How to setup, install and start WordPress blog on your web server

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WordPress is the most preferred CMS for bulding a blog. If you loking to run one of your own, follow our stepwsie tutorial to get started.

Step1: Setup WordPress to web server

After purchasing a domain name and hosting space for the blog, you’ll have a username and password of your CPanel. Now do the following,

1. First download the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org.

2. Extract the downloaded WordPress files and see the ‘wordpress’ folder inside the extracted WordPress x.x.x folder.

extract wordpress files

3. Next reach your web server using an FTP program like FileZilla, by entering the given username and password.

4. Now drag the ‘wordpress’ folder from your system to server’s ‘www’ folder. By doing so you’ll upload all WordPress files to your web server. Uploading will take some time, so be a patient.

upload wordpress to web server using FTP

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5. Once the process completes, close FileZilla and login to your server (www.yourwebsite.com/cpanel) using the same username and password.

6. Next step is to build your database. WordPress needs a database where all blogs and data will reside.

Step2: Creating database for WordPress

1. On cPanel, first click on ‘MySQL databases’.

setup wordpress blog-database and user creation

2. Create database with your desired name.

setup wordpress blog-create database

3. Add a user. Choose a strong password and remember it. We’ll need this in coming steps.

setup wordpress blog website-create user

4. And finally add user to the database.

setup wordpress blog-add user to database

5. While adding you’ll be asked for control that a user has over the database. Select ‘All Privileges’ to finish the step.

setup wordpress blog-give full permissions

6. Now its time to install WordPress and making required changes in few files.

Step3: Install WordPress

1. Once all the above mentioned steps are done. Open the ‘wordpress’ folder inside website’s root ‘www’ folder and rename the file ‘wp-config-sample.php’ to ‘wp-config.php’.

rename file to configure wordpress blog

2. Next open this ‘wp-config.php’ file and enter the database name, username and password that you provided while creating the database. [Here I have used different one so don’t get confused by it]

edit wp-config file to start wordpress website

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3. Next go to yourwebsite.com/wordpress/wp-admin/install.php. Enter required information when you see a page like this.

start wordpress installation

4. Click ‘Log In’ to finish the step. Your wordpress is successfully installed and is almost ready to use.

wordpress installed on web server

5. You’ll be then redirected to login page. Here you can login to your WordPress to post blogs. But we have last step remaining before our blog is ready.

Step4: Run WordPress blog

1. Basically all website files are hosted inside website’s root folder ie in ‘www’ folder [www>all-website-files]. But our wordpress files are located at www>wordpress>all-website-files. So we need to make some changes to inform the server about where our files are residing.

2. To do this, just copy [not move] the index.php file from www>wordpress folder to www folder.

copy index file to start wordpress

copy index file to start wordpress blog

3. Also open the file and make changes as shown below. [Replace . with wordpress as index.php is moved to a new location]

edit index file to finish wordpress installation

4. Once everything is done. Your website is ready to run. Just enter your website url and see it running.

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