How to Install WordPress

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This is a thorough step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to install WordPress on your own server.

Assuming you already have a domain name and web hosting account, you’re ready to go ahead. If you don’t have a domain name and web hosting yet, visit Getting Started tutorial here.

You can also watch the How to Install WordPress video.

If you host offers the Auto-Install service, watch the How to Install WordPress With Auto-Install video instead.

1. Download WordPress

The very first thing you’ll want to do is download a copy of the software. So, go to the WordPress site here, and look for the link that says “DOWNLOAD.ZIP.” You should see it on the right side of the page with a dark blue background. When you see the link, click on it, and save the file to your desktop so it’s easy to find going forward.

2. Unzip the Folder

After you download the program, you’ll need to unzip the files into their own folder on your desktop. Most computers have a built-in zip/unzip application when you buy them, and if you’re not sure about your system, right-click on the file you just downloaded, and look for the menu option that says “Extract All …” Select that option if you see it. If you don’t have an unzip feature already installed, you can download a free program called Stuffit Expander (for PC or Mac).

3. Set Up Your FTP Program

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol, and an FTP program will allow you to copy files from your own computer to your web hosting account. There are many FTP programs available, and one of the more popular ones is free program called FileZilla. You can download it here.

4. Get Your FTP Access Information

You’ll need to enter this information into your FTP program to access and upload files to your web host. Specifically, you’ll need to enter the the domain name, username and password for your FTP account. You can get this information from your web host if you don’t have it already.

5. Set Up Your MySQL Database With Your Web Host

This isn’t as scary as it may sound. Well, not if you have a good web host. You can usually find a link in your web hosting control panel to set up a MySQL database. Once the database is set up, you’ll need the database name, database password, database username and database hostname The hostname is usually “localhost,” but not always, so check with your web host to be sure. If you use Hostgator, it is localhost.

6. Enter Your Database Information into Your Config File

Remember when you downloaded and unzipped the WordPress program on your computers desktop? Open that folder, and you’ll see another folder labeled “WordPress.” Open that folder, and find a file named wp-config-sample. Open this file in a text editor such as Notepad or Wordpad. When you open the file you’ll see some text, much of which looks like gibberish, but it’s not. Look specifically for the lines that read:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //

/** The name of the database for WordPress */
define('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere');

/** MySQL database username */
define('DB_USER', 'usernamehere');

/** MySQL database password */
define('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere');

/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

This is the place to enter the database information you saved from the previous step. So whatever the database name is, enter that information in place of ‘putyourdbnamehere.’ Just be sure to leave the ‘ marks before and after as it appears above. Do the same for the DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD and DB_HOST. When you’re done, save the file, but save it as wp-config.php rather than wp-config-sample.

7. Upload WordPress to Your Server

Okay. We’re in the homestretch. The next thing you want to do is upload the entire program from your computer to you host’s server. So, first, open your FTP program and connect to your host’s server. Back in step 5, you tracked down your FTP information. If you haven’t already entered it into your FTP program, go ahead and do that now. Again, you’ll need to enter you domain name, your username and your password. After you enter the information, go ahead and connect to your host’s server.

At this point, you’ll need to make a decision about where you’ll place the program. You can put it in – either – the root directory of your host server or a sub-directory. Personally, I place mine in a subdirectory because I run several different websites on the same server, and it just makes things a lot easier by keeping them separate. After you make your decision, go ahead and upload all the files and directories located in the WordPress folder you unzipped to you desktop, excluding the folder itself.

8. Run the Install Script

  • If you installed WordPress in the root directory of your server, open your web browser and type the following: (replace “” with your own domain name).
  • If you installed WordPress in a sub-directory, open your web browser and type the following: (replace “” with your own domain name and “subdirectory” with the name of the sub-directory you created).

After you go to this page, WordPress will do the rest. Just follow the onscreen directions, and then you’ll be all done.

Update: If you use for your web hosting, you may have one final step. See this comment.

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  1. Nabeel says:

    Thank you so much. You described each and everything in a very simple and basic way. It really helped me in uploading my website.

  2. Brian Smith says:

    This “how to install WordPress on your own server”. and this “5. Set Up Your MySQL Database With Your Web Host” don’t make sense surely?

