How to install WordPress
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in use today.
According to alexa.com, it powers over a quarter of the web including some of the most visited sites on the internet.
It’s not surprising then that a large proportion of our incoming technical enquiries are WordPress related. As such we thought we’d use our expertise to produce a series of weekly tutorials, starting with how to install WordPress and working our way through to optimising it.
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How to install WordPress if you have a Clook shared or re-seller account
How to install WordPress manually
Visit http://wordpress.org/download/ and download the latest version of WordPress
Using an FTP client or cPanel’s file manager, upload the WordPress file downloaded in step 1 to your hosting account.
I want my WordPress install to run from www.mysite.com, so I’ll upload the file to the document root folder, which is normally public_html or www.
If you want WordPress to run in a sub-folder like www.mysite.com/blog/ you need to extract the content to the relevant sub-folder. In this case /public_html/blog
Once the file has uploaded, extract it. If you’re using cPanel, you simply highlight the file within cPanel > File Manager and click extract
Create a database for WordPress
Create a MySQL database and assign a user to it through cPanel > MySQL Databases.
You’ll need the database and database user details shortly, so have them handy.
Now that you have uploaded and extracted the files for WordPress and created a database and database user, you can proceed with the installation by using a browser to visit the URL where you uploaded the files in step 2
In step 2 I uploaded and extracted the files in the public_html folder and so will navigate to www.mysite.com to proceed with the installation
Choose your language and click continue
Click the “Let’s go!” button
Enter the database details created in Step 3. Clook customers can leave the Database host as localhost, if you want to change the Table Prefix that is entirely up to you.
Click the “Run the install” button
Enter the details for the website and click the “Install WordPress” button
Your site should now be live
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