WordPress has made the WordPress Install very user friendly.
There are several software’s that help you to get WordPress up and going. What you have available to you is dependent on what hosting your use using. I’m going to walk you through several of the available options to get your WordPress installed and operating correctly.
I will cover 3 methods that will allow you to install WordPress on your site.

  1. Install WordPress Using Wealthy Affiliate
  2. Hostgator WordPress Installation
  3. The Famous 5 Minute Install from WordPress.org

Most hosting now provides a dedicated installer that will get you up and running with WordPress in no time.

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Install WordPress Using Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy affiliate has 2 free websites available to the general public. If you are just getting started with WordPress and don’t have a lot of money to spend, or if you are in need of a place to learn to use WordPress, this is a great option.

You can get started with a free site here:

As a developer of sites, I have used the free Wealthy Affiliate websites to build sites for clients that they can see as the site is developed and yet, is not built on their company site. This lets the customer see what is being developed for them and provides them a place to comment on how the site looks before it becomes live.

A premium member at Wealthy Affiliate has an unlimited number of these free sites available for this sort of work. If desired, Wealthy Affiliate also provides hosting for an unlimited number of sites that are registered elsewhere. This can be a nice savings over some of the other hosting platforms and has the added benefit of all the training available inside Wealthy Affiliate.

WA MenuLets have a look at how easy it is to set up a site in Wealthy Affiliate.

Once you have created an account you will see a menu in the top left corner, one of the buttons is labeled Build My Website.

Clicking this selection will take you into the site builder

A list of all of the sites that are in your account will appear. On this page, you will log in to your sites and manage them. There is access to the support team and other website related items that you may need in the future. For now, we are only interested in the Create a New Website button.

At the top of the page is a button for Create a New Website, click this.

You will be presented with a page showing 4 steps.

Wealthy Affiliate Site Builder Screen


  1. Choose the type of site you wish to create.
    • Select a free site and a prompt will appear asking for the sitename.
    • Select On a Domain I Own and enter the URL that you purchased. (This is only available for Premium members)
  2. Enter the title for your site
    • This will show at the top of your site and can be changed at any time.
  3. Choose a look for your site
    • Here you will select a theme for your site, we will be customizing the look of the site so what you see are just examples of how the site is styled.
    • This also can be changed at any time, so you can browse and choose one you like or just pick any of them to get your site created.
  4. Build Your Site.
    1. The system will create a site for you and install WordPress software as a platform for you to use.

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Hostgator WordPress Installation

Let me walk you through the WordPress installer at HostGator.

When you set up your account at HostGator, you were provided with a cPanel login. Log in to this first and you will see this screen.
You can click on either the WordPress Icon or you can Scroll down to Software Services and find the Quick Install Icon. If you Choose Software Services, you will then need to select WordPress from the left menu.
Once there, you will see a form to fill out. Add your information as indicated in the fields and click the Install Now Button.

HostGator WordPress Setup


When complete, you will be presented with a Green bar that shows 100% and a message at the bottom of the screen. Record the UserName and Password as this is your login information for the WordPress Install and you will need this when you log in to your site.

HostGator WordPress Success

The Twenty Fifteen theme will be installed on your site as a default. Of course, your theme can be changed at any time so don’t worry about how the site looks right now.

Click on the word “here” on the first line, and you will be taken to your new WordPress site.

To Log in to your site and begin to develop it into a site you can be proud to show off, click on the link on the 3rd line that contains /wp-admin at the end. If you like, and you are already viewing your site, add /wp-admin to the end of the URL and you will go to the login screen.

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WordPress.org WordPress Installation

This is also known as manual installation. If you ever need to create an installation of WordPress on a Local Computer, or need to overwrite your WordPress Installation, this process can come in handy.

WordPress provides the famous five-minute WordPress install. If you go to WordPress.org this is the method that you will find. http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress

Famous 5-Minute Install

Here’s the quick version of the instructions for those who are already comfortable with performing such installations. More detailed instructions follow.

If you are not comfortable with renaming files, step 3 is optional and you can skip it as the install program will create the wp-config.php file for you.

  1. Download and unzip the WordPress package if you haven’t already.
  2. Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
  3. (Optional) Find and rename wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php, then edit the file (see Editing wp-config.php) and add your database information.
  4. Upload the WordPress files to the desired location on your web server:
    • If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (excluding the WordPress directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
    • If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your website (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), create the blog directory on your server and upload the contents of the unzipped WordPress package to the directory via FTP.
    • Note: If your FTP client has an option to convert file names to lower case, make sure it’s disabled.
  5. Run the WordPress installation script by accessing the URL in a web browser. This should be the URL where you uploaded the WordPress files.
    • If you installed WordPress in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/
    • If you installed WordPress in its own subdirectory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/

That’s it! WordPress should now be installed.


Many new users will find this to be beyond their capabilities as you need to have FTP, need to understand how to set up an SQL database and several other complex issues like the need to find the WP – config – sample.php file. If you find you need to attempt this, I’ll walk you through this as the last option. It isn’t really all that difficult and is good to have in the back of your mind in the event of a problem.

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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.

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