What is Hosting?
Thing of a web hosting like a storage where your web stuff resides, things like files, programs and, of course, WordPress. Obviously it has full web visibility with your credentials. Many web companies offer the service for a small fee. Great companies like Blue Host. 1and1, Hostgator, Godaddy, Dreamhost, among others are always offering a promotion one way or another.
Register your domain
Select your web name, like your company name, it has to be unique.
Every website needs a domain and web hosting. A domain is your website’s address on the internet (i.e wpbeginner.com). Web hosting is where your website live on the internet. It’s where your files, images, and articles are stored.
You need to have both of these to start a blog.
In order for us to keep our business model sustainable and provide you with this excellent service, we require users to signup with our partner web hosts. These companies are hand-picked by our founder, Syed Balkhi, and they are known to offer top-notch service.
This way you get quality web hosting, which you were going to pay for anyways. At no additional cost to you, we receive a small commission from our partner web hosting companies for referring a new client. You actually end up getting significant discounts because each of these companies offer special deals to our readers.
It’s a WIN WIN WIN, all the way around.
To get started, simply signup with any of the web hosting providers listed below using the links on this page.
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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.