How to Install WordPress: A Step-By-Step Guide

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. That said, I never recommend a product or service that I don’t personally endorse for growing your business.

Are you confused about how to install WordPress? Perhaps you’re sick and tired of all the guides out there that make it seem like a coding nightmare and you’re thinking that you’d need a computer degree hanging on your bathroom wall to get it right? Don’t worry. This post will show you how to install WordPress as quickly and easily as possible. No computer qualifications required, I promise.

The first step is to choose a blogging platform. I use and recommend WordPress.org as I feel it is the best choice for any blogger who is serious about growing their online presence.

Related: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.com: Advantages & Disadvantages of Each Platform

Although it is possible to create a blog with WordPress.com, or other platforms that assist you with starting a blog for free, I’d rarely recommend these except in rare situations where you’re happy with a very basic site that you don’t plan to earn any money from. Even then, I’d caution that circumstances change and it probably isn’t a great idea to be limiting yourself or your blog from the start.

Given that it can cost substantially less to start a blog on the WordPress.org platform that benefits from all the features (and more) of WordPress.com’s top ‘Business’ package, I don’t think there is a more cost-effective option than using WordPress.org to get the functionality you need to build and grow your blog.

Also, the fact that there are no restrictions on how you can make money with a WordPress.org blog (provided it is legal!), and the fact that you have complete control and ownership of the content you produce without having to adhere to WordPress.com’s Terms of Services makes me believe even more that it is the obvious choice for your blog.

wordpress installing instructions header icon image

How to Install WordPress – Selecting a Host

The first step to manually install WordPress is to get hosting sorted for your new blog – don’t let this worry you though, as it’s pretty simple to set up even if you aren’t very technically savvy (especially thanks to the step-by-step guide to completing a WordPress install at the bottom of this post!).

I use Siteground to host my WordPress.org blog, and I recommend that you do too.

Siteground made it super-quick and simple for me to install and set up WordPress, and it provides all the features and support I need to grow and maintain my blog.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Super-Easy Installation Thanks to their 1-Click Installer (included on all plans), a manual WordPress install couldn’t be quicker and more straightforward. (See the step-by-step guide below for instructions on how to install WordPress manually).

  • Autoupdates Siteground automatically installs the latest version of WordPress for you meaning you have one less thing to worry about.

  • Ultra-Fast Loading – Each of Siteground’s plans includes awesome features to help your blog load as quickly as possible.

  • Officially Recommended by WordPress.org – WordPress.org has given Siteground its stamp of approval for hosting, giving you peace of mind that it is a trustworthy and reliable platform to install WordPress on.

How to Install WordPress Using Siteground: A Step-By-Step Guide

Step One:

Click here to check out Siteground’s hosting packages.

Select the one you want and click the ‘Order Now’ button.

(I use GrowBig as I prefer the option of being able to create multiple websites on the same hosting package).

how to instal wordpress step one - siteground hosting package options

Step Two:

The next step is to choose the domain name that you’d like your blog to use.

You have a couple of options; you can enter an existing domain if you have one registered already, or you can choose to register a new domain name for your blog.

Click the ‘Proceed’ button once complete.

wordpress install guide step two - choose a domain to install word press to

Step Three:

If you chose a new domain name as part of Step Two (and provided it is currently available), you’ll see a congratulations message on-screen. If your chosen domain is already taken, you’ll need to go back a step and enter a new one.

Complete the form on this page, but don’t worry about the extra services listed at the bottom of the form for now as I cover these in Step Four.

wordpress installation guide step three - image showing siteground confirmation that domain is available for creating a blog with

Step Four:

Siteground allows you to add a few extra services to your hosting package:

  • Domain Registration: This will automatically be selected if you’re registering a new domain for your blog.
  • Domain Privacy: Typically, your personal details will be made publicly available in the WHOIS database when you register a new domain. This option prevents these details being from being available to the public and also makes the contact information you enter as part of the registration process private.
  • SG Site Scanner: This is a service from Siteground which lets you know if your website has been attacked by hackers, and informs you if any malware has been installed and detected on your blog.

