Install WordPress in 5 Minutes – Websites with WordPress (Part 3)

To install WordPress you need web space. You can rent this from a hosting provider of your choice (e.g. All-Inkl, Host Europe, DomainFactory). A WordPress website can be operated with almost any hosting package. When choosing your package, you should make sure that PHP (version 5.6 or higher) and a database (MySQL version 5.6 or higher, Maria DB version 10 or higher) are available to you.

When you start a new project, we recommend setting up a local development environment to simulate a server environment on your computer. You can install MAMP on your Mac or XAMPP on your PC.

Preparations for the WordPress installation

1. Create database and user

All content (except media files) and settings of your WordPress website are stored in a database. In order for WordPress to be able to connect to the database, you need access to the database. This includes the host, the name of the database and a user with a password.

With most hosting providers you can create a database and a user in the customer area or you will receive the data by email after the contract has been concluded.

If you want to install WordPress in a local development environment, you need to create the database and user first.

Create database and database user with PHPMyAdmin

  1. To do this, open MAMP or XAMPP and start simulating the web server.
  2. Next you call PHPMyAdmin (http://localhost/phpMyAdmin/) on.
  3. Click on the menu item “User” and then on “Add user”.
  4. Enter a username, select “local” as the host and generate a password.
  5. Make a note of this data, you will need it again during the installation.
  6. Activate the checkbox “Create a database with the same name and grant all rights”.
  7. Confirm the process by clicking the “OK” button.

2. Download WordPress

Next, you should download the current WordPress version and unpack the ZIP archive.

3. Place files in the root directory

You now need to transfer the extracted files to the root directory of your website. To do this, use an FTP program (e.g. Cyberduck, FileZilla). With the FTP program you can upload the data. You need FTP access for this. This includes the host, the FTP user and the FTP password. You can get the data from your hoster. If you want to install WordPress within your local development environment, simply copy the extracted files directly to your root directory.

Install WordPress

1. Start WordPress installation

To start installing WordPress, go to your website in your browser.

2. Enter access data to the database

Now you have to enter the access data to your database:

WordPress installation: connect to the databaseWordPress installation: connect to the database

  • Database name: Enter the name of the database here.
  • User name: Enter the name of the database user.
  • Password: The password of the database user belongs here.
  • Database host: In most cases it should be the database host localhost ring. If this is not the case, contact your web host. In rare cases, the database host differs, eg with 1und1. If you are a 1und1 customer, you can find out more here.
  • Table prefix: For security reasons, you should definitely choose an individual table prefix and not the default wp_ leave. To do this, generate a password and then put together an individual table prefix according to this pattern: wp_{passwort}_

3. Information about your website

Now some information about your website is required. You can change all information later.

Install WordPress: Register website details and administratorInstall WordPress: Register website details and administrator

  • Site title: Enter the title of your website here
  • User name: For security reasons, you should choose an individual username. Avoid usernames like admin or demo.
  • Password: Generate a random password and write it down. You need the username and password to log into the administration area of ​​your website. Be sure to choose a secure password.
  • Your e-mail address: Enter your email address here. Notifications (e.g. for new updates or comments) are sent to this address.
  • Visibility for search engines: Here you can set whether your website should be found by search engines or not.

Finally, click on “Install WordPress” and you’re done. Now you can log into the administration area with the access data and get started. Have fun with WordPress!