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Hosting your blog on CS Servers

So you are enrolled into CS program, and you want to share your experience and new cool things you learn everyday in class with the world, but you don’t have a blog and don’t want to spend money on hosting it. Well you can host your blog on CS Servers for free!

All enrolled students get an account on CS servers, which they can access by ssh/ftp. You can host your blog on CS servers and which will be accessible at http://cs.wmich.edu/~yourBroncoId/yourBlogName.
To run your blog you need a CMS such as WordPress.Installing WordPress is a simple process that takes less than five minutes to complete. In this installation tutorial, we will show you how to install WordPress on your CS home directory.

Step One:
In order to install WordPress, you need a database. To create this database, please send a mail to cs_sysadmin@wmich.edu with the title WordPress database request. Please include your name, and your broncoID in your mail.
Once the mail is processed you should receive an email containing the database information that we will need later on during the installation process.

Step Two:
ssh into your account and change into www directory:

  1. ssh broncoID@login.cs.wmich.edu
  2. cd www


Step Three:
Download and extract WordPress package.

  1. wget http://wordpress.org/latest.tar.gz
  2. tar xfz latest.tar.gz

Step Four:
Once extracted, there would be a wordpress directory in your www directory. You might want to change the name of directory to something that you want your blog to be called. We like to call it blog so we change it to blog:

mv wordpress blog

Step Five:
Go to your browser and type the following address in the address bar:

cs.wmich.edu/~yourBroncoID/blog

Change the word blog in the address bar to whatever you have named your wordpress folder.

Step Six:
After typing the address you should see the introduction page such as below:

wordpress1

Click Let’s go button.

Step Seven:
Next you should see a page as shown below. These configurations should be mailed to you( if you had requested them, see Step One).

wordpress2

Step Eight
If you encountered the page below, then simply copy all the text from the box, and paste it into a simple text editor(You can use Notepad if you are in windows, Gedit if you are using Ubuntu or Sublime if you are using Mac OS X). Save the file under the name wp-config.php.

wordpress3

Once you have save the file wp-config.php, transfer it to your wordpress directory(in our case it would be ~/www/blog/). Please see this guide for help on transferring files.

Step Nine
Click “Run the install” button.

Step Ten
There is not step ten! If you have followed the guide hopefully you will have a working wordpress installation.


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