How to install WordPress manually


In this WordPress tutorial we will help you learn how to install WordPress manually on any web hosting account. The detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your web hosting account will help you save a lot of time, so you can easily focus on more important stuff like building your website or growing your business. If you follow these guidelines, you will have a brand new, manual installation of the latest WordPress version in less than 5 minutes.

4 steps tutorial on how to install WordPress manually

STEP 1 Download the WordPress installation package

In order to start the process of how to install WordPress manually, first you need to download the WordPress installation package from the official WordPress download page. Please make sure that you always download and install the latest stable version of WordPress as it contains all the security patches and updates necessary to build a secure website.

You need to click on the Download button, on the download page next to the latest WordPress version. Save the installation package to your hard disk, exactly as you save any other file you download from Internet. To be able to easily locate the installation package, save the file on your desktop. Once you locate the file, you need to extract it to a new folder.

How to install WordPress manually

STEP 2 Upload the WordPress files to any web hosting account

The second step on how to install WordPress manually is to upload the extracted files and folders to your web hosting account on the web server of the hosting company you chose. The easiest way to upload the installation files is via FTP. Additionally you can upload the file you downloaded from the official WordPress download page and simply use the extract button in your file manager in the cPanel of your hosting account.

Important!   If you wish your domain name (the name of your website) to open your WordPress, you need to upload the extracted files to your public_html folder.

Once the WordPress download is complete, extract the archive and upload it to your web hosting account. You can do that via FTP using a client application like Filezilla or via cPanel -> File Manager -> Upload file(s). Again if you want this WordPress installation to be main for your website, the files should reside in the public_html folder of your account. However, you can always make a subfolder (i.e. public_html/blog) if you want to run only part of your website on WordPress.

STEP 3 Create a MySQL Database for the WordPress

The nest step on how to install WordPress manually is to create a MySQL database and assign a user to it with full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to do that, please follow the steps described in our tutorial on How to Create MySQL Username and Database. Once you create your MySQL Database and User, make sure you write down the database name, database username and password you’ve just created. You will need those for the installation process.

STEP 4 Follow the WordPress Installation Guide

The last step on how to install wordpress manually is to navigate to your domain name and to start with the WordPress installation process. If you have uploaded WordPress in your public_html directory you’ll need to go to in your preferred browser. The first thing you will notice is a message, telling you that you don’t have a wp-config.php file and you should create one. Just click on the Create a Configuration File button to proceed.