WordPress – Installation

Step-by-step Manual WordPress Installation Guide (Local Machine)

System Requirements for WordPress

WordPress is well-known for its ease of installation. To run WordPress we recommend your host supports:

  • PHP version 5.6 or greater
  • MySQL version 5.6 or greater OR
  • MariaDB version 10.0 or greater.

Web Servers

  • WAMP (Windows)
  • LAMP (Linux)
  • XAMP (Multi-platform)
  • MAMP (Macintosh)

Download WordPress

To start the installation process, first you need to download WordPress from wordpress.org. Always download and install the latest stable version of WordPress.
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Click on the download button to download latest version of WordPress. Unzipping the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.

Upload WordPress to Hosting Account

There are three available options for uploading WordPress to a hosting account.
Upload via FTP
Upload via File Manager
Upload via SSH

Create MySQL Database and User

WordPress stores its information in a database. Therefore, a database will need to be created.
Log into cPanel.
In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
  3. For Step 1: Create A Database, enter the database name and click Next Step.
  4. For Step 2: Create Database Users, enter the database user name and password and click Create User.
  5. For Step 3: Add User to the Database, click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.
  6. For Step 4: Complete the task, make note of the database name, username and password, as you will need them for Step 4 below.

Configure wp-config.php

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. In the Files section, click the File Manager icon.
  3. In the pop-up box, select Web Root and check the box  for Show Hidden Files (dotfiles), then click Go.
  4. From the left navigation menu in File Manager, click public_html to expand the folder.
  5. Click the folder containing the WordPress installation.
  6. On the right side of the File Manager screen, locate the wp-config-sample.php file.
  7. Right click on the file, select Rename and change the name of the file to wp-config.php. Click the Rename File button.
  8. Right-click on the wp-config.php file and select Code Edit. When the file opens, look for the following information.
    define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’);
    /** MySQL database username */
    define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’);
    /** MySQL database password */
    define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’);

    1. Replace database_name_here with the name of the database you created (above in Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User ).
    2. Replace username_here with the username of the database you created.
    3. Replace password_here with the password of the database that you created.
  9. When done editing, click the Save Changes button, then close the file.

Run the Installation

Open a new browser window and go to the installation page to run the installation script. Depending on where you installed the script, you will find it at either of the following URL:

Be sure to replace yourdomain.com in the example above with your actual domain name.
You should now see a welcome page that says “Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process!”