Have you heard about the famous 5-minute install of WordPress? You may be wondering if it’s really that fast and easy? Good news, it is! In this blog post, I will walk you through exactly how to install WordPress and get your site up and running… in just 5 minutes.
What You Need to Install WordPress
- Download wordpress.org
- Download FileZilla FTP Client
- cPanel (or similar) Login Credentials (provided by your host)
How to Install WordPress
First things, first! Navigate to wordpress.org and download the latest version of WordPress. Once you have downloaded the file to your computer, double click the .zip file to access its contents.
Next, you will need to upload the WordPress files to your website. In order to upload the files, you will need a FTP client. I recommend using FileZilla, it’s completely free to download and use. Download the latest version of FileZilla, or whatever FTP client you choose, to your computer.
For the next step, you will need the cPanel login credentials provided by your hosting service. Open FileZilla, and at the top of the window you will see boxes for Host, Username, Password, and Port. Here’s what you should enter into each box:
- Host: name of website (i.e. pixandhue.com)
- Username: cPanel username
- Password: cPanel password
- Port: Leave blank
Click “Quickconnect” and if you are successful, you will see the folders of your website appear on the right side of the screen. If you have trouble connecting, double check your username and password are correct.
The next steps may vary by host, but for most people – on the right side of the screen, you should navigate to the public_html folder by double clicking on it. On the left side of the screen, navigate to the location of your computer where you have saved the downloaded (unzipped) copy of WordPress. Double click on the WordPress folder. As shown in the image below, you should see a listing of WordPress files and folders on the left side of your screen.
On the left side of the screen, select all of the WordPress files and folders. Right click and press “Upload.” At this point, you are have begun to install WordPress on your site! While this is happening, move on to the next step – setting up the WordPress database.
How to set up the WordPress Database
What is the WordPress database? The database stores all of the data of your WordPress site, including posts, pages, and images. You need to set up the database before you can install WordPress on your website. If your hosting service uses cPanel, follow the steps below to set up your WordPress database.
- Navigate to cPanel and Login with your cPanel username and password.
- Find the icon called “MySQL Databases” and click on it.
- At the very top of the screen, under “Create New Database” – enter a name and click “Create Database.”
- Scroll down to “Add New User.” Enter a username and password, and click “Create User.”
- Make sure you remember/save the username and password as you will need these in the next step – How to Set up WordPress On My Website.
- Scroll down to “Add User to Database.” Select your newly created user and newly created database from each list and click “Add.”
- On the next screen, check “All Privileges” and click “Make Changes.”
Once you have finished setting up the database, you are now ready to move on to the final step – time to set up and install WordPress on your website.
How to Set Up WordPress On My Website
Return to your FTP Client and double check if it has finished uploading WordPress to your website. If so, visit your website. You should see the install WordPress page with the language menu like the one pictured below. Select your language and press “Continue.”
Read the instructions provided on the next screen and click “Let’s go!” It’s now time to connect the database you created in the previous step to your WordPress website. For the first 3 boxes, enter the database name, username, and user password you created in the previous step. Make sure you include the full database name and full username, and double check to make sure your password is correct!
For many, you do not need to change the “Database Host” or “Table Prefix.” If you run into any trouble during set up, follow up with your hosting service to confirm the correct entry for “Database Host.” Once you have entered the database name, username and password, click “Submit.”
If you have successfully entered the database information, you should see a new screen that begins “All right, sparky!” Click “Run the install.”
After the installation has finished, you will enter the title and login information for your WordPress website. The username and password created here will be used to access your WordPress site in the future. Make sure you remember/save this username and password.
Click “Install WordPress.” If you have entered all of the information correctly, you should see a new screen titled “Success!” and that’s it!
Congratulations, you have managed to install WordPress!! If this was your first time working with WordPress, it may have taken you more than 5 minutes, but hopefully it was easier than you imagined. Click “Login” and using the username and password you created in this final step, go ahead and login to view the WordPress Dashboard. Within the WordPress Dashboard, you can write your first post and begin setting up your site!