#WordPressWednesday: Back to Basics – Installing WordPress

Hey there everyone! I’m so glad to be back doing #WordPressWednesday again! And also glad that I finally got everything setup in blog form to make things a lot easier for everyone!

So now that we are in blog form and I can get more detailed, I’m going to start getting into the more advanced side of WordPress. This includes using some coding (don’t worry, a cheat sheet is coming soon!). It may look intimidating at first, but I’ll do my best to break everything down.

But this week, I’m going back to basics for a minute and go over installing WordPress. Currently there are two ways to perform a WordPress install: One-click install and Manual Install. I’ll go over the pros and cons as I’m explaining the install process for both.

One-Click Install

Most hosting sites now have a one-click install feature where you just input some basic information and the install takes care of the rest. This option is by far the quickest and easiest option to do. It will always install the latest version and if you are not worried about any incompatibilities with any themes or plugins you will be using, this is the way to go.

Manual Install

Now if you prefer to use an older version of WordPress, are having some compatibility issues with an old theme or plugin, or if you are wanting to do some testing, then manual installing is the way to go. There is a bit of a process, and if you end up making a mess you can mess up your WordPress install. But I’ll walk you through the steps to make sure your install is successful!

1) Create a folder where you new WordPress Site will be

You can FTP into your Web folder or go to your cpanel and create a new folder. Afterwards, make sure you go to your domain section in your cpanel and link your domain to the new folder created.

2) Download WordPress

If you don’t have it already go to WordPress.org and download the version of WordPress you want to use (Note: for security reasons, i don’t recommend you going too far back on WordPress versions). Download the file and make sure you unzip it.

3) Upload WordPress

Go into the unzip WordPress folder. Highlight everything in that folder and upload it to the folder you created in step 1 (I recommend doing this via FTP as the folder is quite large). This will take a minute to complete so while this is uploading let’s move one to step 4.

4) Create Database

In order for WordPress to work you will need to create the database. Go into your cpanel and in the MySQL section you should see an option to create a new database. As I went over in securing your WordPress site a while ago, one of the most common reasons WordPress sites get hacked is because the most common login is used (admin/password). I highly recommend you using a complicated username and password for your database. If you need any help with the password, feel free to use a password generator.

5) Configure WordPress

Now that you have uploaded WordPress to your web server and configure your database, you are able to setup your WordPress! Open a new tab and type in your domain address. If you setup everything correctly, it should come up with the WordPress setup screen. Follow the prompts and enter the database information when prompted. Then click install and setup your login info (again, make sure your login is secured!). If everything is successfully you will be taken to the WordPress Admin menu. Success! Your install is complete! ^_^

And that’s all for this week’s #WordPressWednesday! Next week I will go over what Multisites are and how to setup and configure one. See you next week!

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