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How To Install WordPress

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WordPress is the most popular as well as free blogging and CMS platform available. You can download the WordPress database on your website and enhance it using free open-source templates or paid (premium) templates. You will need basic coding and website configuration knowledge to install WordPress without help. Read further to reveal how to install WordPress on your web hosting site.

Domain/Hosting Preparation

1. Buy your domain name. This may involve a one-time purchase fee and/or a yearly fee, depending where you are buying the domain.

When you are ready to go live, you will need to push your domain name to the web hosting site using your NameServer provided at the time of domain purchase, so that they can identify the domain with your website.

2. Choose a web hosting site to host your WordPress website. The web hosting site, blogging platform/CMS (WordPress) and domain name are all parts of the website puzzle that will need to be pulled together in order to have an active, live website.

Some web hosting sites are specifically designed to easily install WordPress. If you are a beginner, you may want to consider using HostGator, Site5, WebHostingHub, BlueHost or InMotion Hosting.

3. Pay a yearly/monthly fee (yearly is recommended) to the web hosting site. You will need to pay a fee to gain access to website email, storage, customization and more. Use your credit/debit card to sign up for the package that bests fits your website’s needs.

4. Check your website to see if there are special instructions for installing WordPress. Some web hosts post their own specialized instructions, or give the option of an assisted installation, instead of a manual installation.

Keep in mind that every web hosting site is a little bit different, so manual installation will vary for each site.

5. Sign up for a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) program. Download the program onto your computer, so that you can easily transfer files from your computer and connect them to your web host.

Your web hosting program may come with an FTP client. If so, you can use this to upload your WordPress files.

Download WordPress

  1. Go to WordPress.org/download and download the latest version of WordPress.
  2. Create a WordPress folder in your Documents section, or in another area on your computer.
  3. Place the WordPress zip file in the new WordPress folder. Double-click the zip file to decompress it.

Create a Database

1. Sign into your web hosting site using the login you chose. Keep this memorized or close at hand so that you can easily sign in to access email or your website.

Check that if your web host does provide a simple WordPress upload tool, such as Fantastico, Softaculous or SimpleScripts. Use this upload tool to select the files and upload a new WordPress database, if you are a beginner or intermediate user then using this is the recommended option.

2. Navigate through your hosting site’s main functions. Look for an option that says “Database”. Click on it when you find it.

3. Look for “Add New Database”, “Add WordPress Database” or “Add MySQL Database”. Click on the option that you see.

4. Name your database. Add any other password or user details that are necessary with your web hosting program.

Memorize your database name, if you plan to have more than 1 database. If you name it using a phrase, it may insert an underscore between the names.

Configure WordPress Files

1. Go to your WordPress folder on your computer. Find the document called “wp-config-sample.php”.

2. Open the document using a text editing program. You should use a notepad program, rather than a word processing program because you do not want to add any formatting.

3. Take a look at the code on the wp-config-sample.php. You will need to change the top 3 lines of code under “My SQL Database”.

  1. Put the name of your database, as written on your web hosting database section in the first line of code. You should replace the text that says “putyournamehere”. Only replace the text, not the parenthesis.
  2. You will need basic coding skills. If you cannot do any coding, you may want to ask a web programmer or friend to help you finish the WordPress installation.
  3. Put your username, taken from your hosting site, in the second line of code. Replace the text “usernamehere”.
  4. Put your database password, taken from the hosting site, in the third line of code. Replace the text “yourpasswordhere”.
  5. Save your file as “wp-config.php”. Once you remove the word “sample” it will be used as your database’s configuration information.

Use FTP Program

1. Sign into your FTP program from your computer. If it is through your web hosting program, navigate to the FTP portion of your web hosting site.

2. Find the /public_html/ section of your FTP program. You may choose to add a subfolder dedicated to this database.

3. Return to your computer’s WordPress folder. Select all the files.

4. Drag them into the /public_html/ section of your FTP. Wait for the files to upload to your FTP.

Install WordPress

1. Type your domain name into your browser. You will type the domain, then add “/wp-admin/install.php” at the end. Click “Enter”.

2. Type the website name and your email address into the form that appears. Agree to the terms and conditions.

3. Click “Install WordPress”.

4. Log in using your automatically generated admin username and password. Click “Log in”.

5. Go to your dashboard and begin making changes on from the admin login. WordPress is installed on your site.

 So, we hope that HACKAGON have provided some healthy and hygienic knowledge about the WordPress Installation so that readers can begin their blogging or web career with proper ethics. And if you like this article then don’t forget to share it with your friends and always feel free to drop a comment below if you have any query or feedback.

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