    If it does make sense then it’s a little puzzling as surely I have to setup MySQL on my server; the whole point of what I am trying to do?

  3. Mike says:

    Thank you sooooo much, this was the most helpful information and got the job done after searching and reading through countless other sites on how to do this simple operation.

    thanks again. :-)

  4. Sheri H says:

    cheers for the extra step for 1&1 installation

  5. Sheri H says:

    Thanks Michael for producing these step by step instructions – found them easy to follow and v helpful

  6. Chris says:

    Hello Michael and thanks for this tutorial ! I just did every step you said, but…when I type , appears 404 not found. Can you give me a little help please?

  7. M. Andarzig says:

    Hi Michael,
    It is fortunate that there is a light (Micheal) at the end of the tunnel. I found your wordpress installation steps very promising and instructive so I started immediately and followed the video step for step until the uploading process in step 7 using File Zilla. I was just highlighting all the folder to upload, suddenly something happened and I saw a pop-up window saying 308 files from /wp moves to /wp-inludes. I trid to stop it but could not. After that disappeared wp-admin folder. What did I do wrong that triggered this problem?
    I am new to the subject so any expert help from you is greatly appreciated.
    Thanks & Best Wishes
    in advnace

  8. Goldishbird says:

    Hi Michael ,
    thanks for the wonderful documentation.
    I ve followed the steps, but some of the images and the formatting on the page mis missing , Could u please take a look and let me know what is the issue here.


  9. Randy says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you and if it’s not too redundant… Thank you.
    This was exactly what I needed, on-point, accurate and concise.

  10. Eliot Reeves says:

    This was incredibly helpful. Thank you very much.

  11. bushra says:

    it is an excellent experience for installing wordpress on my domain. I followed these step and successfully install. I am So happy thanx alot

  12. Shane says:

    hey man thanks a lot, made it really easy!!

  13. Jacob says:


    This is excellent. I’ve got my site up and running thanks to this. Much more straightforward than the documentation on the WordPress site itself. Thanks so much :)

  14. asif says:

    hi Micheal,

    thanx setting up a complete tutorial on WordPress installation.

    I hope you can help me.Following your tutorial installed WAMP on my PC and tried installing WordPress.But WAMP seems to go automatically offline after a few secs just after starting.I actually noticed it when I tried installing WordPress.So I tried cleaning all files from my previous installation of MySQL(I had uninstalled it before installing WAMP).But I have encountered the same problem again.

    thanx in advance…

  15. priyanka says:

    my web hosting scheme does not provide my sql database …and waht username and pasword shoul i put when they ask in file zilla

  16. michelle says:

    I’m just curious…why would you not just use the easy install via the c-panel using fantastico instead of this method? It just seems to make much more sense. Am I missing something?

    • VeMan says:


      I went through all the instructions and ended up with a 404 Not Found error. Seeing your comment directed me to Fantastico which installs WordPress without any bother.

      If you’re having any trouble and you’re using C Panel, find and use Fantastico to install WordPress.

      That being said, much appreciation to the author for getting me most of the way.

  17. thuha says:

    you seem so knowledgeable about the wordpress environment and i wanted to reach out to see if you could help this not so techie creative find the solution to the error received when you visit

    this morning i was trying to modify the theme to use as the “home” page. in doing so, something has created a mixup and is throwing an error when you try to view any page of the theme.

    i was searching for wordpress index.php issues and install suggestions when i ran across your wealth of information and thought to reach out.

    thank you in advance.

  18. Elsa says:


    I have a question – I am currently on the step where I have to upload the wordpress files to the root directory (where I want them) but on my web host’s file manager page I don’t have the option of uploading more than 1 file at a time. I just uploaded all the files (one by one..) in the first map and realized there has got to be like a million other ones in the other folders in the wordpress map. I take that all files are necessary but is this the only solution? Do I have to upload these files from my computer one by one or the last step won’t do it..?

    A thanks in advance

  19. Aviva B says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I’m not so technical, but this was easy to follow.
    One suggestion (and I saw in another comment that I wasn’t the only one who had this issue): maybe mention in the body of the tutorial that the root directory might not be just /, but /public_html, etc. I uploaded all the files to /, and only when I spoke to Hostgator support (after the install URL 404ed) did they tell me that it needed to be uploaded to /public_html.

    Thanks again!

  20. G-Man says:

    Thank you very much! It was very useful :)

  21. Shanda says:

    Hi Micheal,

    I am very new to this, how will I know what is my root directory and subdirectory?

    • Maybe watch the video as that should make it more clear. Depending on your web host, the root directory might be public_html or perhaps httpdocs. If still not sure, ask your hosting provider.

  22. BBOSA says:

    I wanted to get a ftp connections free eg the ftp host and username and passward free pliz help me

  23. Darn, found this AFTER struggling through my first manual WP install. I have to say, having done both a 1-click using a hosting company which supported it, and the manual way, i do think that doing it manually is quite a challenge for anyone not comfortable with getting their hands dirty on a server! I did get there in the end but the process was definitely nailbiting. Great tutorial though, and will kepp this by me next time!

  24. Amit Debnath says:

    If i don’t have domain or server space. Can i use wordpress and also run it on my personal computer.

  25. vandana says:

    Is it must that mandatory that only after getting domain name and got it hosted can i start my design with word press or can i complete my design first and then can make it work with my hosting company.please clarify.
    thank you in advancefor any reply from you .

  26. Sir says:

    Question: If I have no web host and no server and signed up with WordPress to build my blogging site and purchased a domain name. Am I able to use FTP? Or is FTP only if you have an outside webhost? I ask this because of the limitations on code editing using WordPress’s “Dashboard” tools.

    Thank you.

  27. John F says:

    I see there is one additional step if you are loading to a 1and1 hosted site, which I am. The link is broken to that step or that page has been taken down. I’m dead in the water and can’t figure out why I can’t install wordpress. Maybe you have the key. Maybe I’m an idiot. But I’d like to see what that step is, in case it could help. Thanks.


    • I believe the additional step is to remove the index.html file from the directory. It’s a file that 1and1 places in the directory as a fallback file.

      • Oliver says:

        Hi michael, where do i find this directory? (I am with 1and1). The only index file i can find is the index.php from the wordpress file. Yes, I am a beginner so any help is greatly appreciated, your a blessing. thanks

  28. Michael, thanks for the great article. I talk to people all the time who want instructions for installing WordPress on their own account. These instructions you’ve put together are worth referring people to.

    I haven’t read through every comment, so I hope this isn’t a repeat, but you can actually skip editing the wp-config.php file and just upload the files to the server. Once uploaded if you visit your domain you’ll get a WordPress installation page and you can actually enter the database connection settings there. I find this advantageous for the layman, because there’s no need to open any specific files and edit the php code (even if it’s just a db name, user and password).

    Anyway, thanks again!

  29. Mehwish Khan says:

    thnxs :-) its really nice…. :-) thnxs again

  30. Hi ~ I’m hoping you can help me. I’ve been searching around the web and I think your tutorial might be my answer. I’ve had a blogger blog with it’s own domain and now I’m wanting to make the switch to wordpress. The nameservers are already pointing to my new host company. I am wanting to set up my wordpress with theme/child, etc before my readers see it, but I’m afraid that if I do the install through my host that it will no longer have my blog showing? Should I download wordpress through wordpress then instead of my host? Can I not connect it to my .com then for now?
    Thank you in advance for any help!

  31. Manix says:

    Hello Micheal,

    thank you for posting a step-by-step WP installation guide. I guess you’re the only one I was able to follow…. except the last step.

    You see, I am new to do websites and was trying for weeks now to get a connection with FileZilla to my web host. This is done now.

    So, having a data base created with a user and a password, which exact host address is it, I need to fill into the wp-config? Is that the usual host address or a special address leeds right to the new data base.

    So far I can actually can follow every step on the remote side, when it comes to “install.php” I get an error about: file not known or existing.

    Any idea?
    Thank you

  32. Kim says:

    Hi Michael

    thank you for the very useful post! I have followed youre steps using file zilla and I have gotten as far as the last step and when I type in my domain and sub directoryI get the follwing error message:

    Error establishing a database connection
    This either means that the username and password information in your wp-config.php file is incorrect or we can’t contact the database server at localhost. This could mean your host’s database server is down.

    Are you sure you have the correct username and password?
    Are you sure that you have typed the correct hostname?
    Are you sure that the database server is running?

