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How to Install WordPress Manually

How to Install WordPress Manually

This article will cover the steps needed to install WordPress manually.

Step 1: Download WordPress

  1. Download the WordPress package to your local computer from http://wordpress.org/download/
  2. Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your local computer.
Step 2: Upload WordPress to Hosting Account

There are three available options for uploading WordPress to a hosting account.

  • Upload via FTP
  • Upload via WebFTP
  • Upload via SSH
Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User

WordPress stores its information in a database. Therefore, a database will need to be created.

  1. Log into G7Panel.
  2. In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
  3. For Step 1: Create Database Users, enter the database user name and password and click Create User.
  4. For Step 2: Create A Database, enter the database name and assign to it the above created Database User click Create Database.
  5. For Step 4: Complete the task, make note of the database name, username and password, as you will need them for Step 4 below.
Step 4: Configure wp-config.php

The wp-config-sample.php file contains the database information and tells the WordPress application which database to pull information from. This step must be completed to ensure the correct database information is associated with the WordPress installation.

The wp-config-sample.php file can be found in WebFTP in the folder where WordPress is installed. To modify the file:

  1. Log into G7Panel.
  2. In the FTP Accounts section, click the WebFTP icon against your FTP account (Ensure it's enabled).
  3. Click the folder containing the WordPress installation (if not uploaded on the root).
  4. On the right side of the WebFTP screen, locate the wp-config-sample.php file.
  5. Rename and change the name of the file to wp-config.php. Click the Rename File button.
  6. Edit the wp-config.php file. When the file opens, look for the following information:
    /** The name of the database for WordPress */
    define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here');
    	
    /** MySQL database username */
    define('DB_USER', 'username_here');
    	
    /** MySQL database password */
    define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here');
    1. Replace database_name_here with the name of the database you created (above in Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User).
    2. Replace username_here with the username of the database you created.
    3. Replace password_here with the password of the database that you created.
  7. When done editing, click the Save Changes button, then close the file.
Step 5: Run the Installation

Open a new browser window and go to the installation page to run the installation script. Depending on where you installed the script, you will find it at either of the following URLs:

http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php
Be sure to replace example.com in the example above with your actual domain name.

You should now see a welcome page that says "Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process!"

Step 6: Complete the Installation On this page, fill in the fields for:

  • Site Name
  • Username
  • Password (needs to be entered twice)
  • Email address (login information will be sent to this email address)
  • Select whether or not to have the search engines index the site

Click Install Now, and you should be taken to the final screen, showing the following message:

Success! WordPress has been installed.