How to Install WordPress 3.0
In this guide I’m going to show you how to install WordPress by yourself, there are many guides on the Internet on how to do this, however many of them assume you already have a certain level of knowledge of FTP, MySQL and PHP. On the WordPress installation guide they say it only takes 5 mins, and this is true if you have everything in place already,in my experience it can end up taking more like 4 hours if you don’t know what your doing, in truth it will probably take you more like 10–20 minutes for the average user. I’m going to try and take you through the installation process step-by-step and hopefully make this as painless as possible.
If at any point you get stuck in this process please leave a comment and let me know. I will do what I can to help.
What you will need
- a domain name
- a web hosting account, with PHP version 5 and MySQL.
- FTP access
- Download the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org (current version at time of writing 3.1.3). this will download the WordPress zip file package.
- Unzip the file into a folder on your desktop (you can delete this afterwards once we have installed, also if you don’t have a zip program I recommend 7-zip)
- Open your favourite FTP program, I recommend Filezilla or WinSCP, they are both free to use.
- Connect to your web server with your FTP details provided by your web host. This will include the host, the username and a password. Usually the port does not need to be changed.
- Upload the files to the root of the website, the folder is usually called htdocs.
- Contained within your root folder you should now have 3 folders, WP-admin, WP-content, WP-includes, and 25 other files.
- Visit your domain, note that you are asked to create a configuration file
- Open up your hosting control panel and go to the MySQL database Wizard ( some hosting providers are different so you could ask them to create a database for you if you’re not sure how to)
- Create a new database with a username and password, if you have a wizard with your control panel should take you through the steps to do this. Keep a note of your database name, hostname, username, and password.
- Go back to the WordPress configuration page and enter in your database information.
- If all is well click next and you should be asked to setup your administrator username and password.
- Congratulations you have installed WordPress!
Here’s a little video tutorial I found from ElliottMediaGroup which may help some of you with a similar setup.