Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress

I used to be a Joomla! type of person. That was until 2014 when things kept breaking and simply not working. I started using WordPress instead when a company I worked for decided to switch from Joomla! to WordPress. This was really the first experience I had with WordPress, since I have primarily used WordPress with the occasions of using other systems such as MediaWiki, depends what work at the time I have on and what system is required.

To install WordPress, there are two ways of doing this, the easy way, and the hard way (but not that hard). I will go into more detail on the hard way soon, but first I will touch on the easy way.

Easy Install of WordPress

Most hosting providers use cPanel, or something equivalent. As part of cPanel you have Softaculous, find WordPress:

Click on it:

Go to the install page, complete the details and install.

A harder way to install WordPress, but not that difficult

This is still relatively easier, and WordPress do have an already comprehensive pages on how to install WordPress.

You will need to be able to create databases and have access to the file system.

If you are using cPanel you will need to create the database first using the database area:

Click on MySQL® Databases and create a new database:

Scroll down and create a new user:

Scroll a little further and associate the user with the database:

Click add, and set up the permissions, generally select all:

Make those changes.

If you aren’t using cPanel then you will need to create the database up in phpMyAdmin, navigate to it, in this example localhost/phpmyadmin. You may need to install phpMyAdmin.

Click on the Database tab:

Under “create database” give the database a name and create, your database has been created.

Download a copy of WordPress open in archive manager:

Using either FTP, Filemanager in your cPanel or zPanel, or as I am in this instance, navigating using folders:

Extract the files from the archive to the folder you are install WordPress into:

In your browser navigate to your wordpress folder, in this instance localhost/wordpress

Click on Let’s go!

Complete the details for your site, then hit submit.

In theory WordPress should be able to create the wp-config.php file, but you may be presented with:

With this you will need to create the wp-config.php file manually. You can do this in your preferred text editor. Once done, hit Run the installation and complete the information:

Click Install WordPress.

You will be presented with:

WordPress is installed. Click on login.

To verify, stick your password in and login. You will be presented with the WordPress Dashboard:

Job done.

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