It seems like everyone and their grandma is trying to get into the blogging game these days. Well, every good blog needs a good blogging platform, and WordPress is one of the most effective platforms on the market.
In this piece, we will give you a step-by-step instructional guide for how to install WordPress all by yourself.
Downloading and Extracting the Files
To officially begin the WordPress installation process, you need to first go to the download section on WordPress’s website and download the most recent version of WordPress’s blogging platform files.
The downloading process can be slightly different depending on whether you are uploading WordPress to a remote web server, if you are using File Transfer Protocol, or if you are comfortable with downloading WordPress straight to your web server.
Whichever downloading method you choose to employ, once the files are downloaded, you then need to extract the files, which will be extracted to a folder called “wordpress.”
Creating a WordPress User and a Database
When it comes to creating a WordPress database, you have several different options going forward. You may already have a database that is set up for you if you are using a hosting provider, so check your control panel or provider’s support pages to determine whether or not you need to set up a database yourself.
If you do need to set up a database manually, there are a number of different database services you can use. It really all depends on what your hosting provider offers. For our purposes, we will demonstrate how to install a WordPress database using phpMyAdmin.
First, you will need to make sure you install phpMyAdmin if your web server does not already have it installed. Once you have phpMyAdmin up and running, open up the Database dropdown menu on the left. If you see that a WordPress-related database does not already exist, you will need to create one.
To create a database, you will first need to choose a name for it. Typically, this name will need to begin with your username followed by an underscore. Type your name into the Create Database section and then select the best arrangement for your language and encoding.
Next comes the step of creating a WordPress user. To begin this stage, go back to the phpMyAdmin main menu and click on the Users tab to see if a WordPress-related user already exists. It one does not exist, click Add User button and choose a username and password.
Make sure that all the Global Privileges’ options are kept at their defaults before clicking Go.
Uploading the Files
The next step of the WordPress installation process is deciding whether you want your WordPress-powered site to appear in the root directory (http://websitename.com/) of the site or a subdirectory (http://websitename.com/blog/).
If you want it to appear in the root directory, use a File Transfer Protocol client to upload everything contained in the “wordpress” directory into your website’s root directory.
If you want the WordPress site to appear in a subdirectory, be sure that you rename the “wordpress” directory to your preferred subdirectory name before using a File Transfer Protocol client to upload the entire directory into your preferred location within the root directory.
Running the Install Script
How you proceed with the process of running the install script depends on whether you uploaded your files into the root directory or a subdirectory.
If you placed them in the root directory, go to http://websitename.com/wp-admin/install.php, but if you placed them in a subdirectory, go to http://example.com/subdirectoryname/wp-admin/install.php.
You will then need to enter in some database connection details, such as the database name, your username, your password, the database host, and the table prefix.
Finishing Up the Installation Process
For the last step of the installation process, you should be presented with a screen that prompts you to fill in some site information. This information includes the username, the site title, your email address, and your desired password (which you will have to enter twice).
There is also a check box at the bottom that will ask you whether or not you want your site to be visible in search engines, such as Google. If you want your site to be visible to everyone, make sure the box is left unchecked.
Then, simply click install WordPress. If the installation process was successful, you will be presented with a login prompt.
If there is an error of any kind, go back and make sure that all the database information was entered successfully. In case that does not work, make sure you permitted your WordPress user authorization to access your WordPress database and that the database server is operating.
Once you go back and correct these errors, you have successfully learned how to install WordPress. After your site is up and running, you should be on your way to providing the best possible content to your users. Pretty exciting stuff, isn’t it?