How To Install Wordpress

You've chosen Wordpress and now you want to install it. Luckily, as it is designed to be a user-friendly Content Management System, accessible to people with few web skills, this is not a difficult process. The first thing to find out, however, is whether you even need to do the installation yourself! Many hosting websites have 'one click' installation tools which take away the hassle of manual installation altogether. Three of the most common are Fantastico, Installatron and Softaculous.

If, for whatever reason, you do need to manually install Wordpress, it has deliberately been made relatively simple for those with some web skills. You shouldn't need more than 5 minutes to get up and running. You will, however, need access to the web server you are using, a web browser, a text editor, and an FTP client. For the latter, Wordpress recommend Filezilla.

First, you need to download and then unzip the Wordpress files from http://wordpress.org/download.

Next, check to see if your hosting provider has already set up a Wordpress database (or if it has an automatic button to do so easily). If not, you will need to do this yourself. The most common method of doing this on host servers is via an interface called CPanel. If this is available to you, simply log in to CPanel and click on 'MySQL Database Wizard'. Then simply guide yourself through the Wizard program, making sure to choose a strong password and to note the important details down before you click 'finish' - namely the 'hostname', 'username' and your password.

If your hosting provider uses another database interface, don't worry. Just search for the icon marked 'Database' or 'MySQL'. The process is likely to be similar to that above. The important thing is to make sure you note down your details, and that you have created a database where you have 'all privileges', so that you can access and change things later on if you need to.

Finally, you need to upload the Wordpress files to the directory of your website in which you wish them to appear. You do this by using your FTP client and uploading directly to either the root directory of your website (i.e. http://test.com) or a subdirectory (http://test.com/blog). The location of these on your web server should be obvious, but if not your hosting provider should provide an FAQ telling you how to find them. Once you've found your desired location, use your FTP client to upload the contents of the 'wordpress' directory to the web server.

All you have to do now is to prompt Wordpress to install the files. If you uploaded to your root directory, just visit http://test.com/wp-admin/install.php (obviously substituting 'test.com' for your URL!). If a subdirectory, just http://test.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php or similar.

If any of this seems too technical for you, remember, you can always find a hosting company which provides a 'one step' installation button - or go to the Wordpress community sites for much more advice about any problems you might encounter.