In order to get your website started using WordPress, you will need to install the software directly onto a web server. The following items will be needed prior to downloading the WordPress software. Please make note that you will be setting up several username and passwords, so it’s best to keep track of these in one secure place.
- Web Host. First and foremost, you will need a web host. For this setup, we will be using SiteGround. You have the option of purchasing a domain name directly from the site, so this saves time and money from purchasing it on another site such as GoDaddy.
- FTP Credentials. The credentials are provided by your web host so make sure you have this information handy.
- Database. You will need to setup a database within your web host, so access the MySQL Database section in your cPanel. In addition to creating the database, you will need to setup a user(s) to grant access to the database.
- FTP Client. You’ll need a desktop application that enables you to transfer files from your computer to the web server. Some popular applications are Cyberduck and Transmit. I love anything that’s free, so Cyberduck is my choice at the moment.
Now that you have these items setup, you’re ready for the installation process! Now WordPress calls this the 5-minute installation, but this holds true only when the previous items have been setup and you’re ready with the information.
- Download Software. Click the Download WordPress button on the wordpress.org website and double-check that it’s the latest version of the software.
- Transfer files. Using the FTP Client you’ve chosen (Cyberduck in my case), you will then transfer the files into your public_html file. If you’ve been sitting there for a solid minute now waiting for the files to transfer… you’re moving in the right direction. Go refill your drink.
- Configuration. Once the files have all transferred over, you can type in your website’s URL into your web browser. The browser will then direct you the screen that will begin the configuration process. This is where the database information will come in handy, so be sure you wrote down the database and user names and passwords.
- Install. The last screen is where you will give your website a name and create a username and password to access the admin controls within WordPress. At the bottom, click Install WordPress.
Congratulations! You’re all setup and ready to begin posting on your site!
After installation, you’ll immediately be directed to the WP dashboard where all the magic happens. This is where you can begin creating blog posts, add images to your media library, manage plugins, and much more.
The quickest way to access this dashboard is to type in “/wp-admin” after your website’s URL. The page will automatically take you to the login screen.