In this tutorial we will go through the steps needed to Install WordPress on your web hosting account. Follow these guidelines if you are wanting to manually install the latest version of WordPress onto a website.
Step-by-step Manual WordPress Installation Guide
- Download the WordPress installation files.
- Upload the WordPress files to server.
- Create a MySQL Database.
- Go through the installation process.
Download the WordPress installation package.
Before you can Install WordPress you first need to download it from their official download page. We recommend downloading and installing the latest, stable, version of WordPress.
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Once you have pressed the download button for the latest WordPress version the installation package with be sent to your hard disk. Locate this package and extract it to a new folder.
Upload the WordPress files to your server.
Next you need to upload the extracted files and folders to your server. FTP is the easiest way to upload the installation files.
When the download has been completed, and you have extracted the archive, you can then upload it to your Web Hosting Account. You can do that via FTP using a client application such as Filezilla or via cPanel – > File Manager – > Upload file(s). If you intend for WordPress to be the main installation on your site then you should upload the files to the “public_html” file folder of you account. However if you wish to only use it on part of your site you can make a subfolder (I.e public_html/subfolder) and place the files there instead.
If you want WordPress to be the main installation within your account and accessible through your main domain (i.e www.domainname.com) then you need to ensure that the extracted files are stored in your “public_html” folder.
Create a MySQL Database for WordPress
Now you need to Create a MySQL Database and assign a user to it who has full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to create a database please refer to our tutorial titled “How to Create MySQL Database“. Once you have created your MySQL Database and Username be sure to write down the database name, database username and the password you just created as these will be needed for the installation process.
Go through the installation process.
To start the installation process first navigate to your website. If you have uploaded WordPress to your “public_html” directory you will need to go to http://yourwebsite.com in whichever browser your prefer to use. The first thing you will find will be a message letting you know that you don’t have a “wp-config.php” file and that you should create one.
Just click the “Create a Configuration File” button and this will be created for you, and you will be taken to the next page. On this page will be a message asking you to prepare the necessary details for the installation, these details are the ones your wrote down in Step 3 so you can simply press the GO button.
Enter the details for the newly created MySQL Database and press the submit button.
WordPress will check the settings to ensure they are correct, and if all the necessary information has been entered correctly you will be a shown a confirmation screen. Press the “Run the Install” button to proceed.
On the last screen you will have to enter information about your administrator username and the title of your new site. You can also specify whether or not you would like the search engines to index your site. Once all the information has been filled in press the “Install WordPress” button. Make sure to enter a real and correct email address as this can be used to retrieve your password should you forget it.
Your new WordPress application has been installed. You can access the administrative backend by using the login button and start posting content to your new site!
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