WordPress Basics: How to Install WordPress on Your Own Domain

With so many inexpensive web hosting sites out there, it is only natural to want to install blogging programs on your own domain. Depending on whether you use cPanel or Plesk, this process can vary. There are one click install options but those do not always work as intended. Therefore, in this short guide, we will show you how to integrate WordPress in several ways to optimize the chances of successful set up.

Minimum Requirements Check

Servers and Computer Languages

First thing you need to do is make sure that you and/or your web hosting provider have the minimal preconditions to run WordPress on the site. These include:

  • PHP version 5.6 or better
  • MySQL version 5.5 or better

For Ubuntu (building on an OS then uploading to your domain)

  • 14.04 server running LAMP or LEMP

The main site recommends Apache and Nginx servers to run on, but any others will do the job just as well.

Required Information: Your FTP login information and cPanel/hosting panel login information are a must have. If you don’t have those, you cannot get into the programs to initiate any sort of set up.

Tools: A special programming text editor such as Notepad++ (free to download) that is used to make edits to code. You will also need FTP or Shell to make file transfers.

cPanel Users One Click

Fantastico is the leader of automatic set ups for programs in cPanel. This tool can be found easily in the main page after logging into your web host provider. All you have to do is enter a few details such as a username, site title, URL for the site (do you want it to be example.com or example.com/blog) and then click a button. After it is finished integrating to your site, you can login on the page it gives you then begin altering your site. This page is usually www.yoursite.com/wp-admin.

Other one click tools include:

  • Installatron
  • Softaculous
  • APS (Plesk)

Manual Installations:

Download the Files

First, you will have to go download the needed data package here. You will need it to upload later if you are doing manual installation.

Which way to do it?

With the manual route, you either have to use the 5 minute set up guide or create databases on MySQL, phpMyAdmin, etc. Databases require coding language such as C++. For beginners without database knowledge, the 5 minute guide is recommended.

Each manual option requires direct uploading to the server. It will not do it by itself even with coding which is a common misconception by newcomers.

Mac Users: Here is a simple guide to setting up local WP on your machine using phpMyAdmin.

Here you have the basics of getting WordPress onto your own domain. Doing it yourself really is the best way to optimize the software. There are no limitations on what you can place onto your site. Set up can be a bit tricky but following this basic guide shows you the minimum requirements, tools, and various ways of setting up the program will help make things go smoothly. What were your experiences trying to do this set up yourself? Do you prefer the one click install or do you prefer writing the code?

 

 

 

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