In this article I’ll show you the steps to install WordPress by downloading the latest version and placing the files in your hosting server.
Downloading the installation files
WordPress provides a complete source and installer zip file from the site http://www.wordpress.org. Just click the “Download WordPress (current version)” button.
The download will start and a cool message will be displayed!
Uploading your WordPress file to your server
Once the file has been downloaded, go to your hosting server CPanel and select the File Manager Option in the Files Section
In this page you will see all the folders and files in your server. The one we are particularly interested in is public_html.
The elements inside the public_html folder are the ones that can be seen in our website by the external users. In order to install WordPress we can create a sub-folder as indicated on the image below where we can upload our file. In this example we will be adding the WordPress zip file directly in public_html.
Click on the Upload option in the menu.
Next click on Select File
And look for the file that was downloaded previously.
Once the file is selected, the upload progress bar will be displayed.
Once the zip file is uploaded it will be shown in the public_html folder as indicated below.
The next step is to extract the file by right clicking on it and selecting the extract option
A small window will be displayed where you can select where the file contents will be extracted. In this case, we left it as it is and the files will be placed on the public_html folder.
On the extraction process is completed, a message with the extracted files are displayed in a new window.
The WordPress zip file is extracted as a folder named wordpress. Inside that folder we can find all the files necessary to install and run WordPress.
If you don’t want your WordPress installation inside the wordpress folder you can double click on it to access it.
Select all the files and sub-folders and right click over to display the actions menu. From here you can select the Move option.
In the next window you specify the new location of all the elements to be moved.
Adding a database for our website data.
WordPress requires a database to save certain information as your posts, pages, configurations, users, etc. Go to your main page in your CPanel and look for the Databases Section.
In this section we need to select MySQL Databases.
First type the name for the database (use letters and numbers) and click on Create Database
The following step is to create the user that will have access to the database. In this part you need to add the username and also a password.
WordPress can also create a random password for you by clicking on the Password Generator button. Once you have copied your password, check the I have copied this password in a safe place and click on the Use Password button
To finish creating the user, click on the Create User button.
Now we need to add the user to the database by selecting the name of the newly created database and the username. Click on Add
In this example, we are considering a development stage site, so we are assigning all privileges to the user. This will allow our WordPress installation to add or delete plugins and themes and also perform security updates.
In other articles we will explain some special considerations for database privileges to have an optimal security level in our site.