How to Run the WordPress Install Script - dummies

How to Run the WordPress Install Script

By Lisa Sabin-Wilson

The final step in the installation procedure for WordPress is connecting the WordPress software you uploaded to the MySQL database. Follow these steps to complete the process and run the install script:

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

    If you installed WordPress in a different folder from the root directory of your account, make sure you indicate this in the URL for the install script. If you transferred the WordPress software files to a /blog folder, for example, you’d point your browser to the following URL to run the installation:


  2. Click the Create a Configuration File button.

    The Welcome to WordPress page, which gives you the information you need to proceed with the installation, opens.

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

  4. Dig out the database name, username, and password that you should have saved earlier, and then use that information to fill in the following fields:

    • Database Name: Type the database name you used when you created the MySQL database before this installation. Because hosts differ in configurations, you need to enter either the database name or the database name with your hosting account username appended.

      If you named your database wordpress, for example, you’d enter that in this text box. Or if your host requires you to append the database name with your hosting account username, you’d enter username_wordpress, substituting your hosting username for username. For example, lisasabin_wordpress.

    • User Name: Type the username you used when you created the MySQL database before this installation. Depending on what your host requires, you may need to append this username to your hosting account username.

    • Password: Type the password you used when you set up the MySQL database. You don’t need to append the password to your hosting account username here.

    • Database Host: Ninety-nine percent of the time, leave this field set to localhost. Some hosts, depending on their configurations, have different hosts set for the MySQL database server. If localhost doesn’t work, contact your hosting provider to find out the MySQL database host.

    • Table Prefix: Leave this field set to wp_.

    It’s acceptable practice to leave the database table prefix to the default: wp_. However, if you want a bit more security on your WordPress install, set the database table prefix to something unique because people are out there on the Internet making attempts to hack WordPress databases, and one of the first things they check for is the default database table prefix.


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

    You see a message that says, “All right, sparky! Youve made it through this part of the installation. WordPress can now communicate with your database. If youre ready, time now to run the install!

  6. Click the Run the Install button.

    You see another welcome page with a message welcoming you to the famous five-minute WordPress installation process.


  7. Enter or change the following information:

    • Site Title: Enter the title you want to give your site. The title you enter isn’t written in stone; you can change it at a later date, if you like.

    • Username: This is the name you use to log in to WordPress. By default, the username is admin, and you can leave it that way. However, for security reasons, you should change your username to something unique to you.

    • Password, Twice: Type your desired password in the first text box and then type it again in the second text box to confirm that you’ve typed it correctly. If the two versions of your password don’t match, WordPress alerts you with an error message. If you don’t enter a password, one is generated automatically for you.

      For security reasons, passwords need to be at least seven characters long with as many different characters in as many combinations as possible. Use a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols, such as ! “ ? $ % ^ &.

    • Your E-mail: Enter the e-mail address you want to use to be notified of administrative information about your website. You can change this address at a later date, too.

    • Allow search engines to index this site: By default this check box is selected, which lets the search engines index the contents of your website and include your website in search results. To keep your website out of the search engines, deselect this check box.

  8. Click the Install WordPress button.

    The WordPress installation machine works its magic and creates all the tables within the database that contain the default data for your website. WordPress displays the login information you need to access the WordPress Dashboard. Make note of this username and password before you leave this page; scribble it on a piece of paper or copy it into a text editor such as Notepad.

    After you click the Install WordPress button, WordPress sends you an e-mail with the login information and login URL. This information is handy if you’re called away during this part of the installation process. If you somehow get distracted from the page displaying your username and password, the e-mail sent to you contains the information you need to successfully log in to your WordPress website.

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

    If you happen to lose the login page before clicking the Log In button, you can always find your way to the login page by entering your domain followed by the call to the login file (for example,

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


Now, with WordPress fully and correctly installed, you have a solid foundation to start working with and designing themes.