How to Install WordPress

This tutorial shows you how to install WordPress on your web hosting account. While that may sound complicated, it’s pretty easy. WordPress is famous for its legendary five-minute installation. That’s not an exaggeration either. If anything you’ll have WordPress up and running in well under five minutes. Once you’ve got all the pieces in place, that is.

Every web hosting account is just a bit different, so this screencast demonstrates a couple of different ways to install WordPress: from your web host’s control panel (I demonstrate both DreamHost and cPanel) as well as the manual installation method.

This tutorial also helps you decide which installation method is best for your hosting situation. In most cases, you’ll be able to install WordPress using a simple one-click process (highly recommended).

If you want to explore WordPress on your personal computer, see this lesson forĀ instructions on how to install WordPress on your Windows computer or Mac.

Before You Start Installing WordPress

If you do need to perform a manual installation be sure to line up the following before you start:

  • A web hosting account for your WordPress website.
  • Access to your web hosting control panel.
  • WordPress – download from
  • An FTP program to transfer WordPress to your web server.
  • FTP login credentials for your web hosting account. You won’t be able to make an FTP connection to your server without these.
  • MySQL login credentials. You’ll need this to create the database that WordPress uses to store your content.

Make a note of the WordPress username and password you choose during installation. That’s your WordPress login. You need it to start building your website.

If any of this looks daunting, then try the one-click installation first. Again, it’s all covered in this short video. If you need more help with WordPress, be sure to signup for our free WordPress Quick Start course.

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