Now that you have your own WordPress hosting, it is time to install WordPress.
WordPress have always been excited to let you know that installing WordPress can be done within 5 minutes. You can be up and running and it is very easy to do once you know how.

This tutorial will take you step by step through installing and setting up WordPress. It will cover the three most common methods of installing WordPress.

First we will install WordPress on cPanel’s Softaculous installer for hosted websites. Then we will install WordPress manually on a hosting server for those that do not have any easy WordPress installers on their server. Finally, we will cover how to install WordPress on our local machine for designers and developers to take advantage of.

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Steps to take before installing WordPress

Before you install WordPress online, you need to purchase a domain name so that people will be able to reach your website. You also need WordPress hosting so that your website can be administered.

When it comes to WordPress hosting, we recommend Bluehost if you are just getting started or WP Engine if you need a little bit more power.

This tutorial is rather large and certain parts may not apply to you so use the below links to skip to the relevant sections.


How to install WordPress using Softaculous

Softaculous Logo Softaculous is a popular and easy to use web application installer script. It allows you to install a number of popular content management systems like WordPress.
It is pre-installed on many popular WordPress hosting providers such as [eafl id=”57″ name=”Siteground” text=”SiteGround Hosting”].

Using Softaculous makes installing WordPress extremely simple.

How to install WordPress manually using FTP

Installing WordPress manually on your hosting server via FTP is slightly more involved than using Softaculous but still very simple.

We will be using a file transfer application to transfer the WordPress files to your server through a File Transfer Protocol (FTP) connection.
If you do not have a preferred FTP application, you can download Filezilla. It is a free FTP application that works on Windows and Mac computers.
We prefer to use Transmit but it is a paid application for Mac computers so for this tutorial we will be using Filezilla.

We will use WordPress’s famous 5 minute install process once the files and database have been setup.

How to install WordPress on my computer

If you are just beginning with WordPress, you may be wondering, what do I need to install to run my WordPress website on my computer.
The answer can be one of two answers:

  1. If you are wanting to publish your website to the world wide web then you do not need to install anything on your computer. You run WordPress from WordPress hosting that you purchase from a website hosting company. All that you need on your computer is access to the internet and a web browser – Likely the one you are using to read this guide.
  2. If you are a designer or developer who is not wanting to show the website to anyone but yourself then creating a local WordPress install is the way to go. You can setup a WordPress install on your computer using either XAMPP or WAMP for windows computers or MAMP for Mac computers. The software creates a virtual server on your computer where you can use WordPress as if it were online but it is only accessible on your own computer.

What to do after installing WordPress

Now that you have installed WordPress, there are a number of things you can do right away to make your site awesome.

Choose a theme
The visual side of WordPress is controlled by WordPress themes. There are thousands of themes available that suit all types of niches.

We make our own theme called Trisense. We think its great but it is not suited for everybody.

If you’re the type that wants to be able to do absolutely everything from a visual drag and drop interface then you may want to look at ThemeForest or the WordPress theme directory.

Installing Plugins
Plugins are what gives WordPress extra features and abilities that aren’t usually available by default.

Like themes, there are literally thousands of plugins available to suit your needs. WordPress maintains a huge list of plugins in the WordPress Plugins Directory. There are over 52,000 plugins available.

If you cant find what you are looking for in the WordPress directory then you will surely find a paid plugin that you are looking for at CodeCanyon.

Learn to use WordPress
WordPress is the most popular Content Management System (CMS) in the world. Tens of Millions of people use WordPress to power their websites.

WordPress does have a learning curve for people who are new to it.

Our team have been working with WordPress since 2010 and teaching WordPress since 2013. WP Absolute aims to be your number one resource to learning WordPress. View all of our guides on our blog.


We hope this guide helped to shed some light on how to install WordPress on your own. Let us know in the comments if you were able to install WordPress following this tutorial.

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