How to Install WordPress
Before creating a WordPress website, be sure you have the latest version of WordPress installed on your web server and know how to upgrade it when WordPress releases a new version of its software, which it does approximately once every 120 days.
If you plan on working in the world of WordPress web design, you need to make sure that you’ve set up a solid foundation to work from. Installing WordPress, step-by-step, so you do so correctly, will ensure you have that solid foundation.
With this solid foundation, you can concentrate more on your design work and coding and less on the back end, server-related issues that may pop up if you don’t pay attention to those initial installation steps.
Before installing WordPress
Before you’re ready to install WordPress, you need to do the following:
Purchase the domain name registration for your account.
Establish your hosting account username, password, and File Transfer Protocol (FTP) address.
Install an FTP client for transferring files to your hosting account.
Some web hosts offer a one-click installation process for WordPress through scripts like Fantastico, which is the most popular script installer available. If this is the case for you, you can simply follow the instructions provided by your web host to install WordPress. The instructions here are for doing a manual install of WordPress on your web server.
If you have to install WordPress manually, here's where the rubber meets the road — that is, you’re putting WordPress's famous five-minute installation to the test. Set your watch and see whether you can meet that five-minute mark.
The famous five-minute installation includes the time it takes to install only the software. It doesn’t include the time to register a domain name; obtain and set up your web hosting service; and download, install, configure, and figure out how to use the FTP software.
Get the latest version of the WordPress software.
WordPress software comes in two compression formats: .zip and tar.gz. Get the Zip file because it's the most common format for compressed files.
Download the WordPress software to your computer and decompress (or unpack or unzip) it to a folder on your computer's hard drive.
You can use a free web application such as WinZip to decompress the file.
Set up a MySQL database so that it’s ready to accept the installation.
Using FTP, upload (transfer) the WordPress files from your hard drive to your web server account.
Connect the WordPress software you uploaded to the MySQL database.
Run the install script, install.php, to connect the WordPress software you uploaded to your MySQL database.