Movable Type as a blog platform. Unfortunately, the latest version of Movable Type (3.2) doesn't work on WH, see this thread for details:

09-21-2005, 08:39 AM
Wordpress for me too, I think it's great. The only thing I wish it could do is allow multiple blogs on one installation. But there are workarounds for this.

09-21-2005, 09:27 AM
The only thing I wish it could do is allow multiple blogs on one installation. But there are workarounds for this.

One of the workarounds is available directly from the wordpress website.


Apparently, the new wordpress.com (http://www.wordpress.com) uses the CVS version of this.

09-28-2005, 04:19 PM
I installed Wordpress a a couple of months ago and I love it.

I do have however a few questions:

1. I cannot for the life of me get the "Permalinks" to appear on posts. This seems to be a common issue having to do with mod_write (see this thread on the Wordpress community site: http://wordpress.org/support/topic/41135)
It is essential to be able to post those permanent links for each post.

2. Any ETA for Wordpress 1.5.2?

3. If I upgrade from Wordpress 1.5.1 (my current version) to, all my settings and posts and images will be preserved, right? (I'l do a backup beforehand, obviously)

09-29-2005, 01:38 PM

I have installed drupal on two different sites on WH. It is very easy to install & add modules when needed. Drupal is not exactly a blog app -- it is a content management system. It is able to do a lot more than just blogging. It is "good" at doing multiple things, but it's not "great" at doing just one thing. I chose drupal because it has a portal feel to it and built in support (via modules) for a forum & picture gallery. I hope that helps you make a decision.

On a side note, I have used WordPress before & it is an excellent blogging app.

If you have other questions about drupal or how to install, just ask..

11-14-2005, 09:28 AM

Can you point us to some of the sites you've built using Drupal. I've been using Joomla/Mambo, but would like to find a CMS with more design freedom and less of a "news" orientation.

Thanks -- Tony