    Can you help with this? I have done all of the ablove correct!


  33. Jas says:

    Hi Michael,

    I don’t have a Domain Name and neither Web Hosting account. Is it still possible to install WordPress on local Desktop and make it working to create blogs locally.

    I have installed Apache, MySQL, PHP and WordPress.
    The command http://localhost/wp-admin/install.php was successful.
    When I do http://localhost/wp-login.php it does login. After that it only shows the list of files in that folder. It does not go to the ‘Dashboard’ of wordpress. Neither of the index.php files, in various themes folder, open up in the browser.

    Is it mandatory to have Domain Name + Web Hosting Account and firstly install wordpress there. Then FTP it to local system.


  34. It was a very useful post that helped me to install my first blog with GoDaddy. It took some hours, but I did it!

  35. Bill says:

    Great!! I was looking to install WordPress manually as my host didn’t proved auto installer.

  36. Just added a blog to my existing website. It was as easy as pie using your directions Michael. Even with kids running around and pulling at my legs whilst sitting at the computer, my blog is now live and I’ve posted 3 entries with photos! Have wanted to do this for ages… and you were only a google away! Thanks so much. Couldn’t have done it without you. Magic.
    Adrienne x

  37. This article is really nice and easy to follow.

  38. Ganesan K says:


    Thank you for sharing a nice article about wordpress installation for begineers.. cheer keep posted and updated like this

  39. starker01 says:

    Thanks for the information But what about the file permission.

  40. John S. says:

    Excellent guide. Thanks for your help.

  41. ZAFAR ALI says:

    I have follow these steps, but here’s error 404 Not found……….plz help me

  42. Faheem says:

    The root directory will be:

    1. /
    2. public_html
    3. www

    Kindly guide.


  43. Allison says:

    Can I do this even if I have a custom domain using blogger as my host?
    Please help!

  44. Artun says:

    What a fantastic document! I was so frustrated by WordPress’s supposed “5-minute install” stuff that I was about to give up on them, but your step-by-step delineation made it possible to get it up and running. Thanks very much.

    • Glad it was helpful, Artun.

    • sudheer says:

      Dear friends,

      I have installed wordpress 3.1.4 on windows vista with apache2.2 , php5 and mysql 5 running successfully.

      wordpress installation also successful. however, i can not able to see the sample page when i clicked on pages->sample page->view page.

      when i do that all the files and folders that are available in wordpress root directory are opening in the browser rather then sample page.

      please help me and suggest me what i have to do…

  45. awebdev says:

    When installing WordPress turn post revisions off. The database blows up with all kinds of useless data that will never be seen again.

    define(‘WP_POST_REVISIONS’, false );

    You’ll also need a local development environment for WordPress.

    There are free WAMP (Windows,Apache,MySQL,PHP) packages such as xampp and wampserver that you can use. And more advanced options such as WampDeveloper Pro (which is commercial, but has some cool features like auto installing WordPress and always being up-to-date).

  46. thanks dear this is very useful but please help me how do change wordpress theme i want to create a magazine website

  47. Abhi says:

    after I install wordpress on my site,can I use it for affiliate marketing and for displaying ads?

  48. Hey Michael, it’s really very informative…Thanx for that

  49. kiash says:

    I though it was very difficult to install woordpress. But now it seems to me it will little bit easy! I will try to install it next time! Thanks a lot for your kind information!

  50. George Hanson says:


    I have several domain names thru godaddy one of which I am not using. Would it be less complicated to initially use the inactive domain name then when I am done shift it to the active domain name; or am I creating a new set of issues.

    Also I am looking for a WordPress SQL plugin that will give me a listing page format that I can modify for equipment we sell, any suggestions?

  51. nidhi says:

    hi thanx for providing such step by step process of wordpress instalation.

  52. Trish says:

    Hi Michael,
    I want to follow you recommendation about the sub directories for multiple websites — ” You can put it in – either – the root directory of your host server or a sub-directory. Personally, I place mine in a subdirectory because I run several different websites on the same server, and it just makes things a lot easier by keeping them separate.”

    How do I do that?

  53. Jeff Brown says:

    Great it worked a treat!! Thanks for the tips

  54. rajesh says:

    hi… can u please tell me for home page where i can give meta discription and key words and title for the wordpress site

  55. randi says:

    Hi, i followed your instructions as well as other youtube videos and they were very helpful, but i’m having problems with the last step: every time i enter, with my actual domain name, i am shuffled to a page that says : Hmmm, seems like what you were looking for isn’t here. You might want to give it another try. Why?

  56. Stuart Land says:

    Thanks, Michael, for a tutorial that seems easy to follow. However, before attempting this I would like to know if uploading WP will cancel-out my existing website? It looks to me like all the info on the Web talks about having a dedicated domain name for your blog, but I’d like my blog to be attached to my existing website, not override it. Is that possible or would I have to completely rebuild my website inside WP? In other words, I’d like to have a button in my existing website sidebar that says BLOG and people can click on it to access WP. Possible? Thanks in advance.

    • You can have them separate or integrated. If you want to maintain your existing website, you should install WordPress in a subdirectory.

      In the long run, you are better off to integrate your website and blog into a single WordPress installation. So you would install WordPress, and simply recreate your existing pages on the WordPress platform.

  57. Pritesh says:

    Thank you for this, really helped me installing WP.

    Regards, P

  58. Steven says:

    Very good article and simple outlined steps to follow. Thanks for all WordPress support provided here.

  59. Ced. says:

    Great Tutorial :) Thanks a lot mate!!

  60. Ravi says:


    I have already installed galley plugin but how to add images in my gallery plugin…

  61. Indi says:

    I want to install wordpress in localhost.

  62. rajesh says:

    hi i was trying to install wordpress in to my domain iam getting some error like database not reflecting

  63. Trish says:

    Hi! First off, thank you for this tutorial. SO GREAT!

    Second, I want run several different websites on my same server. How do I create a sub-directory as you do? I’m using Filezilla as my FTP client.

    thank you!

  64. Ness says:


    I recently signed up for a blog through I purchased the domain name through them etc. I wanted Host Gator to be my web host so I bought a web hosting package. I started playing around with my blog and found that I was very limited in the changes I could make to it and after doing a little research, I read that I needed to switch over to I then did a quickinstall of wordpress through host gator. Would I be able to use this tutorial get me where I need to be to switch from to I hope I make sense. The upside is I have not posted anything yet so I would not be moving large files. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you

  65. ysidnem says:

    Hi I have installed WordPress in the root but the site url is http:// as opposed to http://www. Does this matter, particularly with SEO and should I change it through the settings to www. Any advice should be much appreciated. PS. My site is hosted at Hostgator and I installed WordPress using Fantastico. Thanks

  66. AdriaHost says:

    Excellent tutorial.

  67. leonor says:

    Michael I can not save the wp-config.php as .php because I dont have that program. What program should I download?

    Thanks!! :-) So far the help has been great!

  68. Gants says:

    Thanks a lot for your tutorial, timely needed usefull information for me to upload my wordpress blog to my website, very easily done it. thanks for doing the great job.

  69. Cape Verde says:

    I have used your instructions on my blog. What I want to know is, if I back up my wp-content folder onto my computer, does that include all the posts and pages?

  70. zaki says:

    simply straight, and worked well… big thx!

  71. Zach says:

    Michael, you’ve got some great answers here. I have a question. I have successfully loaded WP 3.01 onto my FTP and I am able to access WP through my FTP but in the past I have simply used the index.html file as the homepage. I’m having trouble with were to put the WP files on the FTP transfer manager. Ultimately I am just trying to make my website cleaner-looking using the Fusion theme. Do you have a suggestion? I have taken all WP files off of the hosting site (godaddy) and put them up again without success. I have a feeling it may also be a problem that I don’t understand the difference between and .com. Pleas help! Thanks!

  72. Henry says:

    Hi Michael,

    I am a newbie to installing wp to my server, everything went fine apart from that my website is only appearing with only the subdirectory, example

    I can find it only with my subdirectory

    I would like to get rid of my subdirectory
    so my wp website appears with its index page url

    Do i have to delete my database and start installing wp once again without subdirectory? or there is another way to get rid of it?

