How to install WordPress?

You are now ready to install WordPress and dive into the exciting world of the web! In this article, we will reveal the key steps to a successful installation, whether on your local computer or on a web hosting server. Follow our advice carefully and you will see, installing WordPress will have no more secrets for you.

With just a few clicks, discover how to install WordPress step by step, whether your domain is hosted with a hosting provider or on your computer using MAMP. Once the appropriate directory is determined, get ready to explore the installation page and the different versions of the software. Thanks to these unique tips and the expert advice of web hosting specialists, embrace the fabulous world of blogging and make your ideas shine on the web!

So, don't wait any longer and dive into the fascinating world of creating websites by learning how to install WordPress with simplicity and efficiency. Discover the secret techniques of seasoned webmasters for a hassle-free installation and benefit from valuable expertise to bring your project to life. By following the detailed steps in this guide, ensure yourself a captivating and enriching adventure in the world of blogging. Smile, here we go!

1. Prepare your local environment or web server

Before clicking the Install button, it is essential to make sure that your environment is ready to host WordPress.

If you want to work locally on your computer, a software like MAMP (Mac) or WAMP (Windows) will be necessary. This type of software allows you to have an Apache server, PHP, and MySQL on your machine.

For installation on a web server, make sure you have subscribed to a hosting compatible with the technical requirements of WordPress (PHP 7.3 minimum, MySQL 5.6 minimum) and that your domain name is correctly configured. We recommend O2Switch, but you can also turn to OVH or Ionos.

2. Download and install WordPress files

Now that your environment is ready, it's time to download the files of the latest version of the famous CMS. Go to the official WordPress website (wordpress.org) and download the archive containing all the necessary files.

Once downloaded, unzip the archive and transfer its content to the directory of your choice on your local computer or on your web hosting (via FTP). You are now ready to move on to the next step: configuring the database.

3. Configure the MySQL database

To continue the installation of WordPress, it is now time to focus on configuring the MySQL database. This step is crucial because it will allow WordPress to store and manage all the data necessary for the proper functioning of the website.

First, connect to your server, whether locally or on a remote hosting, and access the database management tool (for example, phpMyAdmin). Then, create a new database for your WordPress site, making sure to choose an easily identifiable name to facilitate future management.

Don't forget to grant the necessary privileges to the user responsible for managing this database.

Once the database is created, go back to the WordPress installation directory on your server or computer and open the wp-config-sample.php file with a text editor. Replace the default database information (name, user, password) with the ones you defined when creating your MySQL database. Also, remember to change the table prefix if you want to use a different one or if you are installing multiple WordPress installations on the same database.

Save the changes and rename the file to wp-config.php before uploading the modified files to your web server.

4. Launch the installation wizard and customize your WordPress site

Now that the database is configured and the WordPress files are in place, it's time to launch the installation wizard. To do this, open your web browser and go to your site's address followed by /wp-admin. A page will appear, inviting you to configure your WordPress website.

During the following steps, you will need to provide some essential information about your website, such as the site name, a brief description, the administrator's email address, and choose a username and password to log into the admin area.

The next screen will give you a quick overview of the information provided and offer you the opportunity to modify them if necessary. Once everything is in order, confirm to complete the installation and access the WordPress dashboard.

5. What to do after installing WordPress?

While WordPress is easy to install locally or on a hosting, there are several actions to take afterwards to have a nice, functional, and secure site.

Here are some steps to follow afterwards.

Configure the various site settings

In the WordPress dashboard, under "Settings", review all sub-sections (General, Reading, etc.) to properly fill in the various site settings.

We recommend paying special attention to the site's date and time, the site address (with or without www), and especially to permalinks.

Customize the appearance of your site

Once in the WordPress dashboard, feel free to navigate through the options to further customize your site by choosing a theme that suits you.

You can choose from one of the many free WordPress themes, or opt for premium themes.

We recommend themes like GeneratePress, Astra, or Neve for their customization options, but also for their optimizations.

If you need to create more complex pages without too much hassle (and without being a pro developer), look into Divi and Elementor.

Don't hesitate to install a child theme to secure your customization.

Add features to your WordPress installation

The most popular CMS in the world allows you to easily add features to your site through thousands of extensions, or plugins in English.

Whether it's adding share buttons, contact forms, or managing your SEO, there are several plugins for that.

Secure your website

Once a site is available on the internet, it will inevitably be subject to more or less significant hacking attempts. Therefore, you must secure it. Plugins can help you with this.

Also, remember to update the WordPress core, as well as your themes and extensions.

Installing WordPress: a piece of cake!

There you have it! By following these key steps, you now know how to install WordPress. The world of the web is now open to you, ready to welcome your projects and ideas.

Don't wait any longer to explore all the possibilities offered by this dynamic and user-friendly platform.