Wordpress blogs, at the time of writing, is the most popular type of blog installation on the planet. Almost everyone who is slightly technical with creating websites will know how to install WordPress.
WordPress did have a close competitor a few years ago called Movable Type. Nowadays, when you talk about installing a blog, it is assumed that you are talking about a WordPress blog.
WordPress became popular because it’s easy to install, the search engines love them, you can change its appearance easily by installing WordPress themes and it has add-ons (WordPress plugins) which enables you to easily add additional features to a blog.
It wasn’t long before it became a no-brainer to install WordPress as your main website. The following are 2 ways to install WordPress. Both have its benefits and disadvantages.
1. How to Install WordPress – WordPress 5 Minute Install
This is the fastest way to install WordPress. All you have to do is go to cPanel of your webhost and choose Fantastico De Luxe. However this type of installation is not recommended because it is an unsecure method.
2. How to Install WordPress – Manual Installation
This is the manual installation of WordPress which is complicated compared to the WordPress 5 Minute Install. However, it is the professional way to install your blog.
The installation procedures make your blog more secure so that it’s less prone to hackers. If you consider the blog important a very important part of your business, you should definitely install WordPress manually.
Watch the video below where I show you step by step on how to install WordPress manually and securely.
As you can see, a WordPress manual install takes a lot longer with slightly more tasks to do. But by following the video together with the instructions below, the WordPress install should be quite easy.
Step by Step for a WordPress manual install
1. Go to http://www.wordpress.org to download the latest WordPress installation file onto your computer.
2. Extract the installation file onto your computer (Right-click on file and select Extract Here…)
3. Use a FTP program such as FileZilla (https://filezilla-project.org/) and upload the files onto your domain.
Normally, the default folder to upload the WordPress installation files is public_html. So if your URL is say http://www.eliteghostwriters.com then visiting that page will display your blog.
But if you want to install your blog at say, http://www.eliteghostwriters.com/infoproducts then you would create a folder called infoproducts under public_html, and upload your installation files there instead.
You could create 4 folders and upload the WordPress installation files to all of them individually. Then you will have 4 WordPress blogs on one website.
4. While you are waiting for the WordPress installation files to be uploaded to your web server, go to your web host’s cPanel and click on MySQl Databases.
5. Create a database name for your blog.
6. Create a username for your blog including its password which you have to enter twice. Then to Add User To Database select the user and the database which you created and click on the ADD button.
7. When you see the box Add Privilges click on the button Make Changes.
8. Go to the folder where you installed your wordpress installation files on your PC and rename the file wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php
9. Using notepad or any text editor program and edit the file wp-config.php
10. Enter the database name, user name and password which you created previously.
10. Next scroll to the section Authentication Unique Key and Salts. You will see it mentions unique phrases. Well don’t be to alarmed!
Just copy the link https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ to a new browser window and open it. Then copy to the clipboard what you see on the screen.
11. Now go back to your wp-config-sample.php file, where you see those 8 lines of jargon and delete them. In its place, paste the 8 lines of jargon which you copied from the website previously.
12. Next, scroll down and find the line: $table_prefix = ‘wp_’;
Change the table prefix to whatever you want. e.g. $table_prefix = ‘wp_5278’;
This will change all the standard prefix wp_ in your WordPress database to something else which will make it very hard for hackers to do their business.
13. Save your wp-config.php and upload it to your web server where the wp-config-sample.php file is.
14. Delete the file wp-config-sample.php from your web server as you don’t need it anymore.
15. Now, go to your domain e.g. http://www.eliteghostwriters.com and you should see the blog installation screen.
16. Enter a name for the Site Title. Normally this is the name of your blog.
17. Enter a name for Username. This is what you would use to identify yourself every time you login to your WordPress blog.
18. Enter your password twice in Password, twice. You would use this password together with your username to login to your WordPress blog.
19. Enter your email in Your E-mail so that if you forget your password, WordPress will send an email to this address for you to reset it.
20. Click on the button Install WordPress.
21. You have now successfully installed WordPress. All you have to do now is click on the button Log In and you will see the log in screen for WordPress.
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