Good news – contrary to popular belief, setting up your very own WordPress website is much easier than some make it out to be. In fact, I bet after reading these instructions, you’ll be able to install WordPress in about 5 minutes. Let’s jump in.
Step 1: Buy a domain name & web hosting
Okay, so this part it slightly outside of the WordPress install, but it’s necessary to have (and relatively inexpensive). Buy a domain and link its name servers with your web hosting plan. Once everything is connected, check to make sure your domain is routing correctly and you should be good to go.
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Step 2: Download WordPress & Upload your files
Now that you have a domain name and web hosting for your WordPress site, it’s time to download the files that make WordPress run. To make it easy, here’s a link to the WordPress download page.
Once WordPress is finished downloading, open your favorite FTP client (if you don’t have one, I recommend FileZilla, it’s free, and you can download it, here) and connect to your hosting server. If you’re hosting your site through us, the host would be, “ftp.YOURDOMAINNAMEGOESHERE.com, and the username and password would be located in an email titled, “New Account Information.” Once your information is entered, simply hit, “Quickconnect” (or connect if it’s a different FTP application), and you should log right into the server.
One small note, you may get an SSL message, in most cases, just hit okay and you will be connected.
Now that you’re logged in find the “public_html” file folder and open it. Now drag and drop the contents of your downloaded WordPress files into the public_html folder and you have officially started installing WordPress!
While your WordPress files transfer, take a second to set up a database for your site. To do this through cPanel, log into your web hosting backend (if you’re hosted through us, the login URL and username and password are in the email titled, “New Account Information.”) and click on, “MySQL Databases.” Once you’re logged in, type in a database name and hit, “Create Database.” Now, scroll down and create a username and a secure password. Once that account is created, add the new user to the database you have just created and given full control to the database. It’s important to hold on to the database name, username, and password as we will have to input that in the next step.
Step 3: The Final Install!
Congratulations! The hard part is officially over. Now, simply go to your web address, enter your database name, username, password, and hit, “Submit” Now follow the prompts, and you have a fully functional WordPress site!
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