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Before getting started with installing WordPress, you need a little-bit knowledge of MySQL database, so that you will find no problem while installing WordPress Manually.
Till now you have a domain name, hosting space and know how to create a new user in MySQL Database. Already I have shared a how-to guide on installing WordPress on Hostgator using Fantastico and now this guide also focus on installing WordPress on Hostgator but without using Fantastico. Here is a step-by-step guide on installing WordPress Manually in Hostgator.
Download and UnZip WordPress
This is the basic step and pretty obvious. Remember that do not download WordPress from any other third-party site. At WordPress.org site you can be assured that you’re getting the latest stable version direct from the official website.
Step1: Go to wordpress.org and download wordpress from there to your PC.
Step2: This download will be in the form of .zip file and now you have to unzip it. After unzipping, it contains a folder named WordPress (if you see there are many files after opening WordPress folder).
Create a Database and User
How-To Guide to Create a Database
This is where you need some technical skill. I’m using Hostgator which comes with inbuilt cPanel.
Step3: Now, you have to create a database. Log-in into your cPanel and click on “MySQL Databases” (as shown below):
Step4: When you click on “MySQL Databases”, it open a new window (as show below). Now you have to create a new database (as shown below):
Step5: When you hit the “Create Database” button, you will see a message like this (as shown below) which means that database has been created.
How-to Guide on Creating New User in MySQL Database
Step6: Now, database is being already created, only you have to create a new user in it. Fill-up all the details as shown below and hit “Create User” button to create a new user.
Step7: Now you have created a user (step6) and have to add this user to the database you have created in step4, click on “Add” button (as shown below) to add a new user:
Step8: When you click on “Add” button (in step 7), it open a window (as shown below) where you have to assign “All Privileges” to this user (the user that you have added in step7). Check out the box “All Privileges” and click on “Make Changes” as shown below:
Step9: When you click on “Make Changes” it open a new window like this (as shown below) which shows that a new user has been added to database.
Set-Up wp-config.php File
Now you have to edit wp-config.php file
Step10: Already you have created MySQL database and added new user. Now (go back to step2) select “wp-config-sample.php” file and rename this file (wp-config-sample.php) to wp-config.php as shown below:
Step11: In step 10 you have renamed the required files. Now open wp-config.php” file in notepad (or on your favorite text editor) as shown below:
Step12: Now (in step11) you have to do following things as listed below:
In this post (I’m using the respective names that I have already created in previous step)
DB_NAME is “wrdp” (step no.4)
DB_USER is “vikas” (step no.6)
DB_Password is “mydomainname” (step no.6)
Warning: Don’t select so easy to guess username and password, here I am taking easy username and password just for illustration.
To make it easy, I’m showing what changes I have done in this step in wp-config.php file, you can compared it to step 11
Upload the File
Step13: Now you have to upload the files to server. For uploading files to server you need FTP client (for me I’m using FileZilla to transfer my files to server) and you have to fill-up all the required fields and click on “quickconnect” button to connect it to server.
Step14: After filling all the details (in step13) you will see that your FTP client connected to server (as shown below):
Step15: Now (in step14) you will see a folder with “/” symbol. Click on “+” sign and you see the folder “public_html” folder (as shown below). Click on “public_html” folder, this is the folder where you have to upload the WordPress folder (which you have already downloaded and unzipped on your PC – step1 and step 2)
Step16: Now you have to upload the WordPress files to server. From (in step15) left select wordpress 3.0.4 (for me that’s the name of folder I have to upload) and start uploading this folder to server. You have to drag and drop the WordPress folder in root directory only (public_html folder). As soon as you drag and drop the folder, uploading of files will be started and it take couple of minutes to upload all the files to server.
Run the Script
Till now you have uploaded all files to server in root directory, to complete the installation process you have to run this script
Step17: Open your browser and type the following URL in your browser http://infoedutech.com/wp-admin/install.php (Replace infoedutech.com with your own domain name) and fill all the details (as shown below). After filling all the details click on “Install WordPress” button to install the WordPress.
Step18: When you hit the “Install WordPress” button you see a new window (as shown below) which show that “WordPress has been installed”.
Step19: Congratulations, you have successfully install wordpress manually on your hosting server. Now log-in and get started with WordPress.
You may be interested in reading out these WordPress tutorial also.
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