WordPress is a free personal publishing platform. It is an easy to use, fast and flexible blog script. It comes with a great set of features, designed to make your experience as a publisher as pleasant as possible. With WordPress you can easily:
- Publish and edit posts;
- Sort articles in categories;
- Search within your content;
- Manage users’ access;
- Change your website themes and more.
With the SiteGround WordPress hosting services you can use all WP features.
How to install WordPress?
Please, visit the pages listed below to find detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your website with the help of the Softaculous auto-installation tool or via the built-in web installer. Please, note, that you can request a free WordPress installation with the SiteGround hosting pack.
Download the WordPress installation package
To start the installation process, first you need to download WordPress from it’s official download page. We recommend that you always download and install the latest stable version of WordPress.
Once you click on the Download button for the latest WordPress version, the installation package will be saved to your hard disk. Locate the installation package that you’ve just downloaded and extract it to a new folder.
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, please check our FTP Tutorial.
Once the download is complete, extract the archive and upload it to your web hosting account. You can do that via FTP using a client application like Filezilla or via cPanel -> File Manager -> Upload file(s). If you want this WordPress installation to be main for your website, the files should reside in the public_html folder of your account. 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 3Create a MySQL Database for WordPress to use
Now, you need to create a MySQL database and assign a user to it with full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to do that, please 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 4Go 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 you’ll need to go to http://yourdomain.com in your preferred browser. The first thing you will notice is a message, telling you that you don’t have a wp-config.php file and you should create one. Just click on the Create a Configuration File button to proceed.
On this page you will see a message, asking you to prepare the necessary information for the installation. Since we already have this information, simply press the Go! button.
Enter the details for your newly created MySQL database and press the Submit button
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 Install button to proceed.
On the next screen you will have to enter the information about your administrative username and the title of your new site. In addition, you can specify whether you’d want search engines to index your site or not. Once you fill in that information, press the Install WordPress button. Bear in mind, however, that you should specify a real email address. It can be later used in case you forget your password.
How to create a blog site with WordPress?
Once you have installed WordPress you can start building your blog. First, navigate to the WP login page entering the exact URL:
There you should enter the login credentials, which you have chosen during the installation process. Then you will enter the Administration area of the WordPress script:
How to start blogging?
To start writing posts in your WordPress blog, simply click on the Posts -> Add New link from your Dashboard. You will be redirected to a page where you can create your article.
Click the Publish button once ready and your post will be immediately visible at the front page of your blog!