There are many ways of installing WordPress and the good news is, anyone can install the software manually on their site. However, it would be a little complicated so it is recommended that you use an installer script if the website hosting provider offers one.
Steps on Installing WordPress Manually
- Create a Database – Many hosting companies provide an interface to make it easier to setup a database. For easier understanding, we will be using MySQL Wizard as a sample on the cPanel admin panel. Although there will be a slight difference in the steps for different interfaces, generally they are almost the same. Here is how to create a database for WordPress:
- Login to your dashboard in cPanel and scroll down to the Database section. Select MySQL Database Wizard.
- Enter a new name for your database. You will notice that your full name will include the name on the left of the textbox. Therefore, your full name includes your hosting provider and your database name. Click next step when you are done.
- The next step is to create Database User. You have to create a username and password. Once you have done that, you can click Create User.
- Download WordPress and Upload it to your Site. You can go to the WordPress download page and download the zip file. It contains the latest version of WordPress. Extract the contents of the zip file and make sure you know where you saved those files. After extracting the files, you have to create a wp-config.php file with your database. You can create it by opening the WordPress folder and find the wp-config-sample.php file and open it in your most favorite web editor or text editor like the Notepad.
- Finish setting up WordPress – Once the upload is done, you can now set up your site. You open the browser and enter http://yourdomain.com/wp-config.php. Replace your domain.com with your domain or subdomain name. WordPress configuration page will open. Enter the name of your site and account information for the site administrator. Also enter your email address so that the site information can be emailed back to you. Now click Install WordPress. After a while you will see a success screen to let you know that WordPress is now fully installed on your site. Enter your username and password and click Log In. You can now access your WordPress site’s admin page.