Manually Install WordPress – How To Start a Blog

 

To install wordpress manually the following steps are necessary:

  • get the latest wordpress version
  • create a database
  • configure your wp-config.php to use the database
  • upload your wordpress onto your hosting platform via FTP
  • configure your wordpress username and password

That sounds like a lot of steps but actually it is failry easy and could be done within minutes!

So I will guide you through the single steps one by one:

Check if your hosting platform meets the requirements

Well, this is easy – if you already have registered your domain and your webspace you will find some link to something like “MySQL”,  “Database” or similar. You maybe would have to look into your account details – if you are unsure about this point it might be good to contact the customer support or have a look inside the FAQ/help section of your web host.

If you did not open an account yet – do it and take care of the details. Normally you will find the stuff your account supports somewhere during the registration process.

Anyway: Modern web-hosting contracts which cost some $ a month support MySQL and PHP – so let’s go!

Download the latest version of wordpress

Get it here: wordpress.org

Unzip the content somewhere on your hard drive.

Create a database

Create a Database in the database-controls which you normally find inside your web-hosting’s control panel – somewhere. Look for something called “database” or MySQL – if you don’t find it – check your hosts help

Once you’ve created the database write down the following details:

  • the database’s name (normally created automatically)
  • the user name (also created automatically)
  • the database-password (this is NOT your wordpress-password. In most cases you would have to set this manually, either during creation of the database or afterwards)
  • the host name (you will find this somewhere in the text above your database-overview)

Configure the wp-config.php

Go into the folder named “wordpress” that you just unzipped in an earlier step and look for a file named “wp-config-sample.php” and open it with a txt-editor (not word or pages – just a simple txt-editor).

Change the following:

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘wordpress’); // The name of the database
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username’); // Your MySQL username
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password’); // … and password
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value

to:

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘databases name’); // The name of the database
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username’); // Your MySQL username
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password’); // … and password
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘hostname’); // 99% chance you won’t need to change this value

Use the database details you wrote down during creating the database and make sure to keep the ‘ !!!

Now save that file as wp-config.php

Upload wordpress via FTP

Open a FTP program, log in to your webs pace and upload the files and folders inside the “wordpress”-folder on your hard drive into the root-folder in your web space. This normally is the place where your FTP-program lands after logging in.If you are running different domain-names that require different wp-installations you can also put wordpress into a separate folder – you would only have to make your domain point into this particular folder.

If you are not sure – again check your web-hosting’s help or support

Now after you performed the upload which might take some minutes – depending on your connection speed – you are almost done!

There’s only one step missing:

Configure your wordpress username and password

Type your domain into the address-bar of your browser. Now you are basically on a site which is already your blog!

Great- huh?! The only thing which separates you from completing the installation is setting your wordpress password and your username! Make sure you change the username from admin to something else – for security reasons (there are always brute-force attacks on wp-installations with “admin” as username – in the end hacking your account. You don’t want this!)

Then you type in an email address where wordpress can send notifications about new comments.

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