Install WordPress manually
WordPress can be installed manually in hosting, not easy task but it will help you to customize WordPress database and setting easily. I will recommend only pro developers to use a manual method to install WordPress.
If you don’t want to take all these efforts then you can directly install WordPress in hosting, for that read How to install WordPress in hosting using cPanel.
For manual installation of WordPress in hosting, I am using Hostgator Hosting service, follow steps without any mistake:
Step 1: Download WordPress
- Download the WordPress package to your local computer from https://wordpress.org/download/.
- Unzip the downloaded file to a folder on your local computer.
Step 2: Upload WordPress to Hosting Account
There are three available options for uploading WordPress to a hosting account.
- Upload via FTP – Please see FTP Getting Started for more information.
- Upload via File Manager – Please see How to Upload Using the File Manager for instructions.
- Upload via SSH – Please see How to Get and Use SSH Access for instructions.
Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User
WordPress stores its information in a database. Therefore, a database will need to be created.
- Log into cPanel.
- In the Databases section, click the MySQL Database Wizard icon.
- For Step 1: Create A Database, enter the database name and click Next Step.
- For Step 2: Create Database Users, enter the database user name and password and click Create User.
- For Step 3: Add User to the Database, click the All Privileges checkbox and click Next Step.
- For Step 4: Complete the task, make note of the database name, username, and password, as you will need them for Step 4 See Below below.
Step 4: Configure wp-config.php
The wp-config-sample.php file can be found in File Manager in the folder where WordPress is installed. To modify the file:
- Log into cPanel.
- In the Files section, click the File Manager icon.
- In the pop-up box, select Web Root and check the box for Show Hidden Files (dotfiles), then click Go.
- From the left navigation menu in File Manager, click public_html to expand the folder.
- Click the folder containing the WordPress installation.
- On the right side of the File Manager screen, locate the wp-config-sample.php file.
- Right click on the file, select Rename and change the name of the file to wp-config.php. Click the Rename File button.
- Right-click on the wp-config.php file and select Code Edit. When the file opens, look for the following information:
/** MySQL database username */
/** MySQL database password */
- Replace database_name_here with the name of the database you created (above in Step 3: Create MySQL Database and User See Below).
- Replace username_here with the username of the database you created.
- Replace password_here with the password of the database that you created.
- When done editing, click the Save Changes button, then close the file.
Step 5: Run the Installation
Open a new browser window and go to the installation page to run the installation script. Depending on where you installed the script, you will find it at either of the following URLs:
Be sure to replace yourdomain.com in the example above with your actual domain name. You should now see a welcome page that says “Welcome to the famous five minute WordPress installation process!”
Step 6: Complete the Installation
On this page, fill in the fields for:
- Site Name
- Password (needs to be entered twice)
- Email address (login information will be sent to this email address)
- Select whether or not to have the search engines index the site
Click Install Now, and you should be taken to the final screen, showing the following message: Success! WordPress has been installed.