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How to Install WordPress Tutorial.

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How to Install WordPress Tutorial Overview.

This simple tutorial will give you an understanding of WordPress and then show you how to get a WordPress website up and running. There are many ways to install WordPress including some “One Click” methods but this tutorial is going to show you how to manually install WordPress from scratch. This method will give you a better understanding of the working parts of WordPress and how it functions. It is my preferred method because I can control every part of the installation, step-by-step.

Quickies.

What is WordPress?

WordPress is an open source content management system that lets anyone build their own custom website. It is free to use for any purpose and is licensed under the GPLv2 license. WordPress is an extremely popular website platform with over 34% of all websites online using it.

Note: This tutorial applies to WordPress.org websites not WordPress.com websites.

What Kind of Websites Can I Build with WordPress?

The possibilities of WordPress are absolutely endless and you can really build any type of website you want. Anything from a blog or news website to a full blown eCommerce store or business website. Here are a few examples of popular websites using WordPress: The New Yorker, TechCrunch, and BBC America.

Things You Will Need to Install WordPress.

  • A good hosting plan compatible with WordPress.

Using a quality hosting plan is essential to the success of your website. If you have not yet purchased hosting or want to be sure you are starting off on the right foot, please check out my review: The Best WordPress Hosting in 2019.

  • A text editor like notepad++ or Sublime Text. There are many others out there.
  • An FTP client like FileZilla or Cyberduck.
  • Ability to create a MySQL database on your hosting plan.
  • A web browser.

How to Manually Install WordPress.

1. Go to WordPress.org and download a copy of WordPress.
2. The download file is going to be in the .zip format.
3. Move the file you just downloaded to your desktop and unzip it.
4. Make an FTP connection to your server. Further instruction here: How to Make an FTP Connection with FileZilla.
5. Determine what directory your’e going to put the WordPress site in. If this is your first website on your hosting plan it will probably go in the root directory which is usually /public_html/.
6. Open the WordPress folder that you just downloaded on your desktop.
7. Upload all of the contents from your WordPress folder to the root directory of your website.
8. Now we need to create a database.

How to Create a MySQL Database in cPanel.

1. Login to your hosting plan and go to the cPanel.
2. Click on MySQL Databases.
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3. In the section labeled Create New Database enter a name for your new database.
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4. Click Create Database.
5. Now you should see a message saying your database has been added.
6. Click Go Back.
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7. In the section labeled Add New User input a username and a password.
8. Click Create User.
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9. In the Add User To Database select the user you just made and select your database.
10. Click Add.
Important: Keep the name of the database, username, and password in a safe place as you will need these in a little bit.
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11. On the Manage User Privileges screen select ALL PRIVILEGES.
12. Click Make Changes.
13. Go Back to the main screen.
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You now have an empty MySQL database and you can run your WordPress installation.

How to Run the WordPress Installation.

1. In your browser, go to the URL of your WordPress website.
2. Select the language you want to use and click Continue.
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3. Click Let’s Go!
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This next step is where you will need the database info from earlier.
4. Enter your database name, username, and password in the correct fields.
5. The Database Host field is usually localhost. If this doesn’t work you will need to get this from your hosting company.
6. I suggest changing the Table Prefix. More about WordPress Security.
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7. Click Submit.
8. Click Run the Install.
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9. Fill out all of the info on this page.
Important: This info is what you will be using to login to the WordPress admin area so be sure to save it.
10. Click Install WordPress.
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11. Now you can login to the admin area of your website with the credentials you just made here: www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin

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