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How to Install WordPress

You can find detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your web hosting account in three different ways.

Use the Website Setup Wizard to Install WordPress

To install WordPress using the Website Setup Wizard access your Client Area and go to Websites > New Website button.

A new section would appear where you will be prompted to select the domain name that you want to use with your new WordPress installation.

Click the Continue button once you have the chosen the desired option to proceed to the next step.

On this next step you should select to Start a New Website or to Migrate an existing one. Click on Select under Start New Website.

Choose WordPress and enter the preferred login details for your new WordPress application. Once you are ready, click on Continue.

Next, choose what enhancements you wish to add to your website – if you want to add any. When you are ready with this step – click on Finish.

That’s it! You can now go to the front page of your site or access the WordPress admin to start adding content to your website.

If you used a domain not managed by SiteGround on Step 1, you will instead see instructions how to point your domain name first.


Use the App Installer to install a WordPress

To install the WordPress go to Site Tools > WordPress > Install & Manage.

Then, select WordPress and fill in the Application Setup. Select your Domain, the desired Language and the Installation Path. Type in the desired WordPress admin username, its password and the email account that you would like to be associated with it.

The Install with WordPress Starter checkbox will install our in-house developed WordPress Starter plugin. It offers a fast and easy way of launching your first website by providing you with a curated list of themes of plugin that you can install on your website, as well as example content for them.

The Install WordPress Multisite checkbox will configure the newly installed application as a WordPress Multisite. This is a functionality that allows you to create a network of subsites that use and are managed from a single set of WordPress files and database. If you are not sure if you want to use this functionality, leave the checkbox disabled and you can always configure your WordPress as a multisite after.


Install a WordPress Manually

Follow these guidelines if you want to perform a new, manual installation of the latest WordPress version.

Step 1. Download the WordPress installation package

To start the installation process, download WordPress from its official download page. We recommend that you always download and install the latest stable version of WordPress.

Once you click on Download, the installation package will be saved to your hard disk. Locate the downloaded file and extract it to a new folder.

Step 2. Upload the WordPress Files to Your Server

Now, you need to upload the extracted files and folders to your web server. The easiest way to upload the installation files is via FTP. For detailed information on how to upload files via FTP, check our FTP Tutorial.

Important! If you want your WordPress to be the main installation on your account and to be accessible through your main domain (i.e. www.mydomain.com), you need to upload the extracted files to your public_html folder. However, you can always make a subfolder (i.e. public_html/blog) if you want to run only part of your website on WordPress.

Step 3. Create a MySQL Database for WordPress to use

Create a MySQL database and assign a MySQL user to it with full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to do that, you can follow the steps described in our tutorial on How to Create MySQL Username and Database. Once you create your MySQL Database and User, make sure you write down the database name, database username and password you’ve just created. You will need those for the installation process.

Step 4. Go through the installation process

Now it’s time to navigate to your website to start with the installation process. If you have uploaded WordPress in your public_html directory, go to http://yourdomain.com in your preferred browser.

The first thing you will see is a window, in which you must choose the desired WordPress language from a predefined list of languages. Once you choose the preferred one, click Continue.

On the next page, you will see a message, asking you to prepare the necessary information for the installation. Since we already have this information, simply press Let’s Go!

Enter the details for your newly created MySQL database and press Submit.

WordPress will now check if your settings are correct. If you have entered all the necessary information, you will see a confirmation screen. Press the Run the Installion button to proceed.

On the next page, you will have to enter the information about your administrative username and the title of your new site. Make sure that you use a strong password so that your administrator account is secure. Also, bear in mind, that you should specify a real email address. It can be later used in case you forget your password. In addition, you can specify whether you’d want search engines to index your site or not. Once you fill in that information, press Install WordPress.

Your new WordPress application is now installed. You can use the Log In button to access your administrative backend and start posting in your new site.

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