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How to Manually Install WordPress Using FTP

We've listed the steps on how you can manually install Wordpress through FTP in a breeze. But before you proceed, please be sure to read the reminders below:
  1. Review the folder or sub-folder your domain is pointing to.
    Since you can have more than one domain, you need to be specific where you want your WordPress installed. WordPress will install itself to the same folder or sub-folder that your domain currently points to.
  2. Are you installing WordPress where the domain is pointing or to a subdirectory from where the domain is pointing?
    Most WordPress websites are installed directly into 'www.your-domain.com'. However, we provide the option to let you install into a subdirectory such as 'www.your-domain.com/blog'. If you do not have a preference, we recommend installing into just 'www.your-domain.com'.
  3. Confirm that your directory is ready to have WordPress installed.
    If you already have content in the directory where you want to install WordPress, it could stop your installation. If your directory already has an older WordPress installation, you will need to remove the old installation before adding a new one. Be sure to check for hidden files as well when cleaning out the directory.

If you are done checking and setting up where your domain should point to, then you're now ready to install WordPress manually!

WordPress Manual Installation Process:

Part 1: Prepare a Blank Database

WordPress will need a blank database to populate data with. You can easily create a blank database by using the MySQL Database tool.

  1. Log into your account Hosting Dashboard.
    Hosting Dashboard
  2. On the left pane, click the MySQL Management.
    MySQL Management
  3. Click on the plus sign to add a MySQL database.
    Add MySQL Database
  4. Type in your desired database name and then click the Next button.
    Set the name of new database
  5. Type your preferred username and password for this database. Then click the Save button.
    Type your preferred username and password
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Part 2: Download and Upload the WordPress files

You can either unzip the files before you upload them or after you upload them. The following steps outline how to unzip the files before you upload them.

  1. Download WordPress from WordPress.org.
    Download WordPress
  2. Unzip the wordpress.zip file using decompression software (such as 7zip, WinRar or Winzip).
  3. Connect to your hosting account using an FTP Client.
  4. Upload the unzipped WordPress files into the directory of your choice.
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Part 3: Configure the wp-config.php file

This step must be completed to ensure the correct database information is associated with the WordPress installation.
The wp-config-sample.php file is in File Manager in the folder where WordPress is installed.
To modify the file:
  1. Access your File Manager. See File Management: Navigating File Manager.
  2. In the Files section, click the File Manager icon.
  3. From the left navigation menu in File Manager, click public_html to expand the folder.
  4. Click the folder containing the WordPress installation.
  5. On the right side of the File Manager screen, locate the wp-config-sample.php file.
    wp-config sample file
  6. Click the 3-dotted icon on the far right of the file, select Rename, and change the name of the file to wp-config.php. Click the checkmark to save the change. 
  7. Click the 3-dotted icon again on the far right of the wp-config.php file and select Edit. When the file opens, look for the following information:
    edit wp-config file
  8. Update the values ‘database_name_here’ with the MySQL database name, ‘username_here’ with the MySQL database username, and ‘password_here’ with the MySQL database password you have created in the Manage MySQL page of the control panel for the WordPress application installation. Please replace ‘localhost’ with the MySQL Server Name that can be found by going to MySQL Management, then click the Manage button right next to the database name. The next window will show the details about the DataBase Name and MySQL Server Name.

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Part 4: Initiate the WordPress Installation Script

Open a new browser window and go to the installation page. Depending on where you installed your WordPress files, you will find it at either of the following URLs:


You should now see a welcome page below.

WordPress Installation Page
Fill in the fields for:
  • Site Name
  • Username
  • Password (needs to be entered twice)
  • Email address (login information will be sent to this email address)
  • Select whether or not to have the search engines index the site
Then click Install Now, and you should be taken to the final screen showing that WordPress has been successfully installed!

Want to learn more about WordPress?

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WordPress: Tutorial Videos To help you easily grasp the basics of creating a WordPress website, you have created several free tutorial videos. These videos were designed to be followed in order, but you are welcome to view whichever one best suits your needs.

You can always check out WordPress.org and browse their codex or online help forums.

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