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How to install WordPress on a web hosting server

This blog post is going to tell you how to install WordPress on a web hosting server. So have you decided to take the plunge and publish your blog under your own, independent domain name? Before beginning to install WordPress you need to make sure of the following:

  1. You have registered a domain name, or already have a domain name where you are going to install WordPress.
  2. In case you plan to install it in the root directory you don’t need to do this, but if you want to install WordPress in a separate folder you need to create it. In case you don’t know how to create a new folder, you can either use the admin panel provided by your web hosting company, or you can log into your FTP account using an FTP client (FileZilla, for instance). After logging in, you’ll probably see a folder named “public_html” and you’ll need to do everything in this folder.
  3. Through your web hosting admin panel you’ll need to create a new MySQL database. You can easily find a MySQL Databases icon from where you can create a new database. If you’re doing it for the first time, you will need to create a user name too, with a password, and then assign that user to the newly created database. This will make sure that an unauthorized person is not able to meddle with your database.
  4. After this, go to WordPress.org and download the zipped version. Save it somewhere, and unzip all the files.
  5. Fire up your FTP client again, log into your FTP server, and upload all the files. Take care that when you unzip the WordPress files they are saved in a “wordpress” folder. Wherever you want to install WordPress, make sure that you upload the actual files (wp-admin, etc.) and not the complete folder because then you’ll have a blog under “…/path/wordpress” and not the path you had intended.wordress-filesAll the files couldn’t be captured in the image, but you have to upload all the files from this folder.
  6. After all the files are uploaded, start your browser and in the URL bar (location bar) type the path to your blog (or just your URL if you are installing in the root folder), for instance, http://yourdomain.com/ and press Enter.
  7. Since WordPress requires a configuration file, it’ll ask it to be created, just click in the “Create a Configuration file”. It’ll merely ask for the database name, the user and the password. The database name, user name and password will be the info you created in step 3 above. Database host in more than 90% cases is localhost, but you can easily find it in your web hosting admin panel.wordpress-config-form
  8. Don’t bother with the Table Prefix box because you change it only when you plan to run multiple blogs using the same database (not advised).
  9. Nothing much now. It asks for the title of the blog and your email address, and after that, installs WordPress and gives you a user name and password (randomly generated).
  10. Log in and first of all change the password because you may forget the randomly generated password.

That’s it! You’re ready to rock the online publishing world.