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How to install WordPress

WordPress is well known for its ease of installation. Under the most circumstances, installing of WordPress is a very easy process and takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

Before you begin the install, there are a few things you need to have and do:

Before installing WordPress, you need to check that your web hosting plan fulfills the necessary software.

Requirements on the server

PHP 7.3 or greater

MySQL 5.6 or MariaDB 10.1 or greater

Requirements on local

Login Account (user id and password) to the server via FTP or shell

Text Editor


Web browser of choice

You will need to know how to use a text editor to edit the main configuration file. If you are a Windows user, Notepad will do. If you are a Linux user you can use “TextEdit”.

You will need to be able to use an FTP program to upload files and set file permissions. You could choose FileZilla for this task.

Now you are all set to go for Installation:

Basic Instructions

Download and unzip the WordPress package.

Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL (or MariaDB) user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.

(Optional) Find and rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php, then edit the file and add your database information.

Upload the WordPress files to the desired location on your web server:

If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g., move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (excluding the WordPress directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.

If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your website (e.g., create the swblog directory on your server and upload the contents of the unzipped WordPress package to the directory via FTP.

Note: If your FTP client has an option to convert file names to lower case, make sure it’s disabled.

Run the WordPress installation script by accessing the URL in a web browser. This should be the URL where you uploaded the WordPress files.

If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit:

If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called swblog, for example, you should visit:

That’s it! WordPress should now be installed…

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