How to Install WordPress

Installing WordPress is as easy as installing any other computer program applications. WordPress.org summarized the installation instructions in five parts, which can be completed in only five minutes. But before we proceed with the summarized installation instructions, you must take note of the most important thing to be done before downloading WordPress. That is to find a web host. A web hosting service allows website developers to link their website to the Internet. This is for the purpose of accessing a website via World Wide Web anywhere and anytime, and creating your own database, and domain name. There are hundreds of web hosts to choose from—some offer free service, others you have to pay for a monthly, yearly, or lifetime subscription.

In choosing a web host provider, take note of the minimum requirements needed to run and support WordPress. The latest version of WordPress requires PHP version 4.3 and MySQL version 4.1.2 so check on the web host services if these are provided for. To make life easier for you, the WordPress community has recommended four web host providers for its clients. These are Bluehost, DreamHost, MediaTemple, and Laughing Squid. Thoroughly study the strong points and weak points of each we host provider and read forum threads for each to help you decide which to utilize. Once you’re done verifying your web host, domain name, and text editor software, then you’re ready to install WordPress.

In the official website of WordPress, documentations on installation, customization, design and layout, extensions, and troubleshooting tips are available. So, for the first-time WordPress users, reading the documentations is a good start. You’ll also find links to installation video tutorials for your perusal to guide you further on the step-by-step process.

Below is a summary on how to install WordPress in five minutes, provided that you have already set up a web host service and database.

1. Download the WordPress version supported by your local computer and extract files once the download has been completed.
2. Create a database for WordPress on the web server. Since each web host server uses different hosting control panels, click on this link to know the specific instruction for each http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress#Local_Installation_Instructions
3. Rename the file “wp-config-sample.php” to “wp-config.php” from the extracted folder on Step 1. Save the new file name and then edit your database information using the text editor.
4. Upload your files on the web server using an FTP (file transfer protocol) client software such as FileZilla.
5. Run the install script and launch WordPress for completion.