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How to Install WordPress: Getting Your Blog Ready


WordPress is the most preferred choice for blogging. Installing WordPress is as easy as using it. The entire process of WordPress installation takes less than a few minutes. No struggling with various server settings or fixing codes. Here’s a guide to installing a basic WordPress blog. Read it and you will be ready to install WordPress.

  1. Check that your web host has the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
  2. Download the latest version of WordPress.
  3. Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.
  4. Set up your database: WordPress uses MySQL database. The process is different for each Webhost. So I will just tell you that you need to be ready with the database name, username, password and database host. If you have trouble in this, you need to check with your hosting company.
  5. Use FileZilla (or any other FTP client) to connect to your webhosting space. To connect to your web server using Filezilla, go to File -> Site Manager and add a new site. You will have to enter the FTP address for your web server. It’s generallyftp.yourdomain.com or just yourdomain.com. You will also need your FTP username and password. Apart from this, your hosting company will also tell you what server typeor FTP protocol needs to be used for FTP access. All of it should be there in your hosting dashboard or the mail sent by them. (Again, if you have any trouble, get in touch with your webhost.)
  1. Upload the contents of the unzipped WordPress folder to the desired directory on your Web server. The left pane of Filezilla shows the local directory (that’s on your computer). Browse to the WordPress folder on your hard drive. The right pane of Filezilla is the webserver diresctories. Browse to the directory where you want to install WordPress. Now select all files and folders (Ctrl+A) in the local WordPress directory and drag-and-drop them in the desired webhost directory present in the right pane. Filezilla wil start uploading the files and alert you when it’s done.
  2. Open a Web browser (such as Firefox or Google Chrome) and open the URL of your WordPress blog or site being installed. You will be greeted by a WordPress error page with a large button saying “Create a Configuration File”. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. Enter your database details (and a special prefix if you want to install multiple WordPress blogs using one database). You will be done in less than a minute.
  3. If the WordPress cannot automatically configure itself, go to the web directory where it is being installed. Locate the file named wp-sample-config.php. Rename it to wp-config.php and open it for editing. Manually add your database details at the designated places. Get a secure password for your Secret Key and paste it at the marked place. Now open the site in browser and customize it.
  1. Upload the contents of the unzipped WordPress folder to the desired directory on your Web server. The left pane of Filezilla shows the local directory (that’s on your computer). Browse to the WordPress folder on your hard drive. The right pane of Filezilla is the webserver diresctories. Browse to the directory where you want to install WordPress. Now select all files and folders (Ctrl+A) in the local WordPress directory and drag-and-drop them in the desired webhost directory present in the right pane. Filezilla wil start uploading the files and alert you when it’s done.
  2. Open a Web browser (such as Firefox or Google Chrome) and open the URL of your WordPress blog or site being installed. You will be greeted by a WordPress error page with a large button saying “Create a Configuration File”. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen. Enter your database details (and a special prefix if you want to install multiple WordPress blogs using one database). You will be done in less than a minute.
  3. If the WordPress cannot automatically configure itself, go to the web directory where it is being installed. Locate the file named wp-sample-config.php. Rename it to wp-config.php and open it for editing. Manually add your database details at the designated places. Get a secure password for your Secret Key and paste it at the marked place. Now open the site in browser and customize it.

I have tried to provide an easy-to-understand guide to installing wordPress. Howerver, if you still face any trouble during WordPress install, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or shoot me a mail. You might also want to read the WordPress installation guide on WordPress.org.

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