If we are sure of something is that install WordPress en our server is very easy even if you don’t know anything about web development, as we explained in our last post about what WordPress is and how it works. If you want to have your own domain and use WordPress with all of its potential, you’ll need to hire a hosting and install WordPress on it.

Here we explain you all you need to know to install WordPress in an easy and fast way. ¡Here we go!

Your hosting

If you want to install WordPress you need to hire a hosting and a domain. There are a lot of possibilities; you only have to search the appropriate option for your needs.

However we have to be sure that our site has (at least) 100 Mb of space on the disk in order to work properly. Also it’s essential to have a database (PHP and MySQL) and a transfer rate of at least 1 GB, which is enough to start with your site.

install-wordpress-step-by-step

If your site starts growing (we really hope so!) you can start amplifying your hired plan in order to keep the site fluid and have enough space on the disk in order to keep publishing amazing content.

What you’ll need

Once you have hired your server you need to locate some information about your site and install a few programs, which are the following.

1. FTP data

You need the information to access the FTP, which must be given to you by your hosting supplier:

  • FTP path.
  • FTP user.
  • FTP password.

2. MySQL data

You also need access to the database, where your site information will be stored. In order to access to phpMyAdmin (you’ll find it in your internal management area of your site) you need a user, password and the host path (given to you by your supplier).

Once you’re in the phpMyAdmin manager you need to create a database. You have to click the “Database” section and then click on “Create a new database”. Choose a name for your database and specify “utf8_unicode_ci” on the dropdown. Finally you only have to click the “Create” button.

You’ll have this information ready for later:

  • Database name which you created.
  • User (the one that we wrote to login at phpMyAdmin).
  • Password (the one that we wrote to login at phpMyAdmin).
  • Host path (the one that we wrote to login at phpMyAdmin).

3. Downloads

Finally you need to download the following files:

  • Latest version of WordPress.
  • FTP client. You can use the FTP manager from your hosting supplier. However, we recommend you to use FileZilla, which can be downloaded here.
  • Text editor. You’ll need a text editor nicer than the Notepad, although it’s not necessary. There are a lot of free and powerful text editors, as the Notepad++. You can download it here.

We can start now… Uploading WordPress to your server using FTP

Once you have located all the data from your site and with all the files downloaded it’s time to start the upload and the installation.

The first thing we have to do is unzipping the file that we downloaded from WordPress, which contains its latest version. Once you do that you’ll have a folder called “wordpress” with some archives and folders inside.

Open your FTP client and fill in the specified fields your FTP domain, user and password (the ones you saved on the 1st section), as you can see in the image:

install-wordpress-filezilla

Once you connect with your server through FTP you’ll see the folder/s that your site has. You’ll have to upload the content from the inside of the “wordpress” folder —NOT the folder, its CONTENT— to your server directory where your WordPress site has to be installed.

Depending on your supplier you have to upload it in one place or another. In our case we put it on the “www” directory, as it is the main folder for the site. But also it’s possible to have only a “/” directory or maybe another called “web”.

The result will be something like this image, having in mind everything we told about the different directories, but also that you want to install WordPress in your main directory —and not in “/blog”, E.g. —.

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Modifying the wp-config.php file

Last step before the installation is modifying the wp-config file. Among all the files you copied to your directory you’ll find one called “wp-config-sample.php”. Copy that file and paste it again but naming it “wp-config.php”. Open this new file that you have just created and edit it with your new text editor and the MySQL data (the ones you saved from the 2nd section). You’ll have something like this:

install-wordpress-wp-config

Once you edit these fields, save the file and close it.

Installing WordPress

Finally we are on the last step, in which you are going to install WordPress in your site. For that you’ll go with your browser to…

http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php

…only if you are going to install it on the main directory of your site. If your intention is to install it on “/blog” you’ll have to go to http://yourdomain.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php ¡Here we go!

You’ll follow the steps that WordPress gives you by filling in the name of your new site, password, etc., and then you’ll have everything ready to start customizing everything and publish amazing content.

It wasn’t so hard, was it? You know that if you have any doubt we are here to help you in everything you need. You just have to leave a comment down here.

As always, it has been a pleasure!

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