WordPress is well-known for its ease of installation. Under most circumstances, installing WordPress is a very simple process and takes less than five minutes to complete. Many web hosts now offer tools (e.g. Fantastico) to automatically install WordPress for you. However, if you wish to install WordPress yourself, the following guide will help.
Install WordPress First
If you need help installing WordPress, follow the instructions in WordPress Codex or you can watch the Instructional Video created by LearnWebCode.
Things to Know Before Installing WordPress
Before you begin the install, there are a few things you need to have and do.
- Access to your web server (via FTP or shell)
- Ability to create MySQL databases
- A text editor
- An FTP Client
- Your web browser of choice
Things You Need to Do to Install WordPress
Begin your installation by:
- Checking to ensure that you and your web host have the minimum requirements to run WordPress.
- Downloading the most current version of WordPress.
- Unzipping the downloaded file to a folder on your hard drive.
- Creating a secure password for your Secret Key
- Keeping this webpage open so you have it handy during the installation.
Famous 5-Minute Installation
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.
- Download and unzip the WordPress package if you haven’t already.
- Create a database for WordPress on your web server, as well as a MySQL (or MariaDB) user who has all privileges for accessing and modifying it.
- (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.
- 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.
- 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.
If you’ve purchased our theme at Themeforest, you’ll need to download the theme file before you try and install it. Simply log into your account, go to your downloads, and locate your theme. Click on the download button and select the “Installable WordPress file only”. This will download the zip file for your theme.
Upload via FTP
- Step 1 – Log into your FTP client to access your host web server
- Step 2 – Browse to find the homey.zip file on your computer (located in the downloader folder from ThemeForest) and unzip it.
- Step 3 – Upload the folder you extracted from the zip file to your domain/wp-content/themes/ folder
- Step 4 – Activate the newly installed theme by going to WordPress > Appearance > Themes and clicking the Activate button.
- Step 5 – After you activate Homey you will see a notification message to activate the required plugins in the Plugins section of your dashboard.
- Step 6 – Click on Install Button on each plugin to start installing them. After you’ve installed them, Activate them.
The Child Theme
It’s recommend to install and activate also the Child Theme provided with Homey.
A child theme automatically inherits the parent theme’s features, styles, and templates. This allows you to make changes to your site using child themes without ever modifying the parent theme. When a new version of the parent theme arrives, you can safely update it as all your modifications are saved in the child theme.
A child theme built on a powerful theme framework allows a great deal of flexibility without writing a lot of code. You can selectively modify only the template files and functions that you need without going through other template files. You can add new functionality and much more.
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