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What I have done so far: I have created the virtual for Example.com using WHManager. I created a database using cPanel. I downloaded, unzipped, amended the sample-config file, renamed it to config.php and uploaded all the latest WP (2.6.3) files to the root of Example.com. The uploaded files all appear in cPanel's file manager located at / (root).
When I attempt to initiate the installation, by browsing as instructed to http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php, I receive the following message:
The requested URL /wp-admin/install.php was not found on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Apache/1.3.37 Server at <EXAMPLE>.com Port 80
I'm confused. The install.php file "is there" at /wp-admin/install.php when viewed in the cPanel FileManager.
Any suggestions where I might be going wrong?
So now you have WP installed and it's in public_html. So everything works. Now two things happen
- the flood of spam comments begins
- the constant upgrade process follows
For the former, make sure to activate the Akismet plugin that ships with WP. I back this up with hashcash for reasons I've explained elsewhere [webmasterworld.com].
Now for the constant upgrade process, install the "wordpress automatic update plugin" (that google search should bring it right up, if not let us know). This allows you to upgrade a single wordpress site straight from your admin interface without ever needing a shell login or FTP or anything. It literally does take only five minutes.
If you're running many WP installs, there is a shell script that will upgrade them all simultaneously, but that's probably not worth it unless you have more than a few.