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OK, so the installation instructions for WordPress appear to be too skimpy in one important area: How to set up a database. The documentation assumes that the blogger is already familiar with how (and why) a database should be configured to support database-driven blogs, so there is not even a brief outline of what steps one should take to create the needed MySQL database.

This really shouldn’t be that hard, but the Dreamhost control panel doesn’t make it as simple as it could be. The Add New Database link fails with a nonsensical error, but it could simply be due to not following the proper order. On the chance that I have to create another hostname before I can add another database, I have done so. Since it may take an hour (or much longer) to complete, it’s time to go out for lunch and start planning the structure of this site over a beer.

Author: Peter Sheerin

Peter Sheerin is best known for the decade he spent as the Technical Editor of CADENCE magazine, where he was the acknowledged expert in Computer-Aided Design hardware and software. He has a long-standing passion for improving usability of software, hardware, and everyday objects that is always interwoven in his articles. Peter is available for freelance technical writing and product reviews, and is exploring career opportunities in interaction design. His pet personal project is exploring the best ways to harmonize visual, tactile, and audible symbols for improving the effectiveness of alerting systems.

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