How to install WordPress in 7 easy steps

Woohoo!! You are back. And today you are going to be installing WordPress.

You remember yesterday when we mentioned coming up with your why and you sharing your why on our exclusive FREE Facebook group? Well, today I need you to write that down. Carefully detailing every nook and cranny of your why.

This will be your first article. Share as much or little as you would possibly like.

HINT: Noting down your WHY can help you create an outstanding about page that sells a story more than the typical jargon most about pages contain.

Now you maybe thinking, OK… write about it… But where? All I have is a domain and some hosting email I received.

So write it down on Word, Notepad or Google docs.

Next, let’s work on having your WordPress blog set-up.

If you followed my recommendation, then Siteground has a really good customer care that can help you link both your hosting to the desired domain.

If not, there are two possibilities of what you did:

  • Either you purchased your account for both domain and hosting from the same provider. If that is the case, then you can skip this step.
  • If you didn’t pick the first option, then you have your domain and hosting on two different accounts. For this all you have to do is contact your domain and hosting companies and request them to point nameservers to each other. As in, get your domain to point to the hosting servers and the hosting servers to point to the domain.

Once you are done, let’s get into the detailed part of installing WordPress.

For this, I will use a dummy website I host with Sasahost to show you a step-by-step process on installing WordPress.

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The cPanel may look different from the cPanel you have, but the functionalities are pretty much the same. If you have any queries, simply ask them below. I will be happy to answer them.

You may be wondering why not use the one-click option your hosting company offers for installing WordPress…

The reason is, I would like to set-up certain security measures that are not accorded by one-click WordPress installation. But if you are willing to risk it, sure go right ahead and I will see you tomorrow for WordPress basics.

First Step

Our first step will be to head over to and download the latest version of WordPress. At the time of writing the current WordPress version is 4.5.3

wordpress install

Second Step

login to cpanel

Next step you need to log in into your cPanel.

HINT: Your login details will mostly be attached to the email you received from your hosting company.

Once you login to your cPanel, search for “Database” and click on “MySQL Database”. Once inside you need to create a new database.

search database

Pick a unique name that will help you recall what database you created.

create database

Third Step

Once you create your MySQL database, you need to create an account that will be used to access that database.

5 create username and password

Sounds technical, but stay with me… it is easier than you would ever think.

In my case, the point to create a username is I had to scroll down the page and find it. Same page as the same page I used to create my database. For you it can be that, or it can be a tab to select either at the top or the right hand side panel of your screen.

Come up with a unique database username and password. Write them down, for you will need them later.

To do this I normally use “Password Generator”. No need to make the brain create new passwords while there tools made for it.

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Fourth Step

After you create the username and password you need to connect the desired user with the right database.

6 tie user to database

As for me tieing the user to the database was on the same page at the bottom of the page. The case may be different or the same for you.

On the next page give your user all privileges

7 user privildges

Fifth Step

Remember how in the first step you downloaded the current version of WordPress to your drive? Well, now we need to find that download and extract it and upload to WordPress. You can upload to WordPress through an FTP client or just upload the entire zip file and extract it once you have uploaded.

I will walk you through how to upload directly to file manager. I find using an FTP client to be confusing for beginners.

So first head over to the root/home page of your cPanel.

8 file manager

And search for “File Manager”

Click on it and it will lead you to the folder “public_html”

Make sure you are within this folder. Next find the upload button and upload the zip file you had initially downloaded.

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9 upload wordpress

Once you have uploaded, we need to extract the zip file. It will look something like this.

10 extract wordpress

We need to move the current files in the WordPress folder outside the folder. So it will look something like this.

11 move files

Sixth Step

Before we started installing WordPress I mentioned I am using the manual method instead of one-click install because of security measures. Here are the security measures that you benefit from manual installation.

You will rename the wp-config-sample file to wp-config

12 config sample

You can do this by double left clicking on the file and deleting the sample and hyphen.

Next right click on the file and click on edit.

13 edit config file

At this stage we will change the database, username and password. Use the same details you used to set-up your Database. Otherwise you may incur “Error in database connection in the final step”

installing wordpress

After that follow this link

15 follow link

Copy and paste the details in that link to “define” section.

Finally, we need to head to the table prefix. Change it from wp to something unique. This is an extra security extension since it will help avoid scripts that may attack your website while trying to hack it.

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16 table prefix

Now we are done on with installing WordPress.

Seventh Step

Visit the URL of your new blog.

17 first screenshot

Select your default language

On the next screen set your site name, username, password and email. Finally click “Install WordPress” and you are now a step closer to your blog.

18 site name

HINT: Do not tick on “Discourage site engines from finding this site”

Doesn’t that feel good?

You just installed WordPress and probably saved your Kshs.10,000. Also, you have learnt a new skill, you can now start charging people. “Cha ching”

Check in tomorrow for “WordPress Basics”

Now share with us your new blog location in the group.

Looking to add more reading sites to my blog.

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