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How to Install WordPress to Your Hosting

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To use all the benefits of creating a website with WordPress themes, you have to install it to that space. An option of automatic installation of CMS is available on all types of hosting, but it often costs. If for some reason you don’t want to use it, you can easily do the installation by yourself.


Creating a MySQL base on hosting

Enter your hosting account admin panel and find the “MySQL Database” button. On different hosting, it could look a little different, but here some examples for you to know what to seek:

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After hitting the button, you’ll have to give that database a name, enter database user’s name and invent a password.

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When you are finished, note your hostname (very often it is “localhost”), database name, username, and password.

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Getting text editor and FTP client

You will need a simple text editor. If you are a Windows user, Notepad will do. Adepts of MacOS and Linux can download a cross-platform editor like Atom or Emacs.

The next necessary tool is a program that will allow you to connect to the FTP (File Transfer Protocol). With this application, you will place downloaded WordPress files to space that you rent on a hosting. The best choice of such a program is FileZilla. It is simple, convenient and completely free.



Downloading and installing WordPress

WordPress software is free and can be downloaded without any payments. Just hit the “Download WordPress” button and you will receive a zip file. Then you have to unzip it to a folder on your computer. There is a file, named wp-config-sample.php there, rename it to wp-config.php and open in a text editor. You will have to type your MySQL database information you noted earlier – database name, username, password and hosting name. Save that file after configuration.

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When WordPress files lay safe on your hard drive, it’s time to go again to your hosting admin panel. Find the “FTP” button and hit it to create an FTP account on your server. Note username and password. Now open FileZilla, it will look like that:

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Go to File > Site Manager and hit the “New Site” button. Name this new connection as you like and enter your website FTP address (if you named your website http://www.nicesite.com your FTP name for it will be ftp://ftp.nicesite.com or ftp://nicesite.com). Miss the “Port” box, leave it like it is. In the “Type” box choose Normal. Type your full username and password and then click “OK”. Now you’ve created a new FTP connection. Choose it and hit the “Connect” button. FileZilla will look like that if you’ve done everything correctly:

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Choose the directory where the WordPress files lay and upload them (only the content, not the folder) to the root directory of your website.

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When the upload is done, open the browser and go straight to your website (it would be something like http://nicesute.com/wp-admin/install.php). The first thing you will see is a frame, where a friendly WordPress installation interface gives you the opportunity to choose the language.

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The next window will politely ask you to prepare all the required information, and after you push the “Let’s go” button, you will see a form that you have to fill with database information.

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After the installation process is finished, you will be asked to fill the website information – title, your administrator’s username, e-mail, and password.

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Congratulations!

WordPress is successfully installed. Press “Log In” to start configuring it according to your needs.

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