This tutorial is an easy article on how to install wordpress onto your site, in five minutes! If you have any problems, please leave a comment below.
In order to use this technique, you will need cPanel access to your site. Unless I say so, don’t close any of the windows or tabs that you open.
Go to wordpress.org and download the latest version of wordpress. The version I am using in this tutorial is 3.0.4, however these steps should work with all recent and future versions.
Log in to your cPanel.
Click on file manager. I insistent on using the File Manager, and not FTP, as FTP requires you to upload each file individually, while File Manager doesn’t.
Now that you’re inside your file manager, type in the location that you would like wordpress to be installed.
Once the list of files and folders finishes loading, click on the upload button.
Clicking this opens a new tab or window where you can upload files. Select the Browse… button, find the location of the zipped file, and then click open. Make sure you are uploading the .zip file.
A blue bar will appear, and some information will appear under it.
Wait for it to read “Complete”, as shown below.
Once this has happened, click on Back to /home/yoursite/public_html found at the bottom of the page.
This takes you back to your file manager, where the zipped wordpress file can be found.
Once the File Manager has finished reloading all the files, select the zippedwordpress file by clicking on it once. Then select the extract file at the top of the page.
A window will pop up. Unless you want to change the location of your wordpress, don’t change anything here, and click on Extract File(s).
A new window will pop up called Extraction Results. Click close at the bottom of the window.
If you notice, there is a new folder called wordpress in your File Manager.
Double click on this file to open it, then click on the Select all button at the top of the page.
Next click on the Move File button.
A new window will show up. Here, you need to remove the part that says /wordpress, as shown below.
Once you’ve changed it, click on Move File(s). You will know the move is successful if the File Manager says This directory is empty.
Now click on Up One Level.
Select the wordpress and wordpress zipped file by clicking on one, then pressing command or ctrl and clicking the other. They will both be highlighted.
Now select the Delete button at the top of the page.
Now we can visit your site. Go to whereever you installed the file, then add
wp-admin/install.php to the end of the link. For example, I would use http://www.enchantmenot.info/wp-admin/install.php. An error page will appear. Click on Create a Configuration File
This will bring you to a page explaining the problem – just click on the Let’s go! button at the bottom.
This will bring you to a new page.
Here we need to fill out your MySQL Database information. Go back to your cPanel, and click on the MySQL Databases button in the Databases tab.
This brings you to the MySQL Database Page. You will need to create a new database, create a new user, assign the database to the user. If you are unsure of how to do this, read this article on how to create a MySQL Database through your cPanel.
Keep track of the password you use for your database, as it’s hard to get it back.
Go back to the WordPress Set up Configuration page, and enter your database information. The Table Prefix is used in your MySQL Database, unless you plan on having more than one Database on your site, I suggest you leave it as it is. Once you’ve filled out all the information, click on submit.
At this point, one of two things will happen. The first is that you’ll be brought to a page saying that the Database can communicate with WordPress. Here, all you have to do is click on Run the Install.
If you don’t get this option, but instead get a page saying it wasn’t possible to create wp-config.php, with a textarea full of text, you just have a few more steps to go. Copy all the text inside the textarea.
Now go back to your File Manager, and locate the file wp-config.sample.php. Right click on this file, and select Edit.
A new window will open up. Just click on Edit at the bottom.
This will open up a new page. Select everything in this page, and delete it. Then paste everything you copied from the other textarea. Click on Save Changes at the top of the page.
It will bring you to a page confirming your file has been saved. Click on Go back to the File Manager.
Go to the wp-config.php file, right click, and select rename.
You will rename the file as wp-config.php.
You can now go back to your site with wp-admin/install.php after the URL of your site’s wordpress, and voila. You are done!
You can now fill out the information into the form, and your wordpress will work!
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section below.