You have decided and want to use WordPress to create your website or your new blog? Then you will quickly notice that a major advantage of WordPress is its ease of use – and that starts with the famous 5-minute installation. It is no coincidence that WordPress has quickly become one of the most popular content management systems. More than 39% of all websites worldwide are currently operated on the basis of WordPress and the lively community ensures that the CMS is constantly being further developed and that new themes and plug-ins are constantly coming onto the market. In the following steps we will explain how you can quickly set up your own WordPress installation.
Checklist: What do you need to install WordPress?
You have to take care of these points if you want to install WordPress:
- suitable hoster
- FTP access
- WordPress files
The famous 5 minute WordPress installation
In order for the 5-minute installation of WordPress to actually run so quickly, you should have a suitable web server and the most important access data at hand.
As a technical requirement, you need a WordPress-compatible hosting package, a domain, a database and access via FTP. In most cases, you get these components from a hosting provider. You can make all the necessary settings and create access via the administration area. You can also set up or request SSL encryption here, which is not necessary from a purely technical point of view, but which has hardly been avoided since the GDPR came into force in 2018.
When choosing a hoster, you can orientate yourself with a variety of different providers. The technical requirements for a current WordPress installation are:
- PHP version in version 7.4 or higher
- MySQL version 5.6 or higher / alternatively MariaDB
- mod_rewrite module for Apache / alternatively Nginx
- HTTPS support / an SSL certificate
Your hoster gives you the option of checking the availability of a suitable domain and selecting it. In addition to the classic country-specific endings such as “.de” or “.at”, there are more individual endings, such as e.g. B. “.travel” , “.shop” or “.now” are available. Once you have made your selection, you can obtain it from your hoster with annual or monthly billing. A one-time purchase of a domain is not possible.
WordPress stores all content and configurations of the installation in a database and it is the basis for a dynamic website. Most hosters offer you the option of setting up a MySQL/MariaDB database with just a few clicks. You should note the following parameters:
- database name
- database address
- User name
- Password (freely selectable)
To access the storage of your hosting or web server, you need FTP access. With a suitable program, an FTP client, you can connect to the server and upload or download data. The free Filezilla has established itself as a common application for this. The free server and client software is available for Windows, macOS and Linux systems and can be downloaded free of charge. Next to the server address you enter the user name and password and you can connect to the server.
After you have established a connection to your server, you can upload and install the WordPress installation data. The latest version is available for download on the official wordpress.org website. In addition to the German language version, packages are also available in other languages. If you prefer a different language after installation, you can change it afterwards. After downloading, unpack the ZIP file in a desired folder on your computer and upload the complete package to the root directory of your web space.
Now you can start the actual installation!
Once you have completed the steps mentioned above, you can start installing WordPress. As soon as all files are on the server, you simply call up your website via the browser.
In just a few steps you will be guided through the installation and the first thing to do is to connect to your database. Here you must correctly enter the MySQL access data that you wrote down when creating the database. Alternatively, you can do this step before uploading WordPress by editing the wp-config.php file in the root directory. To do this, open the PHP file with a code editor and enter the values for “DB_NAME”, “DB_USER”, “DB_PASSWORD” and “DB_HOST” manually. Save the change and then upload the file to your server via FTP.
The next step is to create your user account for the WordPress administration area. In addition to your e-mail address, you can set your password or have a strong password suggested to you. You can still specify the title of the page and whether your website may already be indexed by search engines. Finally, click on the “Install WordPress” button to complete the installation.
Completion of the installation
Congratulations, you have successfully installed your version of WordPress and can now log in with the previously specified access data. The manual installation should not be a problem for you with this list, since the steps are comprehensible and intuitive.
Finally, the following note: Many hosters offer a simple 1-click solution that installs WordPress on your web space. The hoster provides you with a preconfigured package, which seems comfortable at first glance. Nevertheless, you are dependent on the hoster having made the settings in your interest. In view of the really simple installation routine, it shouldn’t be a problem for you to carry out the installation yourself.