(I chose to add both domain privacy and Siteground’s Site Scanner to my hosting package to provide additional peace of mind. This is a personal choice though, and it certainly isn’t mandatory).

wordpress set up instructions step four - image showing the extra siteground services that are available to add to your wordpress instal

Step Five:

Now that your registration is complete, you can log in to Siteground via the button in the top-right of your screen.

howto install wordpress tutorial step five - image showing where to login to siteground hosting platform

Step Six:

Once you’re logged in, the next step is to click the ‘My Accounts’ tab. This should be located below the Siteground logo on your screen.

Next, click ‘Manage Account’.

(You’ll notice that my hosting package contains two websites. Yours will likely only show the domain that you just purchased hosting for – this is normal).

word press setup step six - image showing the siteground navigation steps required to continue the manual install wordpress process

Step Seven:

Click on the red button that says ‘Go to cPanel’.

how to download wordpress step seven - first part of the install wordpress cpanel instructions

Step Eight:

Scroll down the page until you reach a heading which reads ‘AUTOINSTALLERS’.

Click on the WordPress installer icon under this heading.

wordpress tutoruial step eight - image showing the button to click in cpanel to begin installing wordpress

Step Nine:

Click on the blue button to start the WordPress installation.

How to install wordpress step nine - image showing the button to click to start the 5 minute wordpress install process

Step Ten:

There are a few things to do here:

First, select which ‘Protocol’ you want to use from the dropdown list.

(I selected HTTPS given that I use the free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate provided by Siteground. This provides greater website security and also provides a ranking boost by Google. You can opt for HTTP, however, if you prefer).

Next, check that the correct domain is listed in the ‘Choose Domain’ box.

Finally, leave the ‘In Directory’ field blank.

How to install wordpress step ten - setting up blog domain and word press install directory instruction image

Step Eleven:

Scroll down the page from where you selected your protocol (HTTPS, HTTP, etc.) and from where you checked your domain in Step Ten.

There a few important settings under the ‘Site Settings’ heading that you’ll want to update as part of the WordPress setup (these are shown with a star beside them in the image below).

  • Site Name: Enter a name for your blog, for example, John’s Gardening Blog
  • Site Description: Include a brief description about your blog, e.g. the type of content that you will be creating and sharing.
  • Admin Username: I recommend updating this from the default value provided by Siteground. Something memorable is ideal, for example an email address.
  • Admin Password: Again, I recommend updating this from the default value provided. Choose something memorable yet secure.
wordpress installation tutorial step eleven - image showing how to change blog name, description and admin details

Step Twelve:

Once the software has successfully been installed, take a note of the ‘Administrative URL’ provided (this is circled for my particular site in the image below).

This is where you’ll be building your blog from and uploading content to. It’s a good idea to add this address to your bookmarks as you’ll be using it regularly.

Helpful tip: Don’t worry if you’ve skipped ahead or closed the window without taking a note of your Admin URL. Simply add “/wp-admin/” to the end of your chosen domain name (e.g. http://www.myblog.com/wp-admin/) and you’ll be able to access it.

how to make a blog on wordpress step twelve - image showing the wordpress software installed successfully

And Finally…

Well done! Give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve successfully installed WordPress and you’re now ready to start customizing your blog.

Click on your ‘Administrative URL’ from Step Twelve to access the admin area for your new blog.

To help you get started with WordPress, I’ve added some orange stars to the image below beside the various functions that you’ll probably be most interested in to start with. These include:

  • ‘Customize Your Site’: You can complete some basic customization of your blog’s appearance from here, for example, color schemes.
  • ‘change your theme completely’: You can change the default theme that has been added to your WordPress blog from here. I use and recommend the Avada theme, which includes a simple drag-and-drop editor and visual builder to make customizing your site as easy as possible without needing to know how to code. Click here to read my review of the Avada theme.
  • ‘Write your first blog post’: Click here to write a blog post.
  • ‘Plugins’: This is where you’ll manage your plugins from. It can be accessed at any time from the sidebar of your blog’s admin area.
How to install wordpress - advice for wordpress beginners on how to setup blog - image showing where to change theme, write first post and add plugins, etc. in the wordpress admin area

I hope you find the step-by-step guide above useful.

Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions or concerns about how to install WordPress and I’ll try my best to help you out.

Recommended:Now that you’ve installed your blog, the following WordPress guide will provide you with all the information and advice you need to start getting traffic: WordPress SEO: The Ultimate Guide.

Happy blogging!

– Jonathan

Web Hosting

How to Install WordPress: A Step-By-Step Guide

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. That said, I never recommend a product or service that I don’t personally endorse for growing your business.