    Thank you


    • Hi Henry. From what I see, it looks like you already have a site in the root directory. Are you wanting to delete that, if so you can place your WP site in the root directory rather than the /mywrdprss directory. You won’t have to delete the existing database. You would need to move all your WP files to the root directory then update the URL in your WP control panel. My advice is, if you are not so experienced with doing that, you should probably hire some outside assistance to avoid any problems as it can be a bit tricky.

    • David says:

      Henry hi.How did you finally manage to install wordpress on your root domain.i have tried and its giving me serious errors.Michael you the best.

  73. Alisha Slaughter says:

    Worked great! Thanks!

  74. Fee says:

    I have also followed every step and now get a HTTP 500 Interal Server Error: The website cannot display the page
    HTTP 500
    Most likely causes:
    •The website is under maintenance.
    •The website has a programming error.
    I have been up all night trying to get wordpress to work and I’m completely stuck. Hope someone still reads this.

  75. Ric J says:

    Had an existing blog with database. My config file got messed up, so I tried to set a new one with a fresh download. I used the SQL name for the database, username and pwd…. set it at local host but it says it can not connect to the database…

    Any ideas?

  76. Ali says:

    HI Michael

    What if i want to install wordpress on my own machine & make it available to the world?

    Please write some thing on this topic as well


    • What if i want to install wordpress on my own machine & make it available to the world?

      Try a google search for “install wordpress locally.”

      Not sure how you’d be able to share it with the world though since it’s on your own machine.

      Why not just get your own domain, install wordpress and share that with the world?

  77. Schalk Joubert says:

    Hi, I have installed loads of WP sites, no problem. Lately I experience with some installs (including WP3.01) that once installed, I have to add the www in the general settings tab for WordPress URL and Site URL.
    When I add it, I get an error message and are logged out. Once logged in, it all seems fine….?

    Any idea why the www are not added from the start? and what is the best procedure?


  78. Thank you so much for the clear instructions. They’ve helped me a lot.
    I appreciate it

  79. Cristina says:

    Hi there, Thanks for the instructions. Can you advise on wordpress as website and blog.
    I can set them each up, but they are separate.
    I exported files from my .com/blog site to the .com . Any help is appreciated.

  80. keith revell says:

    Hi great job for with the detailed set up instructions, unfortunately these days there are still some servers that do not have the one click installation of wordpress…its a shame because it is so simple to install wordpress with either one click or CPanel(fantasticoDeluxe), it takes just a few seconds and you are done, I have many Blogs all have the one click installation except one and I always have problems with it, so the point of my rambling is if you do not yet have a web host choose one with one click installation, you will not have any problems and its worth its weight in gold.

  81. Thanks for your detailed walk-through!

  82. Rameez says:

    Thanks for the tutorial mate and recommending Hostgator. It was really helpful.

  83. Richard says:

    Thanks for the clear instructions, this was a great help.

  84. JJ says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. Worked as smoothly as you wrote it. Step by step and no hiccups. Playing in the admin panel now, never played with WordPress before.

    Thanks again.


  85. Matrimonial says:

    Word press installation is not very easy task. These are very helpful tips. Thanks for sharing with us..

  86. Garry says:

    thanks for the help!!

  87. Ramakana says:

    Hi ,

    Really it very helpful I instelled it & enjoying this….

    Thanks for the information

  88. alex says:

    helloo . i install wordpress but in step 2 i didnt see password . what should i do ?

  89. Animesh says:

    Thanks for the tutorial I think I am ready to give it a go. :)

  90. Wardell says:

    Great post, you’ve given very clear instructions that should allow virtually anyone to setup their own WordPress site.

  91. Brittain says:

    How do I fix this error I just installed a WP Blog:

    Warning: include(/homepages/22/d197766011/htdocs/mycharmbag/wp-content/plugins/sitemap-generator/lang/English.php) [function.include]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory in /homepages/22/d197766011/htdocs/mycharmbag/wp-content/plugins/sitemap-generator/sitemap-generator.php on line 48

    Warning: include() [function.include]: Failed opening ‘/homepages/22/d197766011/htdocs/mycharmbag/wp-content/plugins/sitemap-generator/lang/English.php’ for inclusion (include_path=’.:/usr/lib/php5′) in /homepages/22/d197766011/htdocs/mycharmbag/wp-content/plugins/sitemap-generator/sitemap-generator.php on line 48

  92. boeat says:


    I am interested to buy Wp Chatter, and plan to build for multiple use for my own site.
    but for start i just would like to buy a single use for test, can i upgrade from single use to multiple use? only if i am satisfied with your product and service.


