Trying to figure out how to install WordPress? There are a few different methods you can use, each of which I’ll give an in-depth guide for.
By the end of this WordPress installation guide, you should be up and running with a working WordPress site and ready to start adding content.
First of all, why are there different methods for installing WordPress in the first place? The answer is simple… Because of WordPress’ popularity, there are a number of helper tools that make it easier to install the platform on different servers and hosts. As a result, there’s not simply one choice for how to install WordPress but multiple alternative ones.
In this post, I’ll give you a tutorial for each of the common methods for installing WordPress.
To give you some guidance for which method you should choose, I’ve ordered the guides from easiest to most time consuming.
If you are looking for a summary on how to install WordPress manually, here it is:
- Download the latest version of WordPress from wordpress.org
- Unzip the file and upload it to the
public_html(or similar) directory
- Create MySQL Database and User
- Configure the
- Run the WordPress install
For more details, read below:
Method #1: Choose a host that comes with WordPress pre-installed
The easiest way to install WordPress is to just pick a host that does it for you. Nowadays, many WordPress-specific hosts will let you choose to have WordPress pre-installed. That means once you sign up for hosting, you can jump straight into your WordPress site. The whole question of “how to install WordPress” is irrelevant in such a case!
Here are a few recommended hosts that will pre-install WordPress for you:
When you’re ready to sign up for a web hosting account, make sure to use one of the HostGator links on this page. Going through them will result in two things: (1) they are affiliate links, which means that we receive a small commission if you buy through them, (2) it will unlock a $3.65 vs $11.95 discounted price for you. You won’t get this discount if you visit the HostGator site in any other way.
Also, many managed WordPress hosts will pre-install WordPress for you, but the price tags on those can be higher.
Don’t worry if you already picked a different host, though. Most other hosts still make it super easy to install WordPress. But you will need to click at least a few buttons. More on that in the next section: