Anyone reasonably comfortable with the concept of performing installations can install WordPress in a matter of around five minutes following these simple steps:
- Download/ unzip the latest WordPress (WP) version
- Create a WP database on your server
- Create a MySQL user with all access/ modification privileges
- Change the file name ‘wp-config-sample.php’ to read as such: ‘wp-config.php’
- Use a text editor to open the renamed file and enter database details to generate/ use the secret key password
- Upload WP files to the desired server location
Files may be uploaded to either the domain (like http://mysite.com/, for example) root (by moving/ uploading all of the unzipped WP directory’s files – excluding the actual directory – into the server’s root directory) or a sub-directory. The latter is done by creating the sub-directory (this may look like this: http://mysite.com/myblog/) on the server and then uploading the files via FTP.
It should be noted that if the FTP client offers the option to convert the names of files into lower case, this should be disabled.
Finally, use your browser to access the wp-admin/install.php for WP and run the installation script. The location you uploaded the files to will determine where you will find this script. If stored in the domain’s root directory, it should be found at (to stay with the above examples) http://mysite.com/wp-admin/install.php, while storing the files in a subdirectory will place the script at http://mysite.com/myblog/wp-admin/install.php.
All being well, the installation should now be complete. In case you are not well versed/ used to performing installations like this, you will perhaps be served better by following somewhat more detailed instructions designed to guide you step by step through the entire process.