You can easily install WordPress in a matter of minutes using the above two methods. They are arguably the easiest ways to install WordPress.
While the manual method involves a few more steps, it’s not that complicated, as you’ll see in this section.
Step 1: Download WordPress
To begin, download the latest version of WordPress from the WordPress.org site.
Extract the file once you’ve downloaded the file.
Step 2: Upload WordPress to Your Hosting Account
In this step, you’ll need to upload the files to the public_html directory of your website. For which, you will require an FTP client such as Filezilla.
You will need the FTP credentials to log into your hosting account. These can be obtained from your hosting control panel.
Launch your FTP client and connect to your web server using the FTP credentials from your web hosting provider.
Most FTP clients use a similar, two-column split view.
On the left-hand side, you can access the files on your local computer. And on the right-hand, you can access the destination folder on the remote web server, where you’d like to upload the files to.
Upload the files to the web server by dragging the files you just extracted from the left-hand side to the right-hand side.
Once the files are uploaded, log into your hosting control panel.
Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User
The next step in our installation process is to create a database. WordPress stores all your website content in a database. When a visitor requests a page, WordPress pulls content from the database and creates a page dynamically.
So, we need to set up our database.
To create a MySQL database, log into your control panel and look out for ‘Database’ or ‘phpMyAdmin.’
While the location of Database and phpMyAdmin may vary based on your hosting service provider, it’s more or less the same across all of them.
Click on Create Database to create one.
You can also access the phpMyAdmin dashboard and create a new database.
To begin, enter a unique name for your database.
Under language and encoding, select the ‘utf8_’ series. Select ‘utf8mb4_general_ci’ if you don’t find your language.
Once you are done, click on Create.
Next, you’ll need to create a user and set permissions to access and modify your database.
Click on Add New User.
It’s recommended to enter a strong username and password, and most importantly, save your credentials safely. You’ll need these credentials to access your database shortly.
Once you’ve completed all the steps, click on Go.
Great! The database is set up. Now to tell WordPress to connect to our database.
Step 4: Configure wp-config.php
The database details are specified in the wp-config.php file.
Since this is a fresh installation, you’ll notice a file named ‘wp-config-sample.php’ in the remote web server.
Rename this file to ‘wp-config.php’ and then double click on the file to edit it.
Now, identify the part in the file where you’ll have to include the details of the database you just created.
DB_NAME: Enter the database name you just created.
DB_USER: Enter the username you created.
DB_PASSWORD: The password you created.
DB_HOST: This is usually localhost or an IP address.
DB_CHARSET: This is the language and encoding you selected, which is utf8.
Save and close the file when you are done.
Step 5: Run the Installation
You are now left with the final step. To run the WordPress installation.
For this, enter your website’s URL in the browser. You will be prompted with a WordPress welcome screen.
Fill in the welcome page’s details, such as the site title, create a username and password, and your email address. All these details can also be changed later on from your WordPress dashboard.
Once you’re done, click on Install WordPress.
If all have gone well, you’ll be directed to the wp-admin page, i.e., the login page.
And that’s how you manually install WordPress using FTP!
Undoubtedly, installing WordPress using FTP involves a lot more configurations and setup. That’s why we recommend the first two options, the pre-installed WordPress hosting or using the auto-installer.
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