Many small business owners need an online presence but are not in a position to pay a web developer. There are ways to get a website up and running with very little programming knowledge. One of the easiest would be WordPress. There is much confusion in the community that WordPress is supposed to be some easy solution to all your web development problems, but this is just not true. There is a learning curve to WordPress, which can be steep for some people. WordPress does make a lot of tasks simpler, but at the end of the day, in order to get it to work the way you want, you will need to study.
Today I’ll show you how to install WordPress, but there are a few things that need to be done before you can install it. For example, you will need a server to run it on and you will need a domain name to point at the site so your visitors know where to find you. But most of that can be taken care of by stopping by our cloud hosting store and setting up a new account.
1. The first thing we need to do is download the most recent copy of WordPress. You can do that here.
2. Once you have WordPress downloaded and secured on your localhost you will need to place the folder on your server in the root directory. This can be done with an ftp program like FileZilla.
3. Now that the files are in place on the server we need to create a database so WordPress will have a place to hold all of its information. Most servers will come with MySql installed. Typically you can access MySql through Cpanel, which is provided to you by most server hosting companies. After logging in to Cpanel, click MySql Databases to access the database creation screen. Enter a name for the new database and click create database. Once the database is created you will need to create a user who will have access to the database. Make sure you save the password somewhere safe. Give the user permission to access and modify the database you just created.
4. Go back to your root directory and look for a file named wp-config-sample.php. Rename this file or copy its contents to a new file named wp-config.php. Once the file is named correctly open the file so we can edit its contents. Once the file is open please enter your database details into the area that asks for the database name, username and password. This is where WordPress will look for the database information and know how to access the database.
5. After filling in all the database information to the wp-config.php file you will be ready to install WordPress and run it for the first time. Go to the URL or web address to access the WordPress website and fill in the empty boxes on the screen. Once all the input fields are filled out correctly click “Install WordPress”. On the next screen, after WordPress is installed, a link to log into your WordPress site will appear on the screen. Click the link and enter your credentials that you entered on the previous page.
At this point your WordPress site is installed and ready for you to customize. You can access the admin panel of the WordPress site by going to www.Your-URL.com/wp-admin then enter your WordPress admin login credentials. From admin panel you can customize your site then view your live site at your URL.
There are other ways to install WordPress. Some server hosts have a one click install existing in Cpanel and in some cases you may want to install WordPress from the command line. This tutorial covers the typical manual install that will work on any system!