Installing WordPress

How to install WordPress using the web interface [step-by-step]

In this Set WordPress how-to article, I am going to cover the step-by-step process to successfully install WordPress using the web interface. You are going to learn how to create the database that will store all the WordPress data and other configuration, and I am going to go through the famous 5 minutes WordPress installation process.

Most web hosting services have the one-click installer, this means you log in, click once and you are good to go with your site, but there are going to be times where this is not an option or there are going to be other times where you’ll want to create a test site to practice and learn. This is when the tutorial is going to help you. Keep reading to learn more.

There are three big steps that you need to accomplish in order to have a workable WordPress site: You will first need to create a database to store all the WordPress data and other configurations, second you need to upload the WordPress installation files, and third you will complete the process by running the installer — don’t worry if this looks like too much to handle, I will guide you through the most common ways to accomplish all of these tasks.

Step 1: Create and set up a database for WordPress

If when you signed up with a web hosting service, they might already have created a database for you to use, just collect the information needed: database name, user name, password, and database host name, and skip to Step 2 — often this information will be sent to you in the welcome email. Alternatively, you can follow these instructions to create a new database:

It is likely that your web host will be using PHPMyAdmin — this is one of the most common MySQL web interface used by web hosting companies –.

Follow these steps to create a database:

1. Once logged in to PHPMyAdmin, under MySQL localhost, in the Create new database field, type a name (e.g. setwordpress) and click Create.

PHPMyAdmin - Create WordPress database

2. Now you need to create a new database user, and be sure to grant all permissions to the new user. Click on the Privileges tab and click on Add a new User link.

PHPMyAdmin - Privileges tab

3.  In the Add a new User section, fill out the Login Information — remember to enter a strong password, you can also use the password generator to generate a good random password –. Click the Check All link to assign all permissions to the new user and then click Go. Great you just created a user database!

PHPMyAdmin - Add a new user

Step 2: Download and upload WordPress installation files

Make sure that you have all the database and user information in paper.

Before we start with the installation, head over the WordPress.org/download site and download the latest WordPress build package, un-compress the zip file, and upload the files to your web host space — most of the time you will upload the files to your root folder, if you want to load WordPress from yoursite.com –, and to do this you’ll need to use a FTP client software such as, FileZilla.

WordPress Installation Files

Step 3: WordPress 5 minutes install — step-by-step

1. Go to yoursite.com and you will be presented with the install page. If you hit the error: There doesn’t seem to be a wp-config.php file, simply click on Create a Configuration File and continue.

WordPress installation error - Create a configuration file

2. Make sure that you read the next step, gather all the information listed, and click Let’s go!

WordPress install check list

3. Fill out the fields with the information required (Database name, User name, Password, Table Prefix, etc). Check the information supplied by your web hosting company to complete this task — this last is really important. Then click Submit.

WordPress database configuration

4. Now, click Run the install.

WordPress - Run the install

4. Here again, fill out all the information needed. Remember to choose a new strong password, then when you are done, click Install WordPress.

WordPress install site information

5. If you followed all the step you’ll now be in the Success! page, which means just that you have installed WordPress correctly.

WordPress install success

Now just click Log In to start.

WordPress log in screen

It is done, you now have a website that anyone in world can visit or if you created the site to practice, then happy learning.

To recap, in this Set WordPress tutorial you learned how to create a database with its user account, you now know where to get the WordPress installation package, where to upload those files; I went through the installation process of WordPress and connecting to the database. Finally and most important you learned that installing WordPress is something simple.

Please leave comments and don’t be shy to ask questions.

 

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