Do you want to create a WordPress Blog or Website? You will learn how to install WordPress and create your first blog with this beginner’s guide. All the information you will learn might be the beginning of something extraordinary for you.
This is a complete beginner guide on how to install WordPress on any hosting platform. If you are using and want to install WordPress on BlueHost, Ionos, Goddady, or any other hosting, don’t worry, in this guide, we will be using a server running Plesk, but the steps will work on any hosting.
Requirements and Preparation
To create a self-hosted WordPress blog/site, a few requirements are needed. This is what you will need to create your first WordPress site:
- Hosting Platform.
What is a Domain Name? A domain is the name and identification/address of your website. It is the URL that you type in your web browser to access a website. An example of a domain is; example.com or mydomain.org.
A Hosting is where all your website files are saved/hosted and accessible over a network/internet. To access the files, you need to point your domain to your hosting, and when you access the domain, it will fetch and show all the information hosted on the hosting server.
How To Install WordPress Manually
When you have all the requirements, your domain, and hosting prepared, then it’s time to start installing WordPress. Note that there are many different hosting platforms out there, some of them offer tools to install WordPress automatically, and the installation process will differ from host to host.
Luckily, the Manual installation of WordPress is almost universal, and no major changes are present. Here are the steps on how to install WordPress Manually.
Create a Database and Database User.
This step will probably confuse most of the newbie’s users; please follow carefully and attentively as this is the most important step of this operation. Check the guides below on how to create a database.
Download WordPress Files
After creating your database, the next step is to download the WordPress files. These files are provided by the official WordPress website and can be downloaded for free.
Access the site: https://wordpress.org/download/ and download the files. See the image below.
Upload Worpdress Files
After you download the files, you need to access your hosting and upload the files in the root of your domain or directory you want to install WordPress.
You can either extract the .zip file directly on your computer and upload the WordPress folder to the root of your domain (httpdocs) for Plesk or (Public_html) for Cpanel, or you can use Plesk or Cpanel file manager to extract the files.
You can also upload your files via FTP using an FTP Client software like FileZilla.
Rename and Edit the Configuration file
On this step, you have to rename and edit the file wp-config-sample.php. This step can be done before or after uploading your files. You can either edit the file before uploading to your host, or you can edit after you upload on your hosting through the Cpanel, Plesk, or Filezilla file editor.
- Rename the file wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php.
- Edit the file and add the database information we created before (Database Name, Username, and Password).
- Save the file.
All the steps until now were basic settings needed to install WordPress Manually, and now you will need to install WordPress, give it a Title, User Name, and Password for your Administration area, all you have to do is:
Visit your site URL to start the installation.
You will need to replace “Domain.com” with your own domain.
Note: If you uploaded the WordPress files on a different directory other than the root directory, you would have to point your URL to that directory. Example:
On the next page, select the language of the WordPress installation:
On the following screen, give your WordPress a Title, Username, User Password, and Email. Please ensure you save or memorize your password, as you will need it to log in to the admin area.
Click on the “Install WordPress” button. Now you can make your configuration and customizations by accessing the “Admin” area of WordPress, and you can do this by going into the URL of your site, like this:
Replace “domain.com with your own domain.
You made it. Your WordPress site is live and running. I hope this tutorial was of any help to you. Don’t forget to check our other guides and tutorials about WordPress, Hosting, Linux, and many more.