How to install WordPress

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WordPress is the most powerful Content Management System. It is also a great blogging platform of all time. Almost 30% of blogs are still using WordPress.

If you want to use it on your own hosting website, you have to install WordPress software on your website. Installing WordPress is a very simple task. But it has many ways. Let’s find out some easy and smooth ways of installing WordPress.

Things to know

WordPress is completely free to use. But first, you have to choose the variation of WordPress which you want to use.

To use wordpress.com free blogging platform you do not need to install WordPress, you just have to sign up for WordPress account and get a platform to run your blog instantly. It is a platform under WordPress sub-domain and hosting. It’s very simple to do.

To use WordPress software personally you have to download WP software from wordpress.org and install it in your hosting. It is called self-hosted WordPress. That means you will have your own copy of WordPress CMS software for free.

WordPress Hosting (Pre-installed)

WordPress Hosting is a service provided by almost every web hosting provider. It’s a specialized hosting service where you’ll find WordPress installed. This kind of hosting is very powerful to host a WP website.

There are many hosting providers on the globe offering WordPress hosting.

These three hosting providers are leading companies for WordPress hosting. You can choose one of these.

Install WordPress in your computer

It is important for a beginner to learn more about WordPress by practicing. On the other hand as a beginner, you would not able to maintain and purchase domain and hosting.

So if you can make your personal computer as hosting, it will be easy for you to set up a WP software and practice with it.

To install WordPress on your computer, you need software that uses your PC’s disk space as localhost.

By using one of that software you can switch your computer as a local server. There you can install WordPress smoothly. This way you can use WordPress on your personal computer.

You just have to download the WordPress software and then follow the instructions given in the video below.

Video by Quentin Watt Tutorials

Install WordPress by Softaculous

The easiest way to install WordPress in your site is from Softaculous. It is a software library where you can enter your cpanel. You can get a WordPress to install here.

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Install WordPress from cpanel

Firstly you need to login to your hosting cpanel. There you can search for Softacolous. Then select WordPress.

After clicking on WP you see a WordPress installation page like below.

Then click on the install now button.

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WP installation

After clicking on the button called Install Now, you find an installation option of WordPress. Then you should follow the instructions given there.

Choose the version you want to install

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Choose a version

You have to choose a version of WP software which you want to install on your website.

I prefer the latest one. Cause if you use the latest version of WordPress you will have all the facilities and services that WP authority includes recently.

Using an updated version of WordPress will make your site performance good with a lot of functionalities.

Choose Protocol

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Choose network protocol

You have to choose a network protocol for your website. Network protocol manages the data communication between devices.

If you have an SSL certificate you can use HTTPS protocol which is a sign of the security of your site. If you don’t have an SSL certificate, then you have to use the HTTP protocol.

I prefer you to get an SSL certificate. Cause it is a very important part of SEO and many more things.

Choose Domain

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Choose your website’s Domain name

This part of the WordPress installation option you have to choose your website domain name. You can integrate many domains with your hosting.

This option will show you how many domains you have. Choose one from them where you want to install WordPress.

In Directory

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Directory

In this part, you have to put the name of the directory you want to add on your website. Don’t care about it. Just leave it empty.

But if you need it you can include it. Suppose your site name domain is (abcd.com) and you can make it as (abcd.com/**), that means anything you put into the box, it will be added with your domain name.

Complete installation

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Basic settings of your website

In settings, you have to set your site name and description. Then set your admin account with a login username and password. You’ve almost done the task.

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Click on Install

Click install after setting all of the basic options. Then you will see the progress of installing WordPress.

When the progress bar completes the percentage and you see a reporting dashboard like below, you have successfully installed WordPress on your website.

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Install complete

In the report dashboard, you can see your website URL and your admin login URL. It is a very simple way to install WP software on your website.

Install WordPress manually

Install WordPress in your hosting manually is a kind of intermediate level task for an intermediate user. But I think it is not that much hard. Just follow the steps given below and do it yourself easily.

Step – 1: Upload WordPress

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Upload WordPress in the file manager

Download WordPress software from the WordPress directory. Then log in to your hosting cpanel, go to file manager and upload the zip file of WordPress.

Extract the file, cause you can not configure without extracting the

Step – 2: Create a database and user

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Search for MySQL

To install WordPress in your website manually first you have to log in to your control panel. Then you have to create a database and a database user.

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Create a database

Create a new database. You can name your database as you want.

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Add a user with database

After creating a new database you have to create a user and add that user to the database.

Step – 3: Edit wp-config.php

Choose wp-config file
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Choose wp-config file

After extracting all files from the WordPress zipped file, you will see a file named wp-config-sample.php and you have to rename it as wp-config.php, then edit it.

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Edit DB configuration

Step – 4: Continue easy installation

Now it’s so much easy to continue. You have to run the installation process provided by WordPress.

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Run installation

Search by your domain name where you install WordPress then you will find out a setup wizard like above. Continue the process and finish the installation process.

Install a premium theme to improve your site performance with WordPress.

Final words

I have shown popular ways to install WordPress on your website. You can use any way from those. Please let me know if you have any questions. Keep connected to explore more guidelines.

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About Syed Nahid Nur

Syed Nahid Nur is a passionate knowledge digger. He is a writer, web technologist, and digital marketing strategist. Here he shares his research results about WordPress and web technology.

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