How to install WordPress

WordPress is a great tool for creating a blog or a website. WordPress is used by millions of users worldwide. The good thing is that you can install the software in few clicks. This article is about providing step by step guide for installing a WordPress blog.

Download the software

The first thing you need to do is to download the latest version of the WordPress software from WordPress.org.

Unzip the software and upload the files to your installation folder

Use tools like FileZilla / WinSCP to upload the files to your webserver folder

Create your WordPress database

Use your hosting control panel for creating a MySQL database

Database User

Once you create a database, you will have to create a user that can add, access and edit all of the stored posts, comments, metadata and other information.

Modify the Configuration File

Copy your wp-config-sample.php file as wp-config.php in the same folder on the webserver. Change its permissions so that the web server could write to this file.

During the installation, if there are any failures in writing to wp-config.php file, you need to connect the database and application by editing the wp-config.php file. Here you will have to manually enter the database user name and password

Installation

With all the above changes, you are good to install WordPress on your Web Server. To initiate, open your browser and type http://yourname.com/wp-admin/install.php. Replace yourname.com with your domain name.

Here you are required to enter the required information to complete the WordPress installation. Upon the submission, you have your brand new website ready for publishing

After the Installation

Vanilla WordPress installation gives a basic functionality for publishing and blogging requirements. However, to have an enhanced website and a look and feel of your like, you need to perform some for additional tasks.

Installing Themes

WordPress themes allows you to change the look and feel of the site. There are a number of free WordPress themes as well as Premium WordPress themes. You can find a number of free WordPress themes at WordPress Themes Directory

You can install the themes from your Website dashboard, http://yourname.com/wp-admin/themes.php

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Installing Plugins

Plugins extends the functionality of WordPress to suite your requirements. There are a number of “must have” WordPress plugins for any WordPress installation. Similar to the WordPress themes, you will find both Free and Premium WordPress plugins. WordPress Plugins Directory lists a number of free plugins

You can install the plugins from your Website dashboard, http://yourname.com/wp-admin/plugins.php

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You should choose the plugins of your like so that you get the required functionalities for the site.

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