    • mikedurkin says:

      Yes, you can do that. We are always happy to upgrade our customers. Just send an email to us when you want to upgrade and we can make the arrangements to get you the new license.

  93. yvonne says:

    I followed every instruction here on this blog. However, when it came to the part where it says open up web browser and type domain name/wp-admin/install.php it just says there is a broken link

  94. Maryanne says:

    Great step by step. I have a question though:

    I set-up a WP blog to one site and it took straight to the WP “Create Configuration file” and all was cherry after I filled that out. And WP was a go and whenever I clicked on my site it went to the new WP site.

    Yet with the second website I installed WP using the exact same steps I had to use the wp_admin/install.php thingy, and it goes to the original website before the WP install. Just curious as to why that would be?

  95. Alastair says:

    Thanks Michael – this was a really clear, easy to understand guide for an absolute beginner like me. I have passed it on to colleagues who are also taking a ‘Webmaster’ course with me.

  96. Chris says:

    I followed your excellent tutorial and got my wordpress installed. I got a confirmation e-mail and logged onto my dashboard. Changed my PW and tried to download a theme. The system did not recognize my password (neither the one from my dashboard or the one from my Config File. I logged off and now the system doesn’t recognize me at all. Not by admin and my password, not via e-mail (even though it sent the initial confirmation and temp password to the same e-mail!) I’m at a loss. I have no idea how to get back into my dashboard. Any recommendations for my next step? Any advice appreciated.

  97. I was learning to install wordpress for my domain, read “famous 5 min installation” but still lot of confusion.

    Your post has helped me to succsfully install wordpress.


  98. Praveen says:

    This article is really nice and easy to follow.

  99. alan says:

    thanks for this tutorial, its been very practical and easy to follow, now I will like to learn how to make new templates, I saw that you have some tutorials about that, so hope that so good as this, wish ,e luck.

  100. Fify says:

    how do i intsall wordpress if i use domain.

  101. thanks for the info! big help!


  102. Sandeep Goyal says:

    Great work, Sir
    Keep on..
    It helped me a lot

  103. limue says:

    Wow! will definitely follow this. Thanks, men!

  104. Dixit says:

    thanx it helped me

  105. mat says:

    Just what i was looking for! but I’m transfering my blog from one server to another – so i don’t know where to find the code to change the database as it was set up by someone else…off to the forum to seek advice!

  106. rue says:


    Thanks so much for the help installing the wordpress blog. I am having a problem seeing the word press blog. I believe my problem is the

    /** MySQL hostname */
    define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘clmvisuals’);

    i believe that I am putting the wrong thing in. I can’t think of any other reason why blog wont show up. I would love your help.

    I am hosting with

    many thanks. :)

  107. ag says:

    thanks for that!

  108. This is very useful, thanks very much.

  109. Thanks for the lesson, i will recommend to others.

  110. scooter says:

    With Fantastico it is quite easy to install.

  111. Dave says:

    Someone had mentioned that on 1and1 they got a message that said PAGE NOT FOUND when they tried to run the setup files for wordpress, but i never saw and answer… i just went thru this and the reason is because your probably on a windows developer plan, that plan does not support wordpress, you need to xfer your sites over to a linux plan then it will work just fine… i didnt want to go without helping someone out here… thanks

  112. Laptop Guy says:

    Wow this tutorial is just what I was looking for. Thanks for the great info!

  113. Daiva says:

    It was the first time i tried to install the wordpress and I made it just because of you! Thank you very much

  114. Iftikhar Khan says:

    Great post. Why couldn’t wordpress have done an installation guide like this?

  115. mihai says:

    finally got it with adobe reader 9 now i only need to buy a hosting plan from 1on1 and hope to succeed

  116. EddieT says:

    i was kinda scared to set up WP by myself since i’m not a programmer, and i do have 1and1 as my host as well, but thanks to your help, i’m confident i can do this on my own. thank you.

  117. BloggingTips says:

    Your steps are very methodical and logical. Thanks for sharing how to install wordpress on your own server in such a simple way.

