I use WordPress for all of my client projects. Why? Because I believe it is the best platform out there for blogging, growth and SEO. I go into more detail on this in my 9 Reasons to Use WordPress for your Website blog post.
One thing I hear from clients who are moving over to WordPress as to why they didn’t go with WordPress initially, is that it seems too complicated and I have to agree. Without proper education, WordPress can seem overwhelming to manage, let alone install.
However, I want to change this. I want to make it easy for you to create and manage a website with WordPress.
WordPress is the best website platform out there and if you can get started on WordPress from the very beginning then you will be saving yourself a lot of time and hassle in the long run.
Today I’m going to be showing you how to install WordPress on your own domain. Follow my WordPress series as we go along for more articles on setting up and managing your WordPress website.
Things You Need Before Installing WordPress
Before you install WordPress, you will need a domain name and a good website hosting company that has experience with WordPress. There are so many WordPress hosting companies to choose from so I recommend starting with a simple Google search on the best WordPress hosts and go from there.
WordPress One-Click Install
Before I go into how to install WordPress on your Domain manually, I shall start by saying that all major website hosts will allow you to install WordPress in minutes via a simple one-click install. If you have this option available with your website host, then this is definitely the route to go down as a beginner.
How to Install WordPress via FTP
This is the way that I install WordPress for all my client’s websites. WordPress is known for it’s famous 5 minute install however there are a few steps required before this can happen.
Create a New Database and User
The first thing you will want to do is to create a new database and user. Exactly how to do this will depend on your hosting company however they should all follow a similar pattern.
Firstly log into your control panel and if you haven’t already, choose the option to create a website.
Once your website has been created you will need to create a new database and user. To do this, click on MySQL Databases or if you’re hosting company has one, MySQL Database Wizard.
You will need to enter a name for your database and also a username and password. Keep these details safe as you will need them later on.
Download the WordPress Files
Next you will need to download the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org. Unzip the files onto your computer.
Install an FTP Client
An FTP (file transfer protocol) client allows you to upload files to your domain via your computer. You will need to download and install the FTP client to your computer. I recommend using Filezilla for this.
You will then need to connect FileZilla to your hosting package. For this you will need your hostname, username, password and FTP port. These details may be found in your welcome email or alternatively contact your hosting provider for them.
Upload your WordPress files
If you want to install WordPress on your main domain then you will need to upload the files to your website’s root directory. This is usually called /public_html/. If you want to install WordPress in a subfolder for example ‘blog’ then you will need to upload the files to /public_html/blog.
Find the files on your computer via FileZilla in the box on the left hand side and then select all, right click and upload.
Set-up WordPress on your Domain
Once the files have all uploaded, this will usually take a few minutes, you will then need to head on over to your domain for example www.yoursite.com or www.yoursite.com/blog/ and you should see a screen asking you to select a language. Select your preferred language and click continue.
Now you will see some installation instructions. This is WordPress telling you that in order to proceed you will need your database name, username, password and host. You should have these from earlier on in the steps. Click on the ‘Let’s go’ button to continue.
You will now see a form asking you to enter your database details. Enter the details you created earlier and click the ‘Submit’ button.
If you have entered all of your database details correctly, then you should see a success message. Click on ‘Run the install’. WordPress will now setup your database and send you to the final step of the installation.
Here you will need to provide a Site Title, Username, Password and Email Address. You can also select whether you want to discourage search engines from indexing your website. The majority of people will want their website to show in search engines so leave this unticked. Make sure you also make a note of your username and password somewhere safe.
Click on the ‘Install WordPress’ to complete the installation.
I hope this WordPress Installation tutorial helped you install WordPress. Now you have WordPress set-up, you might find this article on Navigating Your WordPress Dashboard useful.