LET’S GET STARTED
- 1 4 Simple Methods To Install WordPress
- 1.1 Method 1: Installing WordPress on the SiteGround
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- 1.3 Method 2: Install WordPress via cPanel and Auto Installers
- 1.4 Method 3: Install WordPress Manually Using FTP
- 1.5 Method 4: Install WordPress on Your Local Computer (Install WP Locally)
- 2 Conclusion
- 3 FAQs
So you want to start a website, huh? You’re not alone.
According to a recent study, 62% of businesses do the same thing using WordPress.
Even more, WordPress is the big player in the top 1 million websites, powering a whopping 39.5% of them.
But here’s the snag: getting WordPress set up can feel like a total puzzle if you’re not some kind of tech genius. You’re definitely not alone in that.
A lot of people stress about breaking something or just getting lost in the technical details. No worries—installing WordPress in 2023 is easier than tying your shoes.
Stick around and I’ll show you how, step-by-step.
4 Simple Methods To Install WordPress
Method 1: Installing WordPress on the SiteGround
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1. Select a WordPress Hosting Plan
As introduced, the first step is to select an ideal plan
Site ground has three plans to choose from. You can select the plan according to your requirements and suitability, and proceed by clicking on get plan.
2. Connect Your Domain Name
In this step, you’ll have to enter your domain name.
Select the option if you have a domain name, “I already have a domain.”
Now, if you want to buy a new one, then click on “register a new domain” and then check your domain availability.
Click on proceed to continue. The next step is to fill in your contact details and payment details.
Once you’ve completed the above details, you can find yourself on the site ground page.
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3. Complete Your WordPress Installation
Now here you have two options either to start a new website or migrate from other hosting platforms. Since we are installing WordPress for the first time, go ahead with the former part.
Now, select WordPress from the choose application and enter the access credentials. It’s important to remember your WordPress login credentials as you have to log in WordPress dashboard later.
Click on Continue for the installation.
Your installation is under process.
Click on “go to site”, your WordPress site has just been installed.
Method 2: Install WordPress via cPanel and Auto Installers
Another simple method of installing WordPress is using your own controlling panel.
1. Log in to Your cPanel
To begin, log into your hosting control panel, also referred to as the cPanel.
Other control panel types are CentOS, Plesk, Froxlor, and so on.
2. Click On the WordPress Auto Installer
When you’re in cPanel, you’ll find the Autoinstaller.
Depending on who’s hosting your website, the name of this feature might be different—like Softaculous, Fantastico, or QuickInstall.
All you’ve got to do next is find the WordPress logo under this Autoinstaller section.
You’ll now be on the WordPress installation page. Click on the “install now.”
3. Connect Your Domain Name
Select the latest version of WordPress from the options available in the dropdown.
pick the domain name you want to use for your site. If you got a domain name when you signed up for hosting, you’ll see it in a drop-down list. Just select it.
4. Create Login Credentials
The next step is to create the admin account.
Next, you’ll create a username and password. This is super important because you’ll use these to log in to your WordPress dashboard later.
Click on “install” once you’ve completed the above step.
5. Launch Your WordPress Site
Your WordPress has now been successfully installed.
You can now log into your wp-admin using the credentials you’ve just created.
Method 3: Install WordPress Manually Using FTP
You can easily install WordPress from the above two methods. They are the easiest way to install the WordPress.
Whereas, the manual method involves a few more steps.
1. Download WordPress
To begin, download the latest version of WordPress from the wordpress.org.site.
2. Upload WordPress to Your Hosting Account
Now you have to move some files to a special folder on your website called ‘public_html’. To do this, you’ll need a tool called an FTP client. A popular one is Filezilla.
To get started, you’ll need some login info called FTP credentials. You can find these in your hosting control panel.
Launch your FTP client and connect to your web server using the FTP credentials from your web hosting provider.
Most FTP clients use a similar, two-column split view.
On the left side of the screen, you’ll see the files that are on your own computer. On the right side, you’ll see a folder on the web server—that’s the online space where you want to upload your files.
To get your files onto the web server, just drag them from the left side of the screen over to the right side.
Once the files are uploaded, log into your hosting control panel.
3. Create MySQL Database and User
The next step in our installation process is to create a database. A database is a place where WordPress stores all of your website’s content. When someone visits your website, WordPress pulls the content from the database and creates the page they see.
Now, we need to set up our database.
To create a MySQL database, log into your control panel and look out for ‘Database’ or ‘phpMyAdmin.’
The location of the database and phpmyadmin may vary on your service provider.
Click on “Create Database” to create one.
Next, you’ll need to create a user and set permissions to access and modify your database.
Click on “Add New User.”
It’s recommended to enter a strong username and password, and most importantly save your credentials safely.
Great! The database is set up. Now tell WordPress to connect to our database.
4. Configure wp-config.php
The details of the database are specified in wp-config.php.
As it is a new or a fresh installation, you’ll notice a file named ‘wp-config-sample.php’ on the remote web server.
Rename this file to ‘wp-config.php’ and then double-click on the file to edit it.
Now, identify the part in the file where you’ll have to include the details of the database you just created.
DB_NAME: Enter the database name you just created.
DB_USER: Enter the username you created.
DB_PASSWORD: The password you created.
DB_HOST: This is usually a local host or an IP address.
DB_CHARSET: This is the language and encoding you selected, which is utf8.
Save and close the file when you are done.
5. Run the Installation
You are now on the final step to running the WordPress.
For this, you have to enter the website’s URL in the browser. And you on the WordPress welcome screen.
Fill in the welcome screen details, such as the site title, create a username and password, and your email address.
Once you’re done click on the “WordPress install.”
If you all did well, you’ll be directed to the wp-admin page, i.e., the login page.
And that’s how you manually install WordPress using FTP!
Method 4: Install WordPress on Your Local Computer (Install WP Locally)
Our last method is to install WordPress on your local machine.
Normally it is done when you’d like to carry out tests and development on your computer before publishing it to a live site.
WAMP and XAMPP are two free programs you can install on your local computer that mimic a web server.
Using these, you can create your WordPress website locally before pushing it to live.
While WAMP is specifically designed for Windows, XAMPP has versions for Windows, OS X, and Linux platforms.
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1. Is it necessary to have coding skills to install WordPress?
No, installing WordPress doesn’t require coding skills. Many hosting providers offer one-click installs that make the process straightforward.
2. What should I do if I encounter errors during the installation?
Don’t panic. Many common issues have straightforward solutions. Check the WordPress forums or reach out to your hosting provider’s customer support for guidance.
3. Can I change my domain name after installing WordPress?
Yes, but it involves a few steps to correctly redirect your site and ensure you don’t lose SEO rankings. It’s easier to choose the right domain name from the get-go.
4. What should I do after installing WordPress?
After installing WordPress, the next steps typically involve choosing a theme, installing essential plugins, and creating your first post or page.
5. How long does it take to install WordPress?
A one-click install can take as little as five minutes. A manual install might take a bit longer, especially if it’s your first time.