Most hosts have a function to automatically install WordPress for you to start using it easily.  But if they don’t, or it is a host that puts restrictions on your install, you can manually install WordPress.

Before you start you need to set up a new database, this is simple, find the database option in your cpanel, or control panel once logged in.  Set up a new one and make a note of the details

  • User name
  • Database Name
  • Password

You should also make sure your domain is pointing at the correct database / hosting folder

If you don’t have access via ftp set up, you need to set it up and using a program like Filezilla connect to your host.

  1. Connect to the domain via ftp to make sure you have access
  2. Download the WordPress files from (top right button on site)
  3. Unzip the WordPress file and open up the wp-config-sample.php file
  4. The section in the file in red edit with the details you have. Save the file and rename it wp-config
  5. Some hosts you need to change the MySQL hostname – if you have that and it is different to ‘localhost’ change that too


// ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //

/** The name of the database for WordPress */

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here‘);

/** MySQL database username */

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here‘);

/** MySQL database password */

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here‘);

/** MySQL hostname */

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

/** Database Charset to use in creating database tables. */

define(‘DB_CHARSET’, ‘utf8’);

/** The Database Collate type. Don’t change this if in doubt. */

define(‘DB_COLLATE’, ”);


  1. Save the file and rename it wp-config.php
  2. Upload all the files via ftp to the domain
  3. When you then go to the domain in a browsers you will get a wordpress window that asks you to name the site and add a user and password et
  4. Then you should be able to login to the wordpress install

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