How to Manually Install WordPress

Have you ever wondered how web developers create their own website? I bet you have imagined putting up your own website but simply could not because you have no idea how it is done. Cheer up! You don’t need to be a programmer or a tech savvy to have a website. This can be done by simply installing a WordPress website!

Most popular websites today are using WordPress because it is highly customizable and offers a lot of ready to use themes for free but if you have some extra cash you can find paid themes that has more features. In addition to this, there are thousands of plugins you can use to customize add more functions to wordpress website.

Learn how to install wordpress by following these 5 simple steps:

Step 1: Download the WordPress installation package from, then unzip the file.

Step 2: Install the WordPress files to your server. You can do this by copying the extracted files to your server. There are many ways to upload files to your server from your computer. You can upload files via FTP applications like Filezilla or via cPanel then go to File Manager, then upload files.

Note: If you want to use the wordpress as your main website then you have to install the files in your root directory or if you just want it to be part of your existing website, just create another folder on the root directory and upload wordpress file inside that folder.

Step 3: Create a MySQL Database and User. Login to your cPanel, and under Databases click the option “Create a Database”, then enter all required information like username, password and database name. Make sure to click the “All Privileges” checkbox then click Finish.

Step 4: Now edit wp-config-sample.php, you can find this file inside the folder where you installed wordpress. You can edit this file via FTP or cPanel.

Open wp-config-sample.php and look for the codes below:

/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’);

/** MySQL database username */
define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’);

/** MySQL database password */
define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’);

/** MySQL hostname */
define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

All the information you have created on step 3 must be inserted here. Change ‘database_name_here’ to your database name, ‘username_here’ to your username, ‘password_here’ to your password, ‘localhost’ to your localhost name.

Do not remove the single quote ‘ ’. It must be something like this define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘thegeekcube’);

Save the file and rename it into wp-config.php.

Step 5: Open your web browser and enter this url, change the to your domain name. (i.e You need to select a language from the list and click continue.


You should see a page that says “Welcome to the famous five-minute WordPress installation process! …..”


All you need to do now is just fill in all the fields for Site Name, Username, Password, and Email Address. Then click Install WordPress. That’s it! You now have installed the wordpress successfully!

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