Now that you have selected your domain name and identified your hosting provider, you are all ready to install your WordPress. It is on this WordPress platform that you will be writing all your posts and publishing them. In this article I will be taking you on a step-by-step tutorial on how to install your own WordPress.
There are a couple of ways to have your WordPress installed, ranging from very easy to simple. It is possibly one of the easiest blogging scripts to install. These days, there are plenty of web hosting providers who offer a one-click autoinstaller feature. You can choose to use this feature or you can install manually.
Installing With One-Click Install
Many of the more reputable hosting providers have included a one-click application installer. This will help you install WordPress and other applications in a matter of minutes.
Hosting providers like Bluehost has SimpleScript and Hostgator has QuickInstall on their cPanel control panel. This one-click installer comes with your hosting service plan and does not cost you anything extra. Other than the above, there’s also Softaculous and Fantastico, which are also popular installers for cPanel hosting, which offer the WordPress script.
If you are a beginner or would prefer a quick and easy way to install WordPress, I would recommend that you use this installer tool. You check out how to install WordPress on Bluehost and how to install WordPress on Hostgator on their official websites respectively.
Manually Installing WordPress
Alternatively, you can choose to install WordPress manually if you so wish, by following this step-by-step guide. Before you start, do note that you will need access to your web server, FTP Client and your web browser in this installation.
Step 1 – Download WordPress
This is pretty obvious. You can download the latest version at WordPress’ download page. It is not recommended that you download from other sites to ensure you get the latest version. The download is free. You have a choice to download either the .zip or the .tar.gz file. If you are using Windows, then .zip file is recommended. The .tar.gz is a file format for more for Linux users.
Step 2 – Unzip the folder
You will then need to unzip the downloaded file into your computer. Right-click on the folder icon and select “Extract All”. Simple.
Step 3 – Upload files to web host
In order to transfer files from your computer to your web host’s server, you will need an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program. You can download either FileZilla Client or SmartFTP. These are free too!
Using FileZilla as an example, key in your login details and click on the “Quickconnect”. Upload the files into the public folder ie /public_html/ or a subdirectory eg /public_html/blog/.
Step 4 – Setting up MySQL Database
To do so, locate your MySQL Database icon in your cPanel and click on it. Then, key in your database name and click on “Create New Database”. Next, create a username and password for yourself. Lastly, you will need to add this user to the database which you have just created. Do make sure you allow “All Privileges” for the user. Save your changes.
It helps to write down the database name and the database username & password as well as the database hostname as you will need them later.
Step 5 – Installing WordPress
Yes, we are almost done. Just type in the directory URL in which you had uploaded the WordPress files (Step 3). With the newer versions of WordPress, you won’t need to edit your config. files anymore.
You will then see the WordPress setup screen. Remember the details you wrote down in Step 4? Now is the time to bring them out. Enter these into the setup screen. You can leave the “Database Host” and “Table Prefix” unchanged. Then submit.
Step 6 – Finishing Touches
The WordPress Welcome page will be displayed. Enter the information as requested (like blog title and your email) and remember to check the box asking to allow your blog to appear in search engines like Google and Technorati. If you wish to block search engines (but allowing visitors), then uncheck this box. These can be changed later in the Administration Panel. Click Install WordPress.
Once done, a confirmation screen will appear. You are DONE! You have just installed WordPress!
There you have it, simple steps to install WordPress on your own web server. Do note that this tutorial guides you on how to install the WordPress script only. While you can go right ahead and start blogging, we do recommend that you dress it up with nice WordPress themes, widgets and plugins to make it more interesting as well as more powerful.