General WordPress installation

This tutorial is for installing WordPress on your server. If you don´t have a server yet we recommend you the Hostgator server as it has a pre-installation of WordPress. It will save you a little bit of time. For starting a blog with WordPress with your own domain, you should follow the instructions at our how to start a blog tutorial. If you already have a server (but without a WordPress installation), keep reading this article.

First of all you have to check if your server is appropriated for using WordPress (some servers are not). Your server has to support PHP and has at least one MySQL database. For the database you need a valid username and password. WordPress will save all your posts, comments, etc.  in that database. Without a database you can´t install WordPress.

Once you know that you can install the content management system on your server you have to download the installing script from the official website http://wordpress.org/. Download always the latest version. Once you downloaded it to your computer open the compressed zip file (unzip it). Next step is uploading the whole bunch of files to your server using a FTP (file transfer protocol) program.  Depending on your server you should upload it to your www or htdocs file. You also can create a new file for keeping your server clean.

Starting the installation:
Once you uploaded the necessary files to your server you can access the installation page. You have to use your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc.) for it. Go to you domain. The full address is your domain /wp-admin/install.php. If you created a new file when uploading everything, you have to add it in the address. On the install.php website you will get a message saying that your configuration file doesn´t exist. You just have to press on “create configuration file” for creating it.

During the next steps you will be asked to fill some data in some fields. First information is used for your data base. You have to add your username, password, database name and optional a prefix. The prefix is necessary if you need the database for more than just one WordPress installation (several blogs on the server or scripts that use databases). As prefix you just have to write something similar to “wp_”. After filling this information in the fields the main WordPress installation starts. At the end you have to add your e-mail address, user name and password. This information is for getting access to the WordPress menu (for posting and setting it up). Don´t use the same username and password as before (database configuration).

After that you finished the installation. Now you can access to the WordPress menu writing your domain followed by /wp_admin/ 
Check for updates and after that start setting up your personalized blog.  You have to change the permalinks, and you can choose another theme and install some useful plug-ins. After that you can create your first post.

As some server charge you some additional dollars for installing WordPress, we recommend you to avoid it following our How to start a blog guide. We searched a cheap server that offers a good service. You shouldn´t have any problems while installing the content management system if you follow the tutorial.