WordPress is designed to be a simple install for those who have experience in setting up websites.
For those who don’t have as much practice, the process can seem a little overwhelming at first. The truth is, it’s really just a few simple steps before you’ll be up and running.
WordPress has confidently named its install process the “Famous Five Minute Install”, which should give some indication of how quick and easy a manual install can be when someone knows exactly what they’re doing and what they need.
But while seasoned professionals can have this done in five minutes, first time WordPress users may find they need a bit more time to gather all of the tools and resources they need.
Using This Guide
This guide will take you through the necessary steps to perform a clean manual install of WordPress for the first time.
To make it as easy as possible to follow, I’ve decided to shape this like a cooking recipe, listing the “ingredients” (in other words, the tools, files, log-ins, and other resources) you’ll need, followed by the method to get things working perfectly on your first try.
The specific design of each web host’s control panel will vary, so your process might not exactly match the screenshots below.
To make up for that, I’ve carefully highlighted the names of various tools to make it as easy as possible to find what you’re looking for.