Follow these easy steps below to manually install WordPress using via FTP.
- Download an FTP Client on your computer.
- Create an FTP Account within your hosting account.
- Download the most recent version and extract WordPress.
- Upload the theme folder via FTP to your WordPress install.
- Create a new database and database user in cPanel.
- Put your website’s information.
- WordPress has now been installed successfully.
Step 1: Download an FTP Client on Your Computer
To install your WordPress site with FTP, first, you need an FTP client on your computer. ‘FTP Client’ is an abbreviation of the term ‘File Transfer Protocol’ and the technical term for a downloaded software tool that will allow for drag-able access of files from your computer to upload to your website’s directory. It really is a powerful thing and if it isn’t used properly you really can mess your site up once things are up and going. But since this is a fresh installation, we don’t have to worry about that part right now.
Have FTP software (We recommend Filezilla). FileZilla.
Step 2: Create an FTP Account Within Your Hosting Account:
Now you need to ensure you have access to your hosting from the FTP Client. Typically you have to set up your own FTP user access within your hosting. This is a different process for every hosting company as their backend environments are all different. But the end goal is the same. You need to create an FTP User Account. You will create a username and a password (make it very strong!).
The other piece of information you’ll need is the hostname. Once you create the user account generally the hosting company provides you with the hostname upon accepting the newly created user.
Depending on if you’re hosting is set up to create what is called Secure FTP (abbreviated sFTP) you’ll also need the Port Number to be able to access via your FTP Client.
Step 3: Download the most recent version and extract WordPress
Download and save the latest version of WordPress from the WordPress page to your computer and Double-click the ZIP file downloaded to open the ZIP file and choose Extract all files.
Step 4: Upload the theme folder via FTP to your WordPress install
Software to upload the files to your web hosting directory.
- To install WordPress into the main domain, select and upload to /public_html/directory.
- To Install WordPress into a subfolder, select and upload to /public_html/foldername.
Step 5: Create a new database and database user in cPanel
Next, you need to login to your cPanel. Do this by navigating to your hosting control panel and log in with the cPanel login information from your hosting company.
Go to my SQL database button.
Create a database by entering a database name on the “new database” form and clicking on “Create Database.”
After creating the database name, you will need to fill in your username and password. Click on “Create user.”
Under “add the user to database” you need to choose the user and the database that you created earlier. Click on the “add” button.
Step 6: Put your website’s information
- Your username
- Your password
- Your email address