How to Manually Install WordPress Software on Your Server

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Hey there, this is Brad from Firstsiteguide.com, and in this video, I’ll be walking you through the process of setting your WordPress blog manually instead of with the one click installer. It’ll only take a few more steps, so stick in there with me and let’s get started. First off, we’re going to need to download the latest WordPress files from wordpress.org. So let’s head over there right now. So type in wordpress.org and we’ll find the “Download WordPress” button, and it’s blue on this page, over here on the right. Click there and then click once more to download the latest version of WordPress. Once downloaded, find the file on your computer and open it up in a folder. So we’re going to drag this folder over to the left and then open up another folder which we will then unpack WordPress into it. So pull that over and then select the location where you know you’ll be unpacking your WordPress files, and then drag the WordPress folder from the left over to the right. This will take just a few minutes for it to unpack and then we’ll proceed through.

Next, we’re going to need to download a free FTP client program that will allow us to log on to our new web hosting server to install WordPress. So click back to your browser and head over to Google.com and then type in “FileZilla”. It’s the number one result, so click there. And then on this page click the “Download FileZilla Client” button on the left. And then click “Download now”. As it finishes downloading, we’ll go ahead and open it up and walk through the simple installation process. Okay, so once you’ve finished installing FileZilla, go ahead and open it up. And we’re going to go up to the top left here and click on “File” and then click on “Site manager”.

Here, we’ll add a new site but before we do that we’ll need to pull up the account details for our web hosting company. In this case, I’ll be assuming you went with Web Hosting Hub for your host and that you’re logged into your account management panel section. Scroll down just slightly and look for the “Account Technical Details” icon and click there. This is where you’ll find the hostname and your username. So go ahead and select your host name and then copy it, open up a text file to paste it into, and then go back. Do the same for your username, back to the text file and paste it in. So, what we’re going to do now is recopy the host name over to FileZilla and create that new site.

I’ll name it our new site. And then for the hostname up top here we’ll paste in our hostname. For the login type, put normal, and then we’ll go back to our text file, grab our username, back to FileZilla and paste in the username. And then you’ll use the same password that you set for your web hosting hub account and then what you have to do down here is click connect. Now hang in there with me. This is going to get a little technical for a moment, but I’m confident you’ll be able to get it done no problem. So we’re going to go ahead and leave the FTP client, and let’s go back to the AMP section, and then go back to the main page of the account manager panel. And we’re going to scroll down just slightly and look on the left-hand side for the “cPanel” icon, and then click there.

It’s going to pull up the cPanel page and just go ahead and click “No, I’m fine. Thanks.” And then scroll all the way down to the database section, right down here. And then we’re going to click on “MySQL databases”. What we need to do now is create a database, a username, and assign the two together, so WordPress can interact with our server and run everything behind the scenes for us. We’ll start by creating a database right up here. So go ahead and enter a name, I’m just going to put WordPress, and then click “Create Database”. Now open up a text file and save that newly created database name. I’m going to grab mine here without the quotes and put it into my text file. Click back and then click go back.

Now scroll down a bit further and find the add a new user section, right here. I’m going to add Brad as the username and then set a secure password and then type it again. Scroll down just slightly and click on the “Create User” button right here. Okay, so we’ve added the username and the password. Now, do the same thing again with the text file, copy the username and paste it in, and copy your password and paste it into the text file. Go back to cPanel and then click “Go back” once again. All right, now we need to add that same username to the database that we just created and then give the account full permissions. This will allow us to install WordPress manually with these account details.

So scroll down towards the bottom of the page and find “Add user to database”, you’re going to want to find the user that you just created. In my case, Brad, and I want to add him to the database WordPress. So you find those two, select those two and then click “Add”. Click the checkbox for all privileges and then click the button that says make changes. And then once again click go back. Okay great, those are simple enough, right? Now, we have our MySQL database, username, and password set. All right, we can go ahead and head back to the FTP client where we are already logged into our account here. What we want to do now is we want to access the public HTML section of our FTP connection. This is where your files will be shown to your viewers, and that’s why we want to install the files for WordPress there. So we’ll double-click, it should be empty like this and then we’re going to need to find our WordPress files that we’ve unpacked. I’ve pulled mine up here and here is the WordPress folder, I’m going to double-click to see all the files. Before we upload our WordPress files, we need to edit the configuration file right here. The first thing that we’re going to do is we need to rename it so WordPress recognizes that we’ve done the correct edits to it. So we’re going to click to edit the name and take out the dash and the sample like that so it just says wp-config-fhp and we’re going to hit enter.

Okay, great. And then simply open it up with your Word file. Things may look a little complicated in here but it’s actually really easy to edit. Look for the first option here, the database name, and what we’re going to go ahead and to is go back to the text file we have our database name saved in. I’m going to copy and paste it in and then do the same for your username and your password. We’re going to leave the MySQL host name the same as localhost, and then we’re also going to set these security strings down here. There’s a URL for you to use right here, so go ahead and copy that and paste it into your browser. And then what that’s going to do is it is going to send back these unique strings for you to use to help enhance your blog’s security. So you select all those, copy them again, come back to this file, and replace the blank ones. Okay, great. You can double check this real quick and then go ahead and click “File, save”.

Now we’re ready to select all of our WordPress files and upload them to our server. So click at the top here, hold shift, and click at the bottom to select all of our files. And then simply drag them over into the public HTML folder. This will take a few minutes so feel free to take a quick break, grab some water, and I’ll fast forward through to when it’s complete. Okay, there. Great. Now all we have to do is pull up the front page our domain name. So I’ll go back to my browser and I’ll type in bradsfirstblog.com and hit enter. And this WordPress install screen will pop up. We’ll select “English” and click “Continue”, and then we’ll take care of this settings right here real fast.

We’ll enter in a quick site name. I’m going to put bradsfirstblog, a username that you will remember and a secure password. And then down below enter your email. And then right down here you’ll click “Install WordPress”. And that my friend is all we have to do to get WordPress installed manually. If you go back to your main blog real fast, we’ll take this off the end of the URL, you’ll notice that the default theme has been installed. We can log into that WordPress dashboard by adding “/wp-admin” to the end of your URL. These will going to bring up the username and the password section for your login. So I’ll type my username and the password I just set and I’ll click on “Login”.

And by the way, this is also how you would install a premium theme into WordPress, through the FTP client. So go back there and find the section that has your theme in it. Here’s mine called cherry truffle. What you’re going to do is take this folder and put in into the WP content themes section. So you’ll see your existing themes here, and what we’re going to do is we’re going to click and drag this whole folder inside of our WordPress themes area. That will take just a moment to upload, I’ll fast forward. Okay, so now that that’s finished, we can click back and move over to our dashboard. Hover over the “Appearance” section and then click “Themes”. This is where we’ll go in and we’ll see our cherry truffle theme right here that we installed through the FTP client. And all we need to do is hover over and click on “Activate”. And the once we click back to our main domain name, we’ll see the cherry truffle theme has been installed. Pretty cool.

That about wraps things up for this video. If you have any other questions or need help with one of these steps, please visit us at Firstsiteguide.com. We’d be happy to help you out. Take care and enjoy your new blog.

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