The Famous 5-Minute WordPress Install

In this video we actually do it in less. Manually installing WordPress is very easy and requires very little technical knowledge to get you up and running. In fact all you need is some information from your host (if they don’t offer you the ‘one click install’).

What you will need:

In this video I’ll walk you through a typical install and discuss some important considerations you should take during the setup process that address security, SEO and other important site elements.

What Next?

Once you are up and running you want to make sure your secure your new WordPress installation. See our video on Securing WordPress with a Plugin tutorial.

Video Transcript

Hi there. We’re going to talk about how to manually install WordPress. Now the term manual is a bit of an overstatement because the lot of the process is actually automated and is very easy and done quickly. In fact, WordPress calls it the five-minute install. I bet we can do it in less than five minutes. However, this demonstration does assume that you have database access and FTP access provided to you usually by your hosting company. Let’s get started.

First visit ‘WordPress.org/download’ and download the latest version of WordPress to your local computer. This will be provided in a .zip file and you open it up like you would any other .zip file. Once you have the files on your computer, you’re going to FTP those to your host. I personally like Filezilla but any file FTP client will do. Simply select the entire contents and drag it up to your hosting provider.

Once all the files have been FTP’d to your hosting provider you can visit your domain. If you’ve set up your domain name to point to your new hosting account then you’re probably all set. Otherwise your host should have provided you a temporary address or even an IP address. Regardless, once you pull up the site in your browser, you should see a screen like this. This is basically WordPress saying, “Hey, we need to get set up here.” So go ahead and create a configuration file.

WordPress is going to let you know that you need some information for you to continue. In particular it’s going to need the database access information that I mentioned earlier. Once you have that click, “Let’s go.”
You’re going to fill this out with information provided to you by your hosting company.

Once complete go ahead and hit, “Submit”. WordPress has already connected to your database and assuming that it all went well, it’s going to go ahead and give you the, “Run the install” option. Go ahead and click this button. At this point WordPress is pretty much ready to go, we just have to give it some extra information and set up an administrative user.

Let’s go ahead and fill out this information. You’ll notice that username defaults to admin. This is a major security risk to leave it this way. Go ahead and change it to something that makes more sense and is not, ‘Admin.’
The reason for this is many hack attempts target users who have the username, ‘Admin,’ so make sure you change that.

For the sake of the demo, I’m going to use a password that’s very simple so I can remember it in the following screens. However, you’ll see that WordPress has declared it very weak. You want to make sure that you use a strong password here.

You’ll also want to provide an email address. This is the email address of the main administrator of your website. And the final option is this privacy option. I like to uncheck this while I’m developing a website then go back into settings when I’m ready to launch my site so that search engines are allowed to index this site. Now it’s very important that if you uncheck this that later, before launch you remember to go into your settings and change this or else your site will not be indexed among Google, Bing, Yahoo, or any other search engine.

Let’s continue. You’re basically all set. At this point WordPress is installed and you can login using the credentials that you set up. That’s it. WordPress is ready to go. You can install themes, plug-ins, start your blog content, your pages and so on. You have just manually installed WordPress.