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Step 3: Install WordPress

Stage 3: WordPress Guide 04/09/2017

First, I told you how to select a good domain name. Next, I gave you tips on how to choose the right web hosting company. Once you have purchased a plan, you can install WordPress easily through your hosting account. This is the third step on how to set up an instant website.

Why Install WordPress?

WordPress is an open source software which means it’s free. It’s easy to manage. It also has a lot features that are helpful to many non-technical users. It is also very easy to learn for first time users. Oh, and I use WordPress on this website.

If you find my website good enough for your project, then use WordPress. I have not done any major alterations to my site, so it is virtually the default settings. A website like mine, with all the above benefits and without a background in web programming. What else can you ask for?

10 Simple Steps in Quick Installation of WordPress

To enjoy the many other benefits offered by WordPress, here is a simple and straight forward guide that will help you install wordpress in no time.

  1. Login to your chosen hosting provider
  2. Go to the cpanel page
  3. Scroll down to the Application section
  4. Go to the 1-Click install page
  5. Complete the information needed such as the website name, site description, email address, admin username and password.
  6. Click install now – this will only take a couple of minutes
  7. Login to your admin page – this will be: yourdomain/wp-admin/
  8. Enter the username and password you created during the installation process
  9. Once logged in, go to the page section and click add new page.
  10. Start writing web pages

Congratulations! You’ve now got a website. Your focus should now be on publishing great contents. You can start by writing different pages such as an about section, services offered page and a contact us page.

In the past not all web hosting companies offer the 1-Click installation feature. You didn’t have an option then apart from installing it manually. With 25% of website now using WordPress, the quick installation option is provided as a basic feature. I will stay away from hosting providers that don’t offer this.

This page should really end here. You don’t need to read the content below.

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Installing WordPress Manually

This was my old guide when I used to manually install WordPress. However, just to give you an idea of how complicated it is to do it manually, you can continue reading.

There are various methods that you can use to install WordPress for your site. This will focus on manual wordpress installation using either the file manager on your chosen web hosting’s cpanel or a file transfer protocol (FTP)

Things You Need to Upload Files:

  • A text editor
  • A web browser of your choice such as Internet Explorer, Firefox or Opera
  • An FTP client such as Filezilla
  • Access to your web server
  • Download the latest wordpress version directly from their wordpress.org
  • Be ready with the credentials that will enable you to access your hosting account
  • Start the installation process

Manual Installation Process

Step 1. Unzip the downloaded wordpress zip folder. After unzipping the file you will see a folder named wordpress, double click it.

Step 2. Create a database on WordPress using the cPanel’s MySQL Database Wizard and add a user to it, with appropriate privileges.

  • Log into the cpanel of your hosting server, and click on the “MySql databases”.
  • In the new window that pops up create a new database , name it appropriately such as myblog_wordpress and click on ‘create new database’.
  • Once you click on the create database button you should see a message ‘added the database myblog_wordpress’ which means that your database has been added, then proceed.
  • Create a new user in the database who will have privileges to access or modify your site. Click on the ‘create user’ option and fill up the username and password that the user will need to access the site.
  • Add the created user to the database by clicking on the “ADD” button.
  • In the window that pops up empower the created user with all privileges and click on the ‘make changes’ button to effect this.
  • When a message “username was added to the myblog_wordpress” pops up you are good to go.

Step 3. Go back to the wordpress folder at step 2 and rename the “wp-config-sample.php” to wp-config.php.

Step 4: Open the wp-config.php in your favorite text editor such as notepad and enter the following details:

  • The name of the database you created.
  • The username you created in the database.
  • The password of the user.
  • The hostname usually localhost.
  • DB_CHARSET The database character set, normally should not be changed DB_COLLATE The database collation should normally be left blank.

Uploading via FTP

Step 5. Upload the files. Connect the file transfer client such as filezilla to the server using the quick connect button and fill all the required fields.

Step 6. Once connected you will see a folder with a /, click on the plus sign and go to the “public_html” folder.

Step 7. Select the wordpress folder from your hand drive, then drag and drop to the “public_html” folder. This will load the downloaded and unzipped wordpress file into the server.

Step 8. To fully install wordpress open your browser and follow this URL: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php replacing example.com with your own domain name. Fill all the details and click on “Install WordPress”.

Step 9. You will see a window showing you that wordpress has been installed and you can login to manage your website or blog.

Installing WordPress in a Nutshell

Armed with this easy, clear, and concise step by step guide in WordPress installation, you should be able to use WordPress as your website or your site’s blog.

Using WordPress means you no longer have to study the quite complicated and hard to grasp programming languages that web developers use. With wordpress you will have an instant website that you can use to inform, update and interact with your clients freely and effectively.

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