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What is WordPress?
WordPress is a (CMS) content management system. It’s a platform that allows you to quickly and easily create websites and also makes it really easy to edit and add any content.
With WordPress, you can create amazing and professional websites without the need to be an expert, a developer or designer. It is easy to install it, use it, and customize it.
How do I install WordPress?
If you are here at this point, it’s because you have already created a hosting account. If you followed my previous guide (How to Setup a New Webhosting Account and Get a FREE Domain), then you must have your hosting account already created with the $1.99/mo Domain and Hosting. I will now be showing how to create a WordPress site from the control panel:
1- First of all you need to login to your hosting account. You will be able to see something like this:
2- The second part of it consists of getting WordPress Installed and optimized, by just clicking a few buttons:
3- Make sure you always select “Install”, unless you are migrating another WordPress site:
4- Select your domain and complete the installation:
After you complete these easy steps, then WordPress will be installed on your website and you will also get your credentials. I order to visit your WordPress panel you only need to go to “mydomain.com/wp-admin” obviously replacing my domain/com with your own domain name.
How to install WordPress via FTP:
If you are having trouble while trying install WordPress through your hosting panel or you just had your existing hosting account and therefore didn’t follow my article about how to get a new hosting account + Freee domain, I will then be explaining to you another way of how to install it, which is about loading the files to your server using a FTP connection.
An FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is basically a mechanism that allows you to manage your server’s files from a local device (computer, tablet, or mobile), this is done by utilizing an FTP client. In this case, I will be recommending FileZilla for this, as it is one of the most common. You can download the software for free at FileZilla-project.org.
The next step is to secure the WordPress documents that We will use for the WordPress installation, we will get those documents from WordPress org. Download the zipped files and you’ll see that it consists of a set of files and folders… What we are going to do here is to unzip these files and paste them all into the root directory of your server (or in the folder that your hosting provider indicates. Most shared hosting plans will store these files in a folder named “/public_html” ).
This is how the unzipped WordPress files should look like:
Now that we have installed Filezilla and we have also downloaded the WordPress files that we will use for the installation, now we need to setup our FTP account’s credentials. We can find the default FTP account information by just going through the option that says FTP Accounts in our hosting control panel.
We will be looking for the following information there:
Now our next step here is to go ahead and create a new Database. This Database is where we will have all our settings configurations and files stored so that people can access to those resources when they visit our blog.
In order to create a New Database, you need to follow these steps:
- On your hosting control panel, you should be able to see an option that says something like Data Base or MySQL
- Once you’ve clicked on MySQL you can add a new Database or add a new Database
- Here you will have to create a username and password for your Database, make sure you put that in a safe place because you will need it later.
Now before we can transfer all of our WordPress files, we will modify one particular file that is named “wp-config-sample.php”. We need to open this file with the notepad and edit the following fields as indicated:
After adding the name of the Database that we just created, username and password, we just leave localhost untouched and we save our file with the following name “wp-config.php”.
Now let’s move our WordPress files with FileZilla:
Here with FileZilla, you have all your local files on the left side and your hosting files on the right. You can either copy and paste as well as drag and drop any file from one side to the other. You can also edit your files from here.
Our last step to complete our installation here must be to copy all the unzipped WordPress files and paste them on the specific directory where we are installing WordPress (Most commonly “/public_html”). Once the files have been transferred then we can go to our WordPress panel at mydomain.com/wp-admin and then finish up with some basic configurations.
The same process can be used in order to transfer any file to your server or the opposite… You have the ability to upload any plugin or theme directly to your server if you have the files, in this case, you will have that transfer the contents to the directory public_html wp-content/plugins o public_html wp-content/themes. You can also utilize FileZilla for you to download full backups of your site.
If you are one of those who prefer learning by watching a video, here you can watch a very good one:
Other helpful resources:
- Most Important SEO Ranking Factors to Improve Website Ranking in 2017
- Best Free SEO Tools for Bloggers and Small Business Owners (Updated)
- Profitable Business Ideas to Start an Online Business in 2017
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