The top hosting companies allow you to easily install WordPress with just one click! If you already have a host that offers a click installation, read this article and go to step 2. If your hosting service does not offer it or you have problems, it is also possible to manually install WordPress.
Read carefully and follow these steps to help you manually install WordPress.
1: Download WordPress at WordPress.org
Go to wordpress.org and click on the blue ‘Download WordPress’ button, or go to https://wordpress.org/download/ .
Wait for the download to complete, when you’re done, unpack the package that you receive. For easier access, place the unzipped file on your desktop.
2: Create a MySQL database & user
All information about WordPress is stored in a database, which is why you need to create it and add a user. This allows WordPress to connect to MySQL.
Step 1: Log in to your hosting account and go to your cPanel.
Step 2: Scroll down to the ‘Databases’ area, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
Step 3: Start creating your database, on this page you can name the database. Make it relevant to your website or what you need for it. Once a name has been entered, click ‘Next Step’.
Step 4: Fill in the username and password you want to use for your database. You can generate an encrypted password if you want to make it safer or just make one yourself. Copy the username and password to a blank document as you will need it again later. Click ‘Create User’.
Step 5: A user can have different permissions to enable what a user can and can not do, but now this user needs ‘All Privileges’, select this option and click on “Next Step”.
Now your database and your user should have been created for your database. Remember to save the user information and return to the Cpanel homepage. NOTE: Your username and password is what you enter and the prefix of your hosting account user name. See the following picture for a better explanation.
3: Configure the wp-config-sample.php file
The wp-config-sample.php file contains the information that tells WordPress which database to connect to. Take the time to make this step right, otherwise your WordPress website will not work.
The wp-config-sample.php file is located in the base folder of the downloaded file. See the following figure.
Open the file in any text editor.
Once it is open, look for the following information:
// ** MySQL settings – You can get this
information from your webhost ** // / ** The name of the database for WordPress * /
define (‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’);
/ ** MySQL database username * /
define (‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’);
/ ** MySQL database password * /
define (‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’);
Here you will need the information you created in step 3 with the MySQL database.
Replace ‘database_name_here’ with the name of your database.
Replace ‘username_here’ with the username of your database.
Replace ‘password_here’ with the user name you created.
That’s all. Leave all the other information as they are. Save the file and close it.
Change the filename of ‘wp-config-sample.php’ to ‘wp-config.php’.
4: Uploading WordPress to the hosting account
Now it’s time to upload your files. Go back to her Cpanel. Scroll down to the ‘Files’ area and click on ‘File Manager’. Select the domain to which you want to add WordPress, and then click Go.
Back on your computer, go to the WordPress files with the configured wp-config.php file and grab the files.
Back to your file manager click on ‘Upload’, a new tab will be opened.Click ‘Select File’ and search for the file you just packed and upload it. It may take a while, as soon as it is uploaded, click on ‘Back’.
Back to your file manager, you will now see the uploaded zip file, but it must be extracted to display all the individual files. Right-click on the zip file and click on ‘Extract’. Exit the path and click on ‘Extract file (s)’. You can not see the changes, so click on ‘Refresh’ in the upper bar. If everything ran as it should, you should now see all the WordPress files. Time to complete!
5: Run the WordPress installation
You almost got it.
Open a new browser tab and go to your web page where you want to add WordPress, and put /wp-admin/install.php at the end of the URL. This is the link where you can run the WordPress installation script. It should look like
Be sure to replace yourwebseite.com with your actual web page name in the example above.
You should see a welcome page.
On this page, fill out all fields.
Name of website
Password (must be entered twice)
Email address (Login information will be sent to this e-mail address)
Select whether search engines list the website or not
Click Install Now .
If it has worked, you should see
‘Success! WordPress has been installed . ‘
Congratulations, you have successfully installed WordPress manually!
If you want to know how to edit your WordPress web page, read our article here.