As of April 2018, WordPress was supporting 30.6% of the top ten million websites in the world. This is a testimony of its popularity and ability to do what it was meant to do. Let me briefly inform you what WordPress is. WordPress powers almost 60 million websites on the internet. It is the most powerful open-source content management system. It has for long been associated with blogs and websites. However, it can be used to manage various types of contents including online stores, conventional mailing lists, media galleries and forums.
Its important is evident, but many people do not know how to install and operate this CMS. This article will take you through several ways of installing this functional content management platform.
Installing WordPress With One-Click Installers
There are several script installing applications such e.g. Fantastico, Mojo Marketplace and Softaculous and which simplifies how you install your WordPress. You click few buttons and you are set. We will look at how these script installers help you to install your WordPress.
Here is a video on how to install WordPress with Fantastico:
Installing WordPress With Mojo Marketplace
Mojo Marketplace installer does not require any special skills for you to ace it. You only need to know how to move and click on your mouse. Mojo Marketplace formerly referred to as Simple Scripts supports swift WordPress installation for several web hosts which includes Host Monster, Fatcow, Bluehost, Hostgator etc.
To get started, log into your control panel to locate the Mojo Marketplace icon. Click on One-Click Installs prompt. You will be rerouted to Mojo Marketplace.
Once on Mojo Marketplace, you should be able to spot Blogs and Website Builder icon where you can access WordPress. Tap on the WordPress prompt to begin the installation process. At this point, you are offered two options. The first one is to install a new WordPress, and the next one is to use an older installation of WordPress. Tap on the Install prompt to create a new site. Then, on the subsequent page, choose the type of domain you would want WordPress to be installed in.
Tap on the Check Domain Icon so that Mojo Marketplace can find your domain and redirect to the final step:
To access your login info, tap on the View Credentials icon to launch Notification Center where you will access your login credentials. This information includes the password, username, URL and Admin URL. Now you can launch your WordPress on browsers.
Access your WordPress admin tab with the help of the login credentials and admin URL you acquired earlier.
At this point, is where you add all the plugins and add-ons that work for your website. And voila, you have your website!
Confused? Here is a great video guide:
How to Install WordPress using Softaculous
Softaculous qualifies to be on this list for several reasons, and they include:
- Simple to use
- Compatible with numerous web hosts
Softaculous does its things briefly and fast. And owing to this, we will keep this installation process very short and precise.
- Dispatch Softaculous using your cPanel
- Locate WordPress and click on Install
- Tune the website to your taste by setting up the settings, e.g. WordPress Directory, domain, database title
- Reinforce the site’s security by adding website and database settings
- Set up an admin account
- Select your language of preference
- Choose plugins
- Set up advanced options like automatic updates and Notifications
- You are ready to launch your website
Here is how to install WordPress using Cpanel and Softaculous:
How to Install WordPress using Fantastico
The best feature of this script installer is its ability to install your WordPress in five very simple procedures:
Log into your cPanel and find the Fantastico icon.
Tap on the button to deploy the Fantastico interface. Access WordPress under Blogs on the top left corner menu. On the WordPress display that appears, select WordPress and tap on the New Installation link.
On the next step, enter login information, website name and your domain and then proceed to the confirmation page. Click on Finish Installation icon to finish the installation process.
Here is how to do it in case you prefer watching videos:
How to Install WordPress Manually
Installing WordPress manually can sound daunting at first, but that is not the case. As you continue doing your installations manually, you will realise that it gets easier and easier.
Here is how to install your WordPress manually:
- Go to the WordPress official website and download WordPress.
- Log into your cPanel and create a WordPress databank. Do this using MySQL Database button on the databanks tab.
- Develop a database and add a single user. Keep this information safely because you will use it when creating wp-config.php
- Then, using your File Manager or FTP, upload WordPress to your root folder or public_html
- Obtain the zip folder to your general_html. The WordPress archive resides in the root folder aka public_html and not on the obtained WordPress file. If not, you will be required to enter yourdomain.com/wordpress/ to open the WordPress website which can be taxing. Or you can forego exporting the files but ensure the domain is linked to the extracted WordPress file.
- Using your URL, begin the installation
- You will be directed to generate a wp-config.php folder
- Focus on the instructions and add the databank information
- To launch the installation, tap on Run the Install
- Add the website’s info on the subsequent page and tap on Install WordPress icon
Watch how to do it in case you are a visual person:
Installing WordPress on your Computer
On this next part, we will focus on installing WordPress on your Mac or Windows PC. We will start our process with Windows.
How to Install WordPress on Windows with WAMP
First, WAMP short form of Windows Apache MySQL PHP is used to develop a localized server surrounding that offers the amenities WordPress requires to function.
The installation process begins by clicking on the Setup Package icon and follow the instructions till you see an icon displaying Finish.
When the installation is done, deploy WampServer.
It is important to know whether your server is operational before installing WordPress. Simply locate the WAMP button on your tab.
