How to Install WordPress on Your Web Server
WordPress is the most popular content management system (CMS) out there. Millions of people who run online business use WordPress to create websites and blogs with beautiful designs. Many web-hosting companies provide direct support for WordPress as well. This tutorial will teach you how to install WordPress on your web server.
Most of the users of WordPress are new to this technology and have limited knowledge of how server-side programs work. Many web-hosting companies provide you with one-click installation of WordPress on your web server, automatically creating all the necessary things—database, user accounts, etc. However, if your web hosting company does not support WordPress, then you can follow these instructions.
Apache is the preferred web server to run WordPress. In order to install WordPress on your web server, you need the following things.
Shell (command line tool) access or FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access to your web server
Text editing program
An FTP Client (example, FileZilla)
Your web host should provide support for PHP 5.2.4 or higher and MySQL 5.0 or higher
The latest release of WordPress is 4.4.2, and it comes in ZIP or tar.gz format of approximately 7.4 MB.
Installation of WordPress
1- Download the WordPress package and extract the contents
2-As the first step, you have to create a database and a user account to use with the WordPress installation. You should look at the support pages of your hosting provider to learn how to create a MySQL database and a user account. If you are using hosting providers recommended by WordPress, the database and user account will be automatically created for you.
3- Find the file ‘wp-config-sample.php’ from WordPress folder and change it to ‘wp-config.php’.
4- Edit the wp-config.php file; within the file, you will find indicators like ‘putyourdbnamehere’ and ‘yourpasswordhere’. Replace these values with the actual values of your database and user account. Save the ‘wp-config.php’ file.
5- After this is done, upload the modified contents of WordPress directory to the desired location on your web server (to the root directory or to specific directory you have created for the blog).
6- Open your browser, and run the script at ‘wp-admin/install.php’; this script can be found at the directory where you installed WordPress or just go to main WordPress directory.
Once the ‘install.php’ script has finished running, WordPress will display the notification of a successful installation.
WordPress is a completely free, open-source, and semantic publishing platform for the web. You can either create a blog at WordPress.com with WordPress’s free hosting, or download the CMS from WordPress.org and use it on your own web server. In the second case, any advertisement revenues you generate are entirely yours. As you can see, the installation of WordPress is straightforward. WordPress not only is feature-rich and free, but also gives unmatched support for search engine optimization. This will help you make a professional-looking, profitable blog.