Install WordPress manually using FTP in 5 Minutes

WordPress is the most common blogging platform and Content Management System which is available for Free. If you want to run a site without any high-level technical knowledge, then WordPress will be an option next to Google’s Blogger.

 WordPress is best for a blog. Even you can run an e-commerce site using it.

WordPress is highly customizable and easy to manage from the back end. It can be linked to your wordpress.com account to obtain features like Stats, CDN (Content Delivery Network).

If you are new to blogging and website management, it is better to run your site on WordPress.

Usually, most of the web hosts provide one-click installation WordPress installation. Even in cPanel, you can install WordPress using Softaculous.

If you are using one-click installation feature the only things you have to do is choose a username, password and provide your email address.

But if your Web host doesn’t provide any one-click installation feature or if you want to install WordPress manually, then this is the page (How to Install WordPress Manually using FTP)  you are looking for.

Manual WordPress Installation requires some patience and time. Let us see how to do this.

Things You Need

  • A Domain Name (TLD/ A Subdomain)
  • A Web Hosting Account with FTP access
  • Database access.

Step by step guide to install WordPress Manually using FTP

Step 1: Download the WordPress installation package from WordPress.org download page.

It is advisable to download the latest stable release package. Because in each updates WordPress team fixes the bugs, security loopholes and adds many features.

Note: – After downloading the WordPress package you have to extract it into a folder if you are going to upload it to your server using a FTP client like filezilla.

 Step 2: Upload the WordPress file to your web host.

The files should be uploaded to the location where you want to run your site. If you want to run your site in the main domain (like www.domain.com), then you have to upload to the public_html folder. If you want to run the site on a subfolder (like www.domain.com/blog), you have to upload your files to public_html/blog. You can use an FTP client to upload the files or else if your web host provides a file manager in your control panel you can use it.

If you want to run the site on a subfolder (like www.domain.com/blog), you have to upload your files to public_html/blog. You can use an FTP client to upload the files or else if your web host provides a file manager in your control panel you can use it.

You can use an FTP client to upload the files or else if your web host provides a file manager in your control panel you can use it.

While using FTP client, you should know your FTP username and password. If don’t know that or don’t have one, create an FTP user in the cPanel or your host’s control panel. There are a plenty of guides on Google.

WP upload to filezilla

Step 3: Creating a database.

WordPress needs a database to run. Most of the data are stored in the database. For example Posts, pages and the settings you choose are stored in the database. You can create a database using MySQL which will be in you web host’s control panel. Pick a database name, user, and password and note them down.

You can create a database using MySQL which will be in you web host’s control panel. Pick a database name, user, and password and note them down.

Creating Database for WP

Step 4: Configuring WordPress and creating the configuration file.

Now navigate to the location where you copied all your WordPress files in a browser. For example, If you have uploaded all your files to the public_html folder then go www.domain.com (your actual domain). You will be notified that WordPress is missing the configuration file and asked to create one. Click create a configuration file.

You will be notified that WordPress is missing the configuration file and asked to create one. Click create a configuration file.

wp configuration

Then the details you require will be shown.  Click Let’s Go.

Then enter the details of the database you created.

Note: Table prefix is used to run more than one site in a single database. You can choose any table prefix as you wish.

Wordpress setup

Then Click Run the install.

Wordpress run the install

On the Next page, you will be asked to enter the administrator credentials. It is advisable to choose a username other than admin and a secure password with alphanumeric characters and special characters. Because most of the brute force attack runs with the username admin.

It is advisable to choose a username other than admin and a secure password with alphanumeric characters and special characters. Because most of the brute force attack runs with the username admin.

Install wordpress

That’s it. You have completed the manual installation of your WordPress site. Now the only thing you have to do is to logging in and setup your site.

WordPress login

All these steps require 5 minutes or less. So do it without any fear. If you require any help or support feel free to ask me using the comments or contact us using the contact page.

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