Tutorial: How To Install WordPress in 5 Minutes
With over a third of websites on the internet using WordPress as their CMS (Content Management System), we thought it would be a good idea to put together a quick post that explains how to install WordPress on your hosting account. Before you do anything else, you will need to download the latest installation package. You can find the most up-to-date build at the official WordPress site.
As soon as the download is complete, you are ready to upload the WordPress files to your server. You can do this by using an FTP Client. We recommend Filezilla. You can also upload files via cPanel -> File Manager -> Upload file(s). If you want your WordPress installation to power the entirety of your site, the files should reside in the public_html folder of your account. If you only want to run WordPress on a section of your website i.e. www.yourdomain.com/blog, you will need to create a subfolder in public_html named blog (public_html/blog) and upload the WordPress files to that location.
Once all WordPress files have been uploaded to your server you can begin the installation process. Open up your favourite browser and type your domain name in the browser (http://www.yourdomain.com)*. Once the page has loaded you will be presented with a message that tells you that you don’t have a wp-config.php file and you should create one. Click on the “Create a configuration file button to continue.
* Please note: If you have installed WordPress in to a subfolder, at this point you will need to visit: http://www.yourdomain.com/subfoldername/
Creating a MYSQL Database and User for WordPress
For the current tutorial we are going to show you the easy way of creating a database and user for your WordPress install using the MYQSQL Database Wizard.
First, you will need to login to your website’s cpanel. Cpanel can be found at http://yourdomainname.com/cpanel on most popular hosting services, open up a new tab and login. Once you’re logged in, scroll down the page until you see an icon for the MYSQL Database Wizard, click on the icon to proceed to the next step. You will be asked to enter a unique name for your database, this can be anything you want it to be, the more obscure the better, now hit the “Create database” button.
On the next page you will be asked to create a user and enter a password (once again, the more obscure the better), make sure you store your password somewhere safe as you will need this later in the tutorial. Once you have filled out your user and password details hit “Create user”. The Wizard will now prompt you to select which privileges the user requires, select all and hit “Make Changes”.
Final Step: Configure the Database
Go back to the installation tab in your browser and copy over the details that you just created in cpanel with the MYSQL Database Wizard. Enter your database name, user name and password that you created. Leave database host as localhost and the table prefix as wp_. Now press the “Submit” button.
On the next screen you will have to enter some administrative information for your new site. Enter a username, password, a title for your site and select whether you want search engines to index your site or not (we advise discouraging search engines from indexing your site, until you have it how you want, just remember to uncheck this box via settings -> reading, when you’re ready to put your WordPress website live. Once you’ve filled out all the information, press the “Install WordPress” button.
Congratulations! You just successfully installed WordPress to power your site! Login to your site to access the dashboard and begin posting to your new blog!