Installing a Fresh Copy of WordPress

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WordPress is well-known for its ease of installation. Under most circumstances, WordPress installation is a very simple process and takes less that five minutes to complete.

In this article we explain how to install WordPress via FTP.

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Before WordPress Installation

There are some points to consider before installing WordPress.

Buying a Domain Name

There are many different companies (NameCheap, Register, …) which allow you to register domains (http://yourwebsite.com). For the WordPress installation, it doesn’t make a difference which company you buy the domain from.

Choosing a Good Web Host

Choosing a good web host is critical for the performance and success of your website. Before purchasing a web host, contact the host provider and make sure they support the minimum server requirements for WordPress and the Jupiter theme as explained in the Checking server requirements article.

Necessary Softwares

You’ll need to use some common software for the WordPress installation.


Installing WordPress via FTP

You’ll need to first upload the WordPress files to the server via FTP, then create a database and install it through the WordPress installation wizard.

To install WordPress:

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Download the latest version of WordPress and extract the zip files to your computer.
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Open FileZilla (or your FTP client) and connect to your web host. Then go to the public_html directory and upload all the WordPress files and directories to the public_html.
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Note: Contact your hosting provider to get your FTP credentials.
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Note: If you want to install WordPress in your root domain name (like yourwebsite.com), then you’ll need to upload the WordPress files to your website’s root directory. Usually this directory is called /public_html/.

If you want to install WordPress to a subfolder (like yourwebsite.com/blog), then upload it to that folder /public_html/blog/

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Log into your web host control panel (in this example, cPanel) then click on the MySQL Databases icon to create a database for the WordPress installation.
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On the MySQL Databases page, enter a name for your WordPress database and then click on the Create Database button.
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Go to the MySQL Users section of the above page and fill out the Add New User form. Then click on the Create User button to create a user for the database. 
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Go to the Add User To Database section of the above page, select the created database and user, and click on the Add button. On the next page, select all the checkboxes, and click on the Make Changes button.
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From your browser go to your site address (http://yoursite.com). If you’ve done the previous steps correctly, you should be able to see the language selection page. Choose your language and click on the Continue button.
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Click on the “Let’s go!” button on the next page.
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Enter the database and its user information on the next page. For security reasons, change the Table Prefix to a random string.
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Click on the “Run the install” button on the next page.
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Enter your site and admin user information on the next page, and click on the “Install WordPress” button.
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Finally, you will be redirected to the login page where you can log into your WordPress site.
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