Installing WordPress

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:

  1. Check your host’s server meets the minimum requirements for WordPress.
  2. Grab a copy of the latest version of WordPress.
  3. 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?

  1. 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.
  2. Rename the wp-config-sample.php file in the folder you just unzipped to wp-config.php.
  3. Open wp-config.php in a text editor and add the database details you just created.
  4. 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’.
  5. 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.

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