How to Install - dummies

How to Install

Some Web hosts now offer a one-click installation process for If your host doesn’t, you can do a manual install of WordPress on your Web server. Download the latest version of the WordPress software and decompress it to a folder on your computer’s hard drive.

Setting up the MySQL database

Every Web host is different in how it gives you access to set up and manage your MySQL database(s) for your account (a popular account administration interface is called cPanel, shown here):


  1. Log in to the administration interface with the username and password assigned to you by your Web host.

  2. Locate the MySQL Database Administration section.

    In cPanel, click the MySQL Databases icon.

  3. Enter a name for your database in the Name text box.

    Be sure to make note of the database name because you need it during the installation of WordPress.

  4. Click the Create Database button.

    You get a message confirming that the database has been created.

  5. Click the Go Back link or the Back button on your browser toolbar.

  6. Choose a username and password for your database, enter them in the Add New User text boxes, and then click the Create User button.

    You get a confirmation message that the username was created with the password you specified.

  7. Click the Go Back link or the Back button on your browser toolbar.

  8. In the Add Users to Database section, select the user you just set up from the User drop-down list; then, select the new database from the Database drop-down list.

    The MySQL Account Maintenance, Manage User Privileges page appears in cPanel.

  9. Assign user privileges by selecting the All Privileges check box.

  10. Click the Make Changes button.

    A page opens with a confirmation message that you’ve added your selected user to the selected database.

  11. Click the Go Back link.

    You go back to the MySQL Databases page.

Uploading the WordPress files

To upload the WordPress files to your host, return to the folder on your computer where you unpacked the WordPress software that you downloaded. You find all the files you need in a folder called /wordpress.


Using your FTP client, connect to your Web server, and upload all these files to your hosting account, into the root directory.

Running the install script

You need to connect the WordPress software you uploaded to the MySQL database:

  1. Type this URL in the address window of your browser, replacing with your own domain name:


    Assuming that you did everything correctly, you see the message shown in this figure.

  2. Click the Create a Configuration File button.

    A Welcome to WordPress message opens.

  3. Click the Let’s Go button at the bottom of that page.

  4. Dig out the database name, username, and password that you saved earlier, and use that information to fill in the Database Name, User Name, Password, and Database Host text boxes.


    Leave the Table Prefix field set to wp_.

  5. When you have all that information filled in, click the Submit button.

    A message encouraging you to install appears.

  6. Click the Run the Install button.

    Another welcome page opens.

  7. Enter or possibly change the information that appears.

    This information includes

    • Blog Title

    • Your E-Mail Address

    • Allow My Blog to Appear in Search Engines Like Google and Technorati

  8. Click the Install WordPress button.

    WordPress gives you the login information you need to access the WordPress Administration panel.

  9. Click the Log In button to log in to WordPress.


    You know that you’re finished with the installation process when you see the login page.