Deciding the best platform for your website or blog may be a hard task to many; this is because many types of software exist which claim to offer the best service. Word Press is beyond any reasonable doubt the most popular blogging platform as well as content management system (standing at over 60 million websites). This open-source Content Management system is based on MySQL and PHP. One of the advantages of this platform is its ease of installation which may take less than five minutes to complete. Before installing WordPress, you should already have a domain name as well as a good web hosting that allows WordPress. Below is a step by step guide on how to install and configure WordPress manually:
1: Download WordPress
You should download the latest version by going to its download page at wordpress.org/download/. The installation package will be saved on your computer hard disk. The next thing is to unzip/ extract it to a new folder.
2: Upload WordPress to Hosting Account
There are normally three options through which you can upload WordPress to a hosting account. These include: Upload via FTP, Upload via File Manager and upload via SSH. The easiest way is usually through FTP, which can be done through a client application or via the control panel (File manager then “upload files”). For this installation to be the main for your website, the installation files should be in the public_html folder of the account. The other option is to make a sub folder like “public_html/blog” should you wish to run a part of your website on WordPress.
3: Create MySQL Database and User
You will need to create a database to store WordPress information. Log into cPanel then in the Databases section, select the MySQL Database Wizard. The next thing is to enter the database name then click next step. You will then need to create database users after entering the password. Add user to the database then click the “All Privileges” check box. The final step is to make note of the username, password and database name as they will be required in subsequent steps.
4: Configure wp-config.php
This step ensures that the correct database information is used in the installation. The wp-config-sample.php file can be accessed in File Manager in the WordPress installation folder. You will then be required to select “Web Root” and then “Show Hidden Files” then click Go. Locate the wp-config-sample-php file on the right side of file manager then right click on it and select rename to change it to wp-config.php. Replace the database name with the name of that created in step 3. The next step is to replace password with that created in step 3. Click the “Save Changes” button when done editing then close the file.
5: Run the Installation
Go to the installation page in a new browser window and run the installation script. The script can be accessed on any of the following URLs: http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php and http//yourdomain.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php depending on where you installed it. Please note that yourdomain.com should be replaced with the actual domain name. You will then see a welcome page telling you the whole process will take about five minutes.
Step 6: Complete the Installation
Here you should fill in the following fields:
• Site name
• Email address to which login info will be sent
You should then select if the search engines should index the site then click install and you will get a message on the successful installation.