Getting the WordPress.org Software - dummies

Getting the WordPress.org Software

By Amy Lupold Bair

After you sort out your web host and site domain, you next need to download and extract the WordPress files from WordPress.org and put them on your computer. Choose a place you’ll remember, such as a Documents or Download directory. Follow these steps:

  1. Point your web browser to WordPress.org.
    The main WordPress page appears.
  2. Click the blue Download WordPress tab in the top-right corner.
    The site takes you to a short instructional page that has download information on it.
  3. Click the Download WordPress plus version number button.
    Your web browser may ask you to select a location to place the files that are downloading. If it does, choose a place on your computer that you will remember. Your Desktop or Documents folder are decent choices.
  4. After the compressed file downloads, double-click it to expand (or unzip) the files it contains on your computer.
    The files are saved on your computer.
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After you extract the WordPress files to your hard drive, you should see a folder structure similar to this.

WordPress.org provides the downloadable file in two compressed formats: GZip (.tar.gz) and ZIP (.zip) format. These days, most computer systems recognize the ZIP format, and you should be able to open it without installing any additional software. After you expand the .zip file, you can delete it from your computer.

Many host companies walk you through the downloading and installing of WordPress on your site via your cPanel (control panel). Ask your web host whether it offers packages that include WordPress installation as part of the setup.

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Bluehost’s cPanel includes a button to install WordPress directly without going to WordPress.org.