Are you confused about how to install WordPress? Perhaps you’re sick and tired of all the guides out there that make it seem like a coding nightmare and you’re thinking that you’d need a computer degree hanging on your bathroom wall to get it right? Don’t worry. This post will show you how to install WordPress as quickly and easily as possible. No computer qualifications required, I promise.

The first step is to choose a blogging platform. I use and recommend WordPress.org as I feel it is the best choice for any blogger who is serious about growing their online presence.

Related: WordPress.com vs. WordPress.com: Advantages & Disadvantages of Each Platform

Although it is possible to create a blog with WordPress.com, or other platforms that assist you with starting a blog for free, I’d rarely recommend these except in rare situations where you’re happy with a very basic site that you don’t plan to earn any money from. Even then, I’d caution that circumstances change and it probably isn’t a great idea to be limiting yourself or your blog from the start.

Given that it can cost substantially less to start a blog on the WordPress.org platform that benefits from all the features (and more) of WordPress.com’s top ‘Business’ package, I don’t think there is a more cost-effective option than using WordPress.org to get the functionality you need to build and grow your blog.

Also, the fact that there are no restrictions on how you can make money with a WordPress.org blog (provided it is legal!), and the fact that you have complete control and ownership of the content you produce without having to adhere to WordPress.com’s Terms of Services makes me believe even more that it is the obvious choice for your blog.

wordpress installing instructions header icon image

How to Install WordPress – Selecting a Host

The first step to manually install WordPress is to get hosting sorted for your new blog – don’t let this worry you though, as it’s pretty simple to set up even if you aren’t very technically savvy (especially thanks to the step-by-step guide to completing a WordPress install at the bottom of this post!).

I use Siteground to host my WordPress.org blog, and I recommend that you do too.

Siteground made it super-quick and simple for me to install and set up WordPress, and it provides all the features and support I need to grow and maintain my blog.

Here are just a few of the benefits:

  • Super-Easy Installation Thanks to their 1-Click Installer (included on all plans), a manual WordPress install couldn’t be quicker and more straightforward. (See the step-by-step guide below for instructions on how to install WordPress manually).

  • Autoupdates Siteground automatically installs the latest version of WordPress for you meaning you have one less thing to worry about.

  • Ultra-Fast Loading – Each of Siteground’s plans includes awesome features to help your blog load as quickly as possible.

  • Officially Recommended by WordPress.org – WordPress.org has given Siteground its stamp of approval for hosting, giving you peace of mind that it is a trustworthy and reliable platform to install WordPress on.

How to Install WordPress Using Siteground: A Step-By-Step Guide

Step One:

Click here to check out Siteground’s hosting packages.

Select the one you want and click the ‘Order Now’ button.

(I use GrowBig as I prefer the option of being able to create multiple websites on the same hosting package).

how to instal wordpress step one - siteground hosting package options

Step Two:

The next step is to choose the domain name that you’d like your blog to use.

You have a couple of options; you can enter an existing domain if you have one registered already, or you can choose to register a new domain name for your blog.

Click the ‘Proceed’ button once complete.

wordpress install guide step two - choose a domain to install word press to

Step Three:

If you chose a new domain name as part of Step Two (and provided it is currently available), you’ll see a congratulations message on-screen. If your chosen domain is already taken, you’ll need to go back a step and enter a new one.

Complete the form on this page, but don’t worry about the extra services listed at the bottom of the form for now as I cover these in Step Four.

wordpress installation guide step three - image showing siteground confirmation that domain is available for creating a blog with

Step Four:

Siteground allows you to add a few extra services to your hosting package:

  • Domain Registration: This will automatically be selected if you’re registering a new domain for your blog.
  • Domain Privacy: Typically, your personal details will be made publicly available in the WHOIS database when you register a new domain. This option prevents these details being from being available to the public and also makes the contact information you enter as part of the registration process private.
  • SG Site Scanner: This is a service from Siteground which lets you know if your website has been attacked by hackers, and informs you if any malware has been installed and detected on your blog.

