The manual installation and configuration process for WordPress is quite simple and requires only a few minutes for completion. From this article, we intend to provide a comprehensive step by step guideline for beginners and experts alike, on how to get your WordPress site up and running in no time. In this post, I will show steps to install WordPress in hosted environment.
Install WordPress in Hosted Environment
Major steps for manual installation of WordPress
- Download the latest version of WordPress
- Upload the files to your web server
- Create a MYSQL database and a user for the website
- Configure WordPress for the database created
- Run the installation to setup your website
Step 1. Download the latest version of WordPress
The WordPress package should be downloaded to your computer as the initial step of the process. It is recommended to download the latest version of WordPress available in the official WordPress website to ensure the availability of latest features for your site.
Click on the Download WordPress button which will direct you to download the latest stable version of WordPress. Once the package is downloaded, make sure to extract the files to a new folder.
Step 2. Upload the files to your web server
As the second step, the files of the downloaded package should be uploaded to your hosting account. This can be done via FTP client software like FileZilla or with the use of cPanel.
To access WordPress from the main domain of your website, the extracted files should be uploaded to the public_html folder. But if you only require WordPress to be added to a part of your website, the file upload can be done to a subfolder as preferred. (Ex: public_html/store)
Step 3. Create a MYSQL database and a user for the website
After the files are uploaded to your server, the next step is to create a database and a user for your website. For this you can use any MYSQL client application of preference.
Once the necessary fields are filled and the database is created, the WordPress website should be configured for the database. And this requires the database name, username and the password of the database you just created.
Step 4. Configure WordPress for the database created
Configuration of your website for the created database is a part of the installation process. And to initiate the installation, you should first navigate to your website using a web browser. If you have uploaded the WordPress files to the public_html folder, the configuration process will start as soon as your website is loaded on the browser.
First, WordPress will ask you to select the preferred language that will be used for the installation as well as the WordPress backend.
When the language selection is completed, click the ‘Continue’ button and the following message will be displayed letting you know the items that need to be entered for the database configuration in the next step of the process.
If you have all the details required, click on the ‘Let’s go’ button.
When this form is displayed, enter the accurate database connection details of the database you created for the website and click the ‘Submit’ button.
Step 5. Run the installation to setup your website
Once the accuracy of the data you entered is verified by WordPress, you will be directed to another screen which asks you to run the installation when ready. Click ‘Run the Install’ button to continue with the installation process.
The next screen will request you to enter the general details required for your website such as the site title, username, password and your email.
After the form is filled out and the ‘Install WordPress’ button is clicked, believe it or not, you have reached the end of the installation process. Now you can simply click the ‘Login’ button and log in to your site’s backend and start working right away!
In this way you can install WordPress in hosted environment. After installing WordPress, the very first thing you should do is install a SEO plugin called Yoast SEO. Then you can start writing SEO friendly posts to get more visitors to your site.