We all know WordPress is the most widespread content management system. It powers over 34% of all sites on the internet. Since WordPress is so easy to install and use that is the major reason why this figure is increasing day by day. And a plethora of free and paid plugins gives you the chance to enhance your website with the use of any suitable plugin you like.
Installing WordPress really doesn’t require any efforts. Moreover, nowadays a lot of automatic WordPress install scripts i.e. Softaculous, Fantastico and SimpleScripts are also available. All top web hosting providers use one of these scripts to give their customers one-click ability. But as per the topic of this article, I’ll show you how to install WordPress manually. And after reading this post, you will be sure of it. This step-by-step guide will help you install WordPress flawlessly. So let’s get started!
Here are 6 simple steps to install WordPress
Step 1: Create the Database
Before we begin, it is suggested that you should first create the database. A WordPress website needs a database to store the data on. Simply go to the “phpmyadmin” from your xampp or hosting panel and click on the ‘New’ and name your database and then click on the ‘Create’ button to finish the process. Now we will move on to the WordPress installation process.
Step 2: Download WordPress
Obviously, the basic step to start from is to download WordPress. In order to download WordPress, visit the official site i.e. www.wordpress.org and download it from there like shown below.
Step 3: Begin the Process to Install WordPress
After downloading the WordPress, copy the entire folder and paste in the directory of your hosting server where you want it. In most cases it is the “public_html” directory, however, in some cases, you may like it in a subfolder or a subdomain. Simply find and copy/paste the downloaded setup in the desired directory. In case you want it on on your local PC using XAMPP, paste it in “htdocs” in your root directory. Now copy the complete path and paste in the browser and hit enter. You will see a screen where you need to click on the ‘Let’s Go’ button to move further.
Step 4: Fill in the Required Information
Fill in the information here on this page like the Database Name (the database that we’ve created earlier), Username, Database Host and then click on the ‘Submit’ button to continue. In most cases the host is localhost. You can also change the database tables prefix, by default it is ‘wp_’, it was an idea among WordPress community that changing the table prefix will improve security but it is not true.
Step 5: Run the Installation
The next page you will be able to see run the installation if only everything goes well. And if it does just click on it.
Step 6: Final Step to Install WordPress
As you can see the welcome page now you need to give your WordPress site a Title, Username, Password, Email address to create your admin account. And after filling up the information hit the ‘Install WordPress’ button at the bottom.
Congratulations! You have successfully installed WordPress on your computer. 100% manually.
Log into your site now. Simply enter the correct credentials and log in.
As soon as you enter the right credentials you will be launched to your WordPress site’s dashboard with the default Twenty Nineteen theme. Here you can see various options to customize your site as per your business requirements. At the left top corner, you would see a home icon. When you will click on that home icon it will show an option to visit your site. So you can click on that to visit your site with a dummy content.
And finally, this is how your WordPress website will look like. But you can modify or customize it according to your needs. The front end of a WordPress website is controlled by its theme and you can create a WordPress theme offline and online both ways to suit your business. If you like the design of some another WordPress website you can easily check What WordPress Theme is That.
Wrapping It Up
As you can see it is not rocket science. In fact, it is pretty easy to get it done. You can use various themes and plugins to amplify your website’s functionality. Also, be sure of your WordPress web hosting because it will play an important role in your site’s success in the long run. You can easily build your website pages using WordPress page builders. Now there are a lot of additional fine-tuning things you can do further to improve your WordPress website performance, SEO, Security and much more using free WordPress plugins. And which plugins you would like to use with your WordPress website will depend on your specifications. So, choose wisely.