How to Install WordPress Manually in 5 Minutes?

There are different ways to install a WordPress website on your web server. In this guide, we will introduce the classic WordPress 5-minute install. You will not need any third party WordPress auto installer. You can download the official WordPress installer from WP official website, upload and install it on the web server with your web host. All the steps can be done manually by yourself, alone. The manual installation of WordPress takes about 5 minutes and will give you more freedom in the website management in the long run. Many WordPress hosting services also offer WordPress auto installers, see this step-by-step guide to set up WordPress site automatically.

Things You Need before WordPress Manual Intallation

  • Download the latest release of WordPress.

  • Access to your web server (via FTP or online file manager)

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How to Install WordPress Manually in 5 Minutes?

  1. Upload WordPress installer to your hosting account.

  2. Download the WordPress package from official website to your local computer if you haven’t already. Then log on your web hosting control panel offerred by your web host. Many good WordPress hosting service providers provide cPanel to their customers. You can also upload WordPress to your server through a FTP client, such as FileZilla. To connect your web server via FTP, you need a server IP, FTP username and FTP password.

  3. Create MySQL Database and User

  4. For cPanel hosting, you can create MySQL database and user for WordPress in cPanel following steps below.

    1. In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
    2. For Step 1: Create A Database, enter the database name and click Next Step.
    3. For Step 2: Create Database Users, enter the database user name and password and click Create User.
    4. For Step 3: Add User to the Database, click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.
    5. For Step 4: Complete the task, make note of the database name, username and password, we need to use them below or for future reference.
  5. Configure wp-config.php

  6. This step is to find the WordPress configuration file and input the database info, so a connection between your WordPress and its database established. WordPress stores its information in the database. Check out this guide for the steps: configure WordPress Database connection in wp-config.php file.

  7. Run the WP Installation from web browser

  8. If the WordPress files are uploaded to the domain root directory, open the installing URL in your browser. The WordPress installing page will be like this:

    If you upload the WordPress files to a sub folder named ‘blog’, then you can access the installation page from an URL as below:

    install wordpress to subfolder

    From the WP installation page, fill in the fields it asks for, such as site name, WP administrator username, password, a valid email address. You will need also to select whether or not to have the search engines index the site, this setting can be changed from the WordPress dashboard later. For most of us, we should allow search engines to craw and index our website, so enable it now. Once you are ready, click Install Now button, the WordPress installer wizard will do the rest.

    wordpress web installer

    If like, you can also install WordPress on a subdomain.

    WordPress Manual Installing Extra Tips

    The instructions apply to both Windows IIS and Linux Apache web hosting service providers, such as HostGator, Bluehost, Justhost, Arvixe hosting, and many more.

    Many WordPress hosting offer easy WP management and auto installers to help WordPress beginners to get started quickly, see below examples:

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