How to install WordPress on your own Web server

How to install WordPress on your own Web server

Did you know that you can install WordPress on your own web server? If you didn't know, you can download WordPress from the official repository and run it independently. The purpose of this article is to show you how to install WordPress in 5 simple steps. As a requirement, you need to have access to a website server supporting MySQL and PHP. You might also use localhost(XAMPP, WAMP...). Before you get started, check if your server has all the requirements to run WordPress application. You will find some of the basic requirements to install WordPress by visiting this page: WordPress Server requirements.

5 simples steps to install WordPress on a Web server

Follow these simple steps in your want to install WordPress on your web server. You can feel free to contact us if you face difficulties. In this case, I am using an Apache Web Server.

Step 1: Create a database and installation Folder

In your server,(it might differ from server to servers) :
  • locate the link MySQL® Databases. Click on the link
  • Create a database under the title new database
  • If you don't yet have a username, create one under the title MySQL Users
  • Assign a User to the database you created. Select privileges you want to give to the user
  • Write your credential somewhere as you will need it to install WordPress
If you haven't yet created an installation folder, create one. The installation folder is where your new Website files will be hosted

Step 2: Download WordPress installation zip file from the WordPress repository

You will find all the Wordpress release from this website: Wordpress Release. Click on the link and download the version that you want to use. I will recommend downloading the latest version as it is more secure and has better features than the previous ones. For instance, The current latest version is 4.9.6.

Step 3: Upload, unzip and load the installation folder on your webserver

Once you have downloaded the installation zip file to your computer, you can go ahead and import your installation folder. For example, if you intend to run your website under www.yourwebsite.com/test/, upload under .../test/. Furthermore, you will need to unzip the file under the folder. Additional, you will see that the unzip files are in the main directory WordPress. Open, the main directory and move all the files from .../WordPress to the installation folder. Finally, you can delete the empty WordPress folder(if you want) and load your URL on the browser to start the installation process.

Step 4: Enter your database information.

At this stage, you will see the WordPress welcome message with some helpful instructions. As a matter of fact, if you read that instruction carefully, you will be ready to go. Because you might not pay attention, I will complete the steps.
  • Click on let go! to go to the next screen
  • You will have to enter your database information. In fact, those are the one you created. In addition to that, you will need the hostname(in most cases localhost). If your hostname is different, check your server specifications
  • click on the submit button to continue

Step 5: Enter your admin information

If your database connexion were successful. you will be redirected to a screen asking you to start with the installation. In fact, you won't be able to go to the next step if something went wrong. Because of that, you will need to check your database credentials or hostname. Hence, copy your credential somewhere to avoid issues or reset your password(in case you forgot).
  • click on launch installation
  • And finally, enter the required information
  • click on install WordPress
Just for your information(You will surely guess by reading on the screen), you will be asked the Website name, username, password, and email. I hope this will help you to build your WordPress website. If you like this article, please share it with your friends and relatives.