WordPress Setup 101

How to Install WordPress onto your own Server

In this WordPress video Tutorial we’ll examine how to install WordPress onto your own server. From FTP, to mySQL, to WordPress installation – we’ve got it covered.


WordPress Tutorial Transcript

Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’ll show you how to install WordPress onto your own server using FTP.

There’s a few things you’ll need in order to get started:
1. WordPress Install files – You can download these from WordPress.org as we’ll show you
2. FTP Client – This is the program that allows you to connect to your web server
3. FTP Login Info – If you don’t have this information you can contact your web host
4. mySQL Database – This is what WordPress uses to store user-generated information

First, we’ll head to wordpress.org and download the installation files. Click “Download WordPress.” Once it’s complete, you’ll have a folder with the following files. Make sure the folder is unzipped before continuing to the next step.

Now we need to use our FTP program to login to the web server. For this example, we’re using the Transmit App. This is where you need to enter your FTP login information. First the Server (which is usually your website), then your Username and Password. Finally, click “Connect”.

Once you login, you’ll see the contents of your server (or if it’s a new website, you’ll be presented with a blank directory like you see here). Typically WordPress is installed in the root, but you can also install WordPress in a subdirectory. The difference is in how WordPress is accessed. If it’s installed in the root, you would simple visit the main website. In our case, the main website is ‘sample.wplifeguard.com’. However, in this example, we’re going to install to the a subdirectory called ‘demonstration’. This means we will access it by going to ‘sample.wplifeguard.com/demonstration’.

Once you’ve decided on a destination for your WordPress install, simply bring up that file browsing window that contains the installation files you downloaded from WordPress.org. Drag them all onto the server window in your FTP program. This will initiate an upload. Once the upload is complete, simply visit the address we mentioned a moment ago, either the root or subdirectory depending on where you uploaded to.

The first thing we’ll need to do is create a configuration file. Click “Create a Configuration File”. This is where the mySQL database information comes in. You’ll need the database name, username, password, and host. Table prefix is used for multiple WordPress installs. Go ahead and click “Let’s Go” and start entering that information we mentioned. Database name, Username and Password. In most cases, you can leave Database Host and Table Prefix at their defaults and click “Submit”. If you have any trouble with the defaults, contact your web host to find out what you need to enter for Database Host.

Now that all of the host information has been entered, you’re ready to Run the Install. This page simply asks for some basic information about the site you’re setting up. Enter a Site Title, Username, Password, and Email. If you don’t want your site to appear in search engines, uncheck the Privacy box. Click “Install WordPress” to continue. Your WordPress installation is now complete, and you can continue to Login to your new WordPress website. To learn about the login process, watch our videos, “How to Login and Recovering Lost Passwords”, as well as “The WordPress.org Dashboard”.

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Hello and welcome to LifeGuard. In this video, we’ll show you how to install WordPress onto your own server using FTP.

There’s a few things you’ll need in order to get started:
1. WordPress Install files – You can download these from WordPress.org as we’ll show you
2. FTP Client – This is the program that allows you to connect to your web server
3. FTP Login Info – If you don’t have this information you can contact your web host
4. mySQL Database – This is what WordPress uses to store user-generated information

First, we’ll head to wordpress.org and download the installation files. Click “Download WordPress”. Once it’s complete, you’ll have a folder with the following files. Make sure the folder is unzipped before continuing to the next step.

Now we need to use our FTP program to login to the web server. For this example, we’re using the Transmit App. This is where you need to enter your FTP login information. First the Server (which is usually your website), then your Username and Password. Finally, click “Connect”.

Once you login, you’ll see the contents of your server (or if it’s a new website, you’ll be presented with a blank directory like you see here). Typically WordPress is installed in the root, but you can also install WordPress in a subdirectory. The difference is in how WordPress is accessed. If it’s installed in the root, you would simple visit the main website. In our case, the main website is ‘sample.wplifeguard.com’. However, in this example, we’re going to install to the a subdirectory called ‘demonstration’. This means we will access it by going to ‘sample.wplifeguard.com/demonstration’.

Once you’ve decided on a destination for your WordPress install, simply bring up that file browsing window that contains the installation files you downloaded from WordPress.org. Drag them all onto the server window in your FTP program. This will initiate an upload. Once the upload is complete, simply visit the address we mentioned a moment ago, either the root or subdirectory depending on where you uploaded to.

The first thing we’ll need to do is create a configuration file. Click “Create a Configuration File”. This is where the mySQL database information comes in. You’ll need the database name, username, password, and host. Table prefix is used for multiple WordPress installs. Go ahead and click “Let’s Go” and start entering that information we mentioned. Database name, Username and Password. In most cases, you can leave Database Host and Table Prefix at their defaults and click “Submit”. If you have any trouble with the defaults, contact your web host to find out what you need to enter for Database Host.

Now that all of the host information has been entered, you’re ready to Run the Install. This page simply asks for some basic information about the site you’re setting up. Enter a Site Title, Username, Password, and Email. If you don’t want your site to appear in search engines, uncheck the Privacy box. Click “Install WordPress” to continue. Your WordPress installation is now complete, and you can continue to Login to your new WordPress website. To learn about the login process, watch our videos, “How to Login and Recovering Lost Passwords”, as well as “The WordPress.org Dashboard”.

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