Every blogging or web based undertaking needs to have a content management system where they can put all their content together (in an organized manner) and work with their selected web hosting provider. One of the widely favored and free blogging tool used is WordPress. If you want to host WordPress site and want know how to setup WordPress, continue reading.
More than 60 million have utilized WordPress and surely, a lot of new users will do likewise. If you are one of them and is trying to install WordPress on a web server, this article will walk you through the installation process with easy-to-remember instructions on how to setup WordPress.
How to setup wordpress? Follow the 6 D’s:
Download & Unzip
Numerous web hosting providers have a single click auto-installation system for WordPress. But, if you are using a different web server, you want to type in the browser: http://wordpress.org/download/.
This will direct you to their downloading page. Then, click on the “Download WordPress” button and the installation files will be saved to your computer. Then, unzip the installation package.
Database Creation Using MySQL
A lot of hosting service providers have a database set-up ready to use. The control panel will give you a hint whether or not to create one. But if you’re installing from a web server, you can create database and add user using MySQL. Here’s what you will need to do:
- Log in to cPanel.
- Under the Database section, click on MySQL Database Wizard icon.
- Type in your desired database name into the New Database field, and click on Next Step.
- Once the database has been successfully created, you can add user by typing in your desired username and password on the management page. Then, click Next Page to save.
- The Manage User Privileges page will follow. Check on all the privileges box and hit the Make Changes button to save.
Data (WordPress Files) Transfer To Web Server
One way of directing files to your web server is through FTP or File Transfer Protocol. In order to transfer files using FTP:
- Download to your computer a free FTP client software called FileZilla.
- Once FileZilla is activated, type in domain name or server’s IP address in the address field.
- Under the username and password field, type in the same log in credentials used in your cpanel account.
- Click on Quickconnect and locate the directory named “www”.
- Drag and drop the files of choice on the “www” folder. Wait for the transfer to complete.
Dry Run WordPress Script
Use a web browser to run the installation script. You can either type in http:yourdomain.com/ wp-admin/install.php or http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php, depending on which directory the installation files were saved.
In case where WordPress can’t locate the wp-cofig.php file, you will need to set up a configuration file. This can be done by typing wp-admin/setup-config.php on the browser. Enter your database info when asked and write them in a new wp-cofig.php file. If this doesn’t work, go back to step 4. In every successful configuration, the installation process will move forward.
As the installation progresses, you will enter database information such as your title, username, password, and email address. Under the Administration Panels, you have the control to whether or not your website be visible or invisible to search engines. Then, you’re done!
When Encountering Problems
It is inevitable to experience problems while installing WordPress. You might have done something wrong or missed out on the installation steps. In every problem, WordPress has it figured out for you. Read through their FAQ for installation and troubleshooting guides.