Installing WordPress on Aplus.net

If you are not here via Googling the phrase “I can’t f&*#ing install WordPress on Aplus.net WHY GOD WHY,” you should probably skip this post, because it is filled with technical jargon (and many occurrences of the word “shit”) that you will not care about. However, since there is nothing else on the web with help for this question that I could find, I’m going to write it in the hopes that it will save some of you the heartache that I had to go through to get it to work.

1. Don’t use Aplus.net’s WordPress application. It sucks. Once you have it installed, the files are all willy-nilly and messed up and you can update neither automatically, nor manually. It’s– in a word– shit. Don’t do it.

This is a screenshot of Aplus.net's shitty WordPress installer. Avoid it.

2. Create a database. Click MySQL Database Manager in Aplus.net.

If you don’t already have a database created, you’ll need to first click Add User and follow the prompts and then select the User Name and click Add Database. Don’t worry that you can’t control what these are named. It’s all part of Aplus.net’s special charm. (Read: shit.)

When you’re finished, you’ll have something that looks like this:

Don’t close that window. You’ll need it later.

3. Install WordPress manually. This is going to involve you finding out your FTP username and password, a feat which is harder than you may assume in Aplus.net. (They win again.) In the top row, go to Web Hosting, then FTP Accounts.

Then click Details next to the FTP account you want to use.

This should get you the info you need.

Now, download an FTP client of your choice. I like FileZilla. While you’re downloading and installing that, you might as well download the lastest WordPress version and unzip it.

Once downloaded and installed, put your FTP info in your FTP client and connect. Decide where you want to put your WordPress files (whether in your root directory or in a different directory) and upload the whole shebang.

4. Create your wp-config.php file. This is where things get interesting. Aplus.net has no documentation on this because they want you to use their shitty WordPress application. Again, don’t do that. Here’s how to create a wp-config.php file for use with Aplus.net:

Open the wp-config-sample.php file that came in the WordPress installation folder. You’re going to need to edit these values:

// ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘putyourdbnamehere’);

/** MySQL database username */
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘usernamehere’);

/** MySQL database password */
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘yourpasswordhere’);

/** MySQL hostname */
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

Here’s how to find the values to put in these spots…

DB_NAME: On that window I told you to keep open, look at your Databases list and get the Database Name from the left column.

DB_USER: On that window I told you to keep open, look at your Users list and get the User Name from the left column.

DB_PASSWORD: Use the password you created for your User. (If you’ve forgotten it, you can create a new one by clicking the gear next to your user name on that page I told you to keep open and entering a new password.)

DB_HOST: You can’t leave this as ‘localhost.’ Hooray for Aplus.net. To find what to put in here, on that window I told you to keep open, look at your Users list and get the DB Host from the right column.

When you’re done, you should have something that looks similar to this:

** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wp_lalala_site_aplus_net’);

/** MySQL database username */
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘myusername289326’);

/** MySQL database password */
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘stinkyfeet3000’);

/** MySQL hostname */
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘sql5c40f.carrierzone.com’);

Save the file as wp-config.php and upload it.

5. Finish configuring in your browser. Go to your URL and WordPress will guide you through the final steps, which are comparative pieces of freaking cake. Tada! You’re done. Finally.

In conclusion, Aplus.net is shit, but you can still get WordPress to work on it.

  • Marquita Winslow

    I’m still confused…But not because you aren’t an explanation genius. My mind can’t grasp that. It’s sad! 😉

    • Baha, thanks, Marquita– and it’s not sad. This is a very nerdy post that only applies to a very tiny percent of the population.

  • Beth Caudill

    I can’t say I’ve ever heard of Aplus.net and well your post hasn’t led me to believe I want to investigate the horror. 

    So glad you are willing to share your pain for others who may know what you’re talking about.  😉

  • Julie

    Sonja – do I need to create my WordPress page first?

    • Hi Julie– By uploading your WP files manually, you are sort of “creating” a WordPress page, so not really. It’s done for you. Just follow the steps above and you should be fine!

  • samneang sin

    When the client asked why the visual editor wasn’t working, I was stumped. And that’s when I realized aplust.net uses wp 3.1. Lame, right? I don’t understand why aplus.net makes it so difficult. So thank you very much! I so badly needed a solution.

  • J Gold

    Thank you, it was easy after that!

  • Karen R.

    I can’t thank you enough. Even though Aplus.net has changed a bit since this post, the information seems to be just what I needed. I’m redoing our traditional HTML site in WordPress.

    One additional thing I’ll mention which may be useful to some: the root directory for me turned out to be NOT the place I go when I first FTP into the server, but the directory /public which is immediately below that.

    We’ll be changing hosts at the next opportunity, but for now, this information was invaluable. Thank you for the clear explanation and illustrations.

    • Cori

      Thank you so much! I followed everything and it wasn’t working, and then I found this comment, which saved me. You need to put your wordpress files in the public folder!! @sonjafoust:disqus Thanks so much for this article, “I can’t f&*#ing install WordPress on Aplus.net WHY GOD WHY,” was definitely my outlook on things until I read this.

      • Brad

        Amen, this comment really saved me! Thanks!

  • mybend

    Thank you! You are my time saver! I was fighting with it for 5 hours yesterday!

  • Sara H.

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

  • Matt Z

    Genius! This is so nice having the newest version of WP instead of using the ghetto version 3.1.3! THANK YOU!

  • KristinMaijaPeterson

    Thanks so much for walking me through the juggernaut of confusion inherit to Aplus.net back-end services and guiding me to be independent and levelheaded enough to install WordPress myself! (To be fair, I have always received good to excellent tech support from Aplus.net. Too bad their set-up isn’t designed for logical human beings). Yes, I can whole heartedly agree and warn, do NOT install WordPress using the Aplus.net application. (Even the techies at Aplus.net admit there are issues with it, i.e. it sucks.)