Installing WordPress

Well then, you have decided to create a blog where you want to share some of your thoughts. And, you have chosen a WordPress setup as the web software for this mission. Yes, of course, you are now wondering how to set that up and begin your first blog post. Don’t worry, it is so simple to do that with WordPress. Just follow the steps below and you will be ready to go in short time.

All our recommended web hosts offer either Fantastico or Softaculous to setup your WordPress install, these are tools that will install your WordPress site (completely including database) with just one-click!

Manually Installing a WordPress Setup

  1. Download the latest WordPress version package from http://wordpress.org/download/
  2. Unzip the downloaded WordPress package to the location you prefer on your local machine.
  3. On your web server, go ahead and create a new database and give it a name.
  4. On your web server also, create a new MySQL user that has all privileges for accessing and modifying your new database.
  5. Go to the unzipped WordPress package and rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php
  6. Open your FTP program (i.e; Cyberduck) and get ready for transferring WordPress to your web server.
  7. When transferring WordPress, you have two options to where you would like to locate it.
    • Domain root (http://www.yourdomain.com):
      In this case, simply upload the contents of the unzipped WordPress folder (not the folder itself) to the root directory of the web server.
    • Subdirectory (http://www.yourdomain.com/blog):
      In this case, rename the WordPress directory to the name you prefer for your subdirectory (i.e; blog), and upload the directory to the web server.
  8. In your web browser (i.e; Mozilla Firefox), navigate to the file named wp-admin/install.php in order to run the WordPress installation script. The way of navigation here depends on where you have uploaded the WordPress setup in the previous step.
    • If you have uploaded the WordPress install to the Domain root, you would navigate to: http://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php
    • If on the other hand you have uploaded WordPress to a subdirectory, you would navigate to: http://www.yourdoamin.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php

You are done now, and ready for creating your first nice blog post! Just simple as this.

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