(I chose to add both domain privacy and Siteground’s Site Scanner to my hosting package to provide additional peace of mind. This is a personal choice though, and it certainly isn’t mandatory).

wordpress set up instructions step four - image showing the extra siteground services that are available to add to your wordpress instal

Step Five:

Now that your registration is complete, you can log in to Siteground via the button in the top-right of your screen.

howto install wordpress tutorial step five - image showing where to login to siteground hosting platform

Step Six:

Once you’re logged in, the next step is to click the ‘My Accounts’ tab. This should be located below the Siteground logo on your screen.

Next, click ‘Manage Account’.

(You’ll notice that my hosting package contains two websites. Yours will likely only show the domain that you just purchased hosting for – this is normal).

word press setup step six - image showing the siteground navigation steps required to continue the manual install wordpress process

Step Seven:

Click on the red button that says ‘Go to cPanel’.

how to download wordpress step seven - first part of the install wordpress cpanel instructions

Step Eight:

Scroll down the page until you reach a heading which reads ‘AUTOINSTALLERS’.

Click on the WordPress installer icon under this heading.

wordpress tutoruial step eight - image showing the button to click in cpanel to begin installing wordpress

Step Nine:

Click on the blue button to start the WordPress installation.

How to install wordpress step nine - image showing the button to click to start the 5 minute wordpress install process

Step Ten:

There are a few things to do here:

First, select which ‘Protocol’ you want to use from the dropdown list.

(I selected HTTPS given that I use the free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate provided by Siteground. This provides greater website security and also provides a ranking boost by Google. You can opt for HTTP, however, if you prefer).

Next, check that the correct domain is listed in the ‘Choose Domain’ box.

Finally, leave the ‘In Directory’ field blank.

How to install wordpress step ten - setting up blog domain and word press install directory instruction image

Step Eleven:

Scroll down the page from where you selected your protocol (HTTPS, HTTP, etc.) and from where you checked your domain in Step Ten.

There a few important settings under the ‘Site Settings’ heading that you’ll want to update as part of the WordPress setup (these are shown with a star beside them in the image below).

  • Site Name: Enter a name for your blog, for example, John’s Gardening Blog
  • Site Description: Include a brief description about your blog, e.g. the type of content that you will be creating and sharing.
  • Admin Username: I recommend updating this from the default value provided by Siteground. Something memorable is ideal, for example an email address.
  • Admin Password: Again, I recommend updating this from the default value provided. Choose something memorable yet secure.
wordpress installation tutorial step eleven - image showing how to change blog name, description and admin details

Step Twelve:

Once the software has successfully been installed, take a note of the ‘Administrative URL’ provided (this is circled for my particular site in the image below).

This is where you’ll be building your blog from and uploading content to. It’s a good idea to add this address to your bookmarks as you’ll be using it regularly.

Helpful tip: Don’t worry if you’ve skipped ahead or closed the window without taking a note of your Admin URL. Simply add “/wp-admin/” to the end of your chosen domain name (e.g. http://www.myblog.com/wp-admin/) and you’ll be able to access it.

how to make a blog on wordpress step twelve - image showing the wordpress software installed successfully

And Finally…

Well done! Give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve successfully installed WordPress and you’re now ready to start customizing your blog.

Click on your ‘Administrative URL’ from Step Twelve to access the admin area for your new blog.

To help you get started with WordPress, I’ve added some orange stars to the image below beside the various functions that you’ll probably be most interested in to start with. These include:

  • ‘Customize Your Site’: You can complete some basic customization of your blog’s appearance from here, for example, color schemes.
  • ‘change your theme completely’: You can change the default theme that has been added to your WordPress blog from here. I use and recommend the Avada theme, which includes a simple drag-and-drop editor and visual builder to make customizing your site as easy as possible without needing to know how to code. Click here to read my review of the Avada theme.
  • ‘Write your first blog post’: Click here to write a blog post.
  • ‘Plugins’: This is where you’ll manage your plugins from. It can be accessed at any time from the sidebar of your blog’s admin area.
How to install wordpress - advice for wordpress beginners on how to setup blog - image showing where to change theme, write first post and add plugins, etc. in the wordpress admin area

I hope you find the step-by-step guide above useful.

Let me know in the comments section if you have any questions or concerns about how to install WordPress and I’ll try my best to help you out.

Recommended: Now that you’ve installed your blog, the following WordPress guide will provide you with all the information and advice you need to start getting traffic: WordPress SEO: The Ultimate Guide.

Happy blogging!

– Jonathan

Web Hosting

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