Manual WordPress Installation Steps

With automated platforms, it has become quite seamless to install WordPress. By using an auto-installer like Softaculous, you will be able to install WordPress within a few minutes with little to no technical knowledge. However, when you don’t have an auto-installer to help with the installation of WordPress, you are left to install it manually. The following manual WordPress installation steps will take some effort on your part, but if you go through each step in the end you will have successfully installed WordPress on your website. Before you begin please note that your web hosting needs to have PHP version 5.2.4 or higher and MySQL version 5.0 or higher in order to run WordPress.

This manual WordPress installation tutorial consists of the following four steps,

  1. Download the Latest Version of WordPress and Unzip the Installation Files
  2. Upload the WordPress Installation Files to Your Web Hosting Account
  3. Create a MYSQL Database, MYSQL Username, Password and Set the Right Permissions
  4. Run the Installation File and Input the Required Information to Setup WordPress

STEP ONE: Download the Latest Version of WordPress and Unzip the Installation Files

Begin by downloading the latest version of WordPress here. Extract the WordPress installation ZIP file to a folder on your computer.

download_wordpressSTEP TWO: Upload the WordPress Installation Files to Your Web Hosting Account

Upload all of the WordPress installation files through a FTP client, such as FTPZilla or CuteFTP to the appropriate folder where you want the website to be accessible. If you want the blog to be on the main domain, you will need to upload the files to the root.

STEP THREE: Create a MYSQL Database, MYSQL Username, Password and Set the Right Permissions

The third step in manually installing WordPress is creating a MYSQL database and user and to link both of them with the appropriate permissions. If you are using a control panel like cPanel, it’s not too hard to create a MYSQL database. On the main page of your control panel, scroll down to the MYSQL section and select Database. Here, you will need to create a database. The name of the database does not matter too much, as long as you remember it.

Next, create a database user with a tough password. Finally, add the user to the database and make sure all the privileges are enabled.

create_database STEP FOUR: Run the Installation File and Input the Required Information to Setup WordPress

The last step is to go through with the installation and configuration of the new WordPress installation. If you installed your WordPress blog on the root of your domain, you will need to visit your blog at the root address. This would simply be your domain name, for example, www.yourwebsite.com. When you navigate to your main page, you will be asked to create a configuration file. Go ahead and get that done!

In the next step, you will need to know the information you used above for your database. You will need the database name, database username and password. The database host is left as localhost and the table prefix is left as wp_. If the database information you provided is correct, the installation will go through perfectly.

The final part of the installation is to provide information on the title of your blog, your username and to create a password. Once you’re done all that, WordPress is now fully installed on your web hosting account.

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