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How to Manually Install WordPress

With recent advances in modern hosting methods, manually installing WordPress is just one of those things you really shouldn’t have to do anymore. Most competent web hosts will give you the option to one-click install the software without a hitch. However, not all web hosts will do this and there is still a certain amount of fun inherent in the process. So no matter if you’re installing WordPress for yourself, or for a design client, the procedure is quick, relatively painless and quite the gas.

  1. Get WordPress: This may seem obvious, but it really is an essential first step. Before you do anything else, load up the WordPress website and locate the latest and stablest edition of the WordPress software. Once you’ve found it, download the item and unzip the file. You’re now ready to move onto the next step!
  2. Set Up a Database: Within your web hosting providers cPanel, you’re going to want to locate and create a new database for WordPress. This database will house all of the various information you put into the new site, and will serve as the base for all your WordPress doings. Simply create a new database with MySQL user that can edit it, then move onto the next step.
  3. Upload WordPress: Now, you’re either going to want to dump WordPress into your home directory, or you’re going to want to load it into its own subfolder. The decision is really up to you, though unless we’re hosting multiple sites, we usually like to give WordPress the floor at our root level. Either way, decide where to stick it, then upload WordPress.
  4. Run the Install Script: Next, located and run the install script within a browser. This installation wizard is remarkably easy-to-use, and will help you get your new installation up to speed. Just follow the on-screen instructions, and you’ll be fine. Once that’s finished, WordPress will automatically ask you for a set of new admin-level log-in details. Enter this information, then proceed to the last step.
  5. Logging-In: Finally, enter your newly-minted log-in details and enjoy the full splendor that is WordPress! It’s really that simple, and you’ve successfully installed WordPress by hand.

Posted on April 11, 2012

Category: General

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