Many will know WordPress for it’s ‘Famous 5-Minute Installation‘. It’s possible for a novice to set a site up using WordPress and have the basics live in around 5 minutes.
Also, many web hosts will offer the ability to install WordPress using 1-click via their control panel.
Before Installing WordPress
Before you begin installation of WordPress you will need to have the following:
- Access to your web server (via shell or FTP)
- A text editor (such as Notepad or TextEdit)
- An FTP Client
- A web browser
First Steps When Installing WordPress
Now you have access to the above things you can make a start by:
- Check your host’s server meets the minimum requirements for WordPress.
- Grab a copy of the latest version of WordPress.
- Unzip the downloaded file onto your computer.
The Famous 5-Minute Install
So you’ve downloaded the latest version of WordPress and unzipped it, now what?
- Create a database and a user for that database on your web server. If you do not know how to do this, you will need to ask your web host.
- Rename the wp-config-sample.php file in the folder you just unzipped to wp-config.php.
- Open wp-config.php in a text editor and add the database details you just created.
- Upload the WordPress files to your web server in your desired location. This can either be in the root of your site or in a sub-folder such as ‘blog’.
- Run the WordPress installation by going to the address you uploaded the files to.
And then you’re done with the installation :)
A more detailed explanation of each step can be found on the WordPress ‘Installing WordPress‘ page.