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I installed phpMyAdmin from sourceforge, following this tutorial.

However, when I login, I see this notice:

The phpMyAdmin configuration storage is not completely configured, some extended features have been deactivated. To find out why click here.

The inactive features are here:

For someone who's never configured a server before, what should my next steps be?

I also thought about installing phpmyadmin with certificates to encrypt the data but I'm not sure if this is necessary. If I can simply get my WordPress installation on the server, I figure that's a good first step.

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The screenshot explains exactly wht you need to do, each of those "Documentation" links takes you to the correct part of the documentation, there is even a "Quick steps" section at the bottom explaining what you need to do next. – Richard Holloway Feb 16 '12 at 9:24
I have update the configuration on How to Install phpMyAdmin on CentOS 6.2 Server. I hope this may helps : – user118696 Feb 16 '12 at 13:40
Thank you very much – AlxVallejo Feb 16 '12 at 20:27
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Follow the quick steps at the bottom of the page included in your screenshot:

  • Create the needed table with the script/create_tables.sql
  • Create the pma user and give access to these tables.
  • Enable advanced features in configuration file ( for example by starting from
  • Re-login to phpMyAdmin to load the updated configuration file

If you need further help the "Documentation" links explain what you need to know in more detail.

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