So now it is time to install WordPress. Installation of WordPress is very specific to the hosting provider you selected. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you follow the instructions given from your hosting provider.
If you purchased a WordPress hosting account as recommended in the last part of this tutorial, setting up WordPress is easy – because your hosting provider does it all for you! You simply set up your MySQL database and choose the username and password to your website. The hosting provider will then install WordPress for you. This could take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.
When the installation is complete, you can login to your website. You will then see the WordPress dashboard, where you can begin to design your website. It’s that easy!
If you purchased a web hosting account, without WordPress, then you will need to manually install it yourself. This is simple but takes a little bit more time than having your hosting provider do it for you. First, download the latest version of Wordpress. Manually installing it will vary by your hosting provider, so check their website for specific directions.
To install WordPress on a hosting account through GoDaddy, a popular hosting provider, you will need to have a web hosting account with a MySQL database; login information to your FTP; and the latest version of WordPress.
Login to your hosting account and click on “manage” next to the web hosting plan you want to install WordPress into. In the databases section of the control panel, click the MySQL icon. You are going to be adding a MySQL database, which is necessary for WordPress to operate. Click “add” and fill out the required information. It may takes a few minutes to create your database. Take your file of WordPress and upload it using an FTP client such as Filezilla to your hosting account. Go to the installation page on your website and click “create a configuration page.” You will need to enter your database, username, password, database host, and other information that you received previously. Then, your website will begin to install WordPress. Once it is finished, you can login to your website and see the WordPress dashboard, and begin to design your website.
Purchasing a WordPress hosting package makes this process a lot simpler, especially if you are not technically savvy. Make sure you read over the directions provided by your web host when installing your version of WordPress.
Now you have your website up and running, but it is pretty plain looking. You probably want to add some elements to it and make it look really cool. Themes are a great way to do that. In the next section, we’ll talk about how to select a great theme for your website.