How to Install WordPress Manually

If you are looking for a powerful, easy to use publishing platform, you do not need look further than WordPress. Installing WordPress is a very simple process and it will take only few minutes to complete.

Many web hosts, like DreamHost, BlueHost,  now offer tools to automatically install WordPress. However, if you wish to install WordPress yourself, the following guide will help.

Firstly ensure that your web host has the minimum requirements to run WordPress. You just need to ask them if your account supports PHP 5.2.4 or greater, MySQL 5.0 or greater and the mod_rewrite Apache module.

Install WordPress Manually – Step by Step Guide

1. Download and Extract

To install WordPress manually, you need to download the latest release of WordPress from the official download page. Once the download is complete, unzip the package.

2. Create the Database and a User

You can follow these instructions to create your WordPress username and database using cPanel.

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. Click MySQL Database Wizard icon under the Databases section.MySQL Database Wizard icon
  3. In Step 1. Create a Database enter the database name and click Next Step.Create a Database
  4. In Step 2. Create Database Users enter the database user name and the password. Make sure to use a strong password. Click Create User.Create Database Users
  5. In Step 3. Add User to Database click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.Add User to Database
  6. In Step 4. Complete the task note the database name and user. Write down the values of Host Name, User Name, Database Name, and the password you chose.Complete the task

3. Set up wp-config.php

You can either create and edit the wp-config.php file yourself, or you can skip this step and let WordPress do this itself when you run the installation script in Step 5.

1. Open the extracted WordPress Package and rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.

2. Open wp-config.php in a text editor and fill in your database details and the secret keys.

Enter your database information

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //

/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'usernamehere');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere');

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

Replace putyourdbnamehere, usernamehere, localhost, and yourpasswordhere with the Database Name, User Name, Host Name, and the Password you chose in Step 2.

Enter your secret key values under the section labeled

* Authentication Unique Keys.

You can use the the online generator to create long, random and complicated keys.

3. Save the wp-config.php file.

4. Upload the files

Now upload the files to your web hosting account via FTP using a client application like Filezilla.

If you want blog in the Root Directory: Upload all the contents of the WordPress directory (but not the directory itself) into the root directory of your web site.

If you want blog in a Sub-directory: Rename the WordPress directory to your desired name, and upload the directory to your desired location within the root directory of your web site.

5. Run the Install Script

If you placed the WordPress files in the root directory, you should visit:

If you placed the WordPress files in a subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit:

Setup configuration file (This will only be required if you missed the Step 3)

1. If WordPress can’t find the wp-config.php file, it will tell you and offer to try to create and edit the file itself. Click on the Create a Configuration File button to proceed.

Create Configuration File

2. You will see a message, asking you to know your database information before proceeding. If you have got all your database information, click the Let’s go! button.

Information Needed WordPress Installation

3. Enter all the database details and click the Sumbit button

Database details

If this works, you can go ahead with the installation; otherwise, go back to Step 3 to create, edit, and upload the wp-config.php file yourself.

Finishing Installation

On the next page you will have to enter website title, your user name, your password (twice) and your e-mail address. Leave the box checked if you would like your blog to appear in search engines like Google, Bing, etc.

Enter Your Information

Once you fill in all the information, press the Install WordPress button.

WordPress Login Page

All done! Your WordPress has been installed.

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