  118. the_guv says:

    cheers Michael,

    I referred to this when putting together a video how-to. hope it’s handy…


  119. thanks for this great video, i am switching for blogger to wordpress.

  120. Sherry says:

    Thanks, that was quick and painless!

  121. Lee Ann says:

    Very useful info and easy to follow instructions. Only problem is SmartFTP is no longer free and i followed your link and downloaded the application and it’s only a 29 day free trial, so i now either have to remove or pay for this…

  122. Robert Maley says:

    Hi,Great video!!
    I have 2 computor servers of my own with windows on which I host about 28 websites. Can I install it all on one of my servers and access it from a different computor. In your video you only deal with 1 and 1 as your host.
    But I would like to do it all here.


    Robert Maley

  123. angie says:

    I’m a total newbie to wordpress. I’ve spent the day trying to install wordpress on my site. These instructions were the easiest by far to follow and understand, but when I run the install process, I continue to get an error that says, “Error establishing a database connection.” Cannot find anythign that helps me though I’ve tried about a hundred different things. Any chance someone might know of some place I could get help with this? It’s driving me crazy.

  124. figaro says:

    See how to install WordPress by watching a free step-by-step video at the link below. Lots of other WordPress video tutorials available on the same site.

  125. Willis Chan says:

    The video was helpful beyond words!

  126. kirt says:

    can we do this on free web host?

    any reply will be appreciated

    best regards

  127. Thanks, this is great, but I would love to hear the pros and cons for using a sub-domain or a new webdomain?

  128. Bill says:

    Hi Michael,

    I found your blog post via a Google search. For me too it was exactly what I was looking for.
    Your step-by-step instructions made the installation a breeze. Your text instructions were explicit enough. I didn’t even need the video.
    Thank you this informative post.

    In your posts you keep recommending the webhost services of
    I am also a customer of 1and1 for a while now, since when I started with them, I was impressed by their system and their prompt and knowledgeable service.
    However, now that they have outsourced their technical support to the Philippines, their support downright sucks. Any question that is not listed on the tech-support crib sheets causes immediate confusion to the teenagers who answer the phone there. Frequently they just don’t understand what is being asked, and then come up with some useless and vague half-answers.
    I am now looking for a company with real tech support.

  129. Stacy Brogan says:

    This tutorial is great except for some reason I get error 404 and I don’t have a index.html 1and1 hosting page to delete… help? I’m so close yet so far!! :p

  130. Hi Michael

    Great tutorial really helped a couple of setup newbies through the jargon.

    Although we have followed the instructions you have given our screen is coming up with a 404 error, i have tried numerous re-installs with the same result. We are using as our hosts have you or anyone come accross this problem and do you have any suggestions on how to resolve the problem.

    Great themes as well by they way. Are you able to create any bespoke designs for wordpress projects that we are working on?

    I look forward to your response.

    Duncan & Mel

  131. I just wanted to say thanks so much for this Michael – I keep coming back to it to use it :)

  132. Robbie says:

    THANK YOU!!! Even though I havent yet actually uploaded wordpress, or even got it working, just watching your video has helped hugely – I have somewhere to start! We are not webby people and the “Guide” from wordpress was just too hard! (My girlfriend was actually crying as she was so frustrated!) So, a bit of a life story there, but all that to say thank you – not lets hope I can get it working!!!

  133. Daniel says:


    Thank you very much for the video-tut on how to install the wordpress blog.

    Your video is way more clear than the wordpress guidance.


  134. Mike Durkin says:

    Unfortunately, we are very limited in what we can do for this type of error since it is WordPress hosting related. Our best advice is to contact your hosting provider for set up help. Good luck. Bye the way, we have successfully used 1and1 for a few sites so I’m sure they will be able to assist you.

  135. Mike Durkin says:

    You’ll have to ask the host your talking about if they support WordPress. They would know the answer to your question.

  136. Mike Durkin says:

    Good point. You can use Google to try other ftp clients. We also recommend FileZilla. We have updated the post based on your observation. Thanks.

  137. Sandeep Goyal says:

    Nothing Complicated, Shubham.
    That’s the same way. Only difference to create config file manually or let it for wordpress.
    Rest of the things are compulsory.

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