To know whether the server is operational, you look at the button, and if it is red, the server is not operational, and your PC is in need of a restart. In the event the button is orange, it means that the MySQL is logged off, and you should reboot the server. If the button is green, the server is in good health.
To be sure your server is functional before hurrying to install WordPress it, you can quickly confirm its ability operate. This is easy as well. Look for the WAMP icon on the taskbar.
Next, WordPress requires MySQL database to operate because it is where information on installation is kept.
Safeguarding your data is important and it is the reason your WordPress website requires MySQL database. In MySQL databank is where you keep information about your WordPress installation.
Develop A Database
- To launch a new tab known as phpMyAdmin, you required to hit the WAMP button and select phpMyAdmin. Tap the Databases on the dashboard.
- Next, add the database title of your choice and tap on the create icon. Then, cance; phpMyAdmin and let WordPress install.
From c:\WAMP\www., extract the WordPress ZIP folder. While still in c:\WAMP\www, you should locate another WordPress file. You can access your WordPress account through localhost/wordpress on your browser.
After this, the next steps are easy. You should create a configuration wp-config.php file and add necessary information, and you are good to go.
In case you get a message saying error establishing a database connection, you should find out which step you did not execute well and make the necessary corrections.
To access your WordPress installation information, you should go to http://localhost/wordpress/wp-admin
Video-wise here is how you go about it:
How to Install WordPress on Mac Locally with MAMP
MAMP is the acronym of Mac OS X, Apache the server, MySQL and PHP.
For you to install MAMP, you will first have to download it from their site. Then you will need to drag the application file then modify default settings.
- Load MAMP
- Tap on the Preference icon to load another screen
- Hit tap on the Ports tab and put 3306 and 80 for MySQL and Apache respectively
- Use PHP taskbar to direct PHP to the latest version.
Develop WordPress Database
For your WordPress installation to be successful, you require a database. Here is how to create a database:
- Launch MAMP
- Tap on Start Servers icon
- Then tap phpMyAdmin on the subsequent screen which loads itself
- On the subsequent page click on Create database field to add the database
- Tap on the Create icon
The database can now be used for WordPress installation.
Extract the file from the downloaded WordPress then place it into Applications/MAMP/htdocs. Retitle wp-config-sample.php folder to wp-config.php then launch.
Then add http://localhost to your default browser, and you will see WordPress begin installing itself.
See the video guide here:
How to Install a WordPress Multisite Network
This subsection is set aside for people who want to develop a network of websites.
Trigger WordPress Multisite
Install WordPress with your procedure of choice. Access your wp-config.php folder and the code before the penultimate line:
define (‘WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE’, true);
Consolidate the changes and refresh the website. The site is now ready to use multisite network. This action will create a menu function “Network Setup”. This new prompt appears on admin menu under Tools.
Connecting Your Network
You will first have to deactivate the plugins.
Go to Tools> Network Setup. It is found on the administrator’s menu. Create a Network of WordPress Sites page will appear.
Then you will be required to create a *.yourdomain.com subdomain. The steps are very simple.
- Login to cPanel
- Access the Domains subsection
- Tap on Subdomains
- Add the asterisk (*) to the subdomain
- Click on the create button and there you go.
Enable permalinks which help produce admin email, post name and offer the title for the network. To continue, hit Install button on the next page, there are guidelines you should add to your wp-config.php and .htaccess folders.
Installing WordPress in Your Language
American English is the automatic language for setting up WordPress. However, do not be fooled by this. It is versatile enough to support several languages from different parts of the globe. Thanks to a team of contributors who are doing an amazing job in translating WordPress in different languages.
WordPress’ Hosting Recommendation
If you are using WordPress in a web server, you need a web hosting platform that offers all the features required by WordPress for it to operate. The features required for a server to support a WordPress website are upgraded version of MySQL, Apache and disk space which can be found with the majority of web hosts.
This web host is the most popular web hosting platform that offers more features for less. Bluehost has a shared hosting plan starting from $3.49. The process of setting up your website is easy and can be done by anyone. They offer WordPress installs through Mojo Marketplace.
Apart from shared hosting, they provide VPS from $14.99 monthly, optimised WordPress hosting plan from $12.49 monthly and dedicated from $74.99 monthly. It is important to settle on a package that best serves your needs.
Contrast to other web hosting platforms, managed hosts focus on WordPress websites exclusively. Managed WordPress host gives you the authority to and know-how to help you grow your WordPress website.
It can be used for a website of any size. The cheapest package comes at $29 monthly. However, you are assured of cutting-edge hosting services. It has other features such as high-tech security, regular secure backups, CDN to help speed your media.
As a WordPress website owner, you have seen several ways of installing your website in several different ways. Be it installing manually or using script installers like Mojo Marketplace, using Multisite network or Fantastico, all these procedures are very easy. The ease of installing WordPress using this process makes WordPress the best CMS in the market.