The answer is database issues which are a little above my skill set. Having problems with the config-inc.php file, knowing what to put in there based on the database I created at my hosting company: I get his error in step three:
Content visible to verified customers only.
Indeed I was able to create a blank table in my new database using PHPMyAdmin so I am missing an element that I just can't see right now.
BTW, I do have shell access if needed. They told me to use a thing called “putty” if needed.