How to download WordPress and install step by step

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WordPress empowers internet users to self-host and create their own websites. Beginners may spend more time than the expert.

Two main ways to install WordPress. The time taking way empowers you to tailor your installation to your actual needs from start. Alternately, the one-click approach is easy and quick, yet may leave you with the work to do later.

In this article, I am going to show you how to download WordPress and install step by step.

Before we start let discuss the initial requirements.

What’s required to download and install WordPress

  • Server access is a must. Without it, you won’t be ready to host your website.
  • A suitable text editor such as Dreamweaver.
  • A File Transfer Protocol (FTP) client, FileZilla. There’s always a file manager within the cPanel.

With these necessities, you’ll have all you required to begin.

Steps to download WordPress and install it

  1. Download the WordPress .zip file.
  2. Create a WordPress database and user.
  3. Set up wp-config.php.
  4. Upload your WordPress files via FTP.
  5. Run the WordPress installer.

Everything relies upon your skill, some of these steps may take longer than the others. Anyway, the initial step is easy.

1. Download the WordPress .zip file

First of all, you need to download WordPress. Visit and navigate to the Download WordPress page, and then click the blue button on the bottom circled in red.

Download WordPress

2. Create a WordPress database and user

Next, you need to create a database and user manual.

Create Database and User

3. Set up wp-config.php

Next, setup the wp-config.php file to enable WordPress to connect to your database.

Navigate to the downloaded WordPress files on your computer and then rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php. Edit the file using your existing text editor, and navigate to this line:

// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //

Underneath, you can see a list of settings:

WP Config

So DB_CHARSET and DB_COLLATE options leave as it is, you’ll need to change the mentioned below, using the credentials created in step two:

DB_NAME — The name of your database
DB_USER — Your username
DB_PASSWORD — Your password
DB_HOST — Your hostname (usual localhost)

Next, navigate to the *Authentication Unique Keys and Salts section:

Authentication Key

Here, you can generate a set of secret keys and replace them. This will help you secure your WordPress installation.

4. Upload WordPress files via FTP

Now, you’re ready to install it on the server. You need to access FTP credentials, which can be found in your hosting panel. Open FileZilla, log in to your server, navigate to your root directory. It’s called www or public_html.Filezilla5. Run the WordPress installer

In the final step, you need to run the WordPress installer. Open the browser you use usually, and perform one of the following steps supported where you installed WordPress:

  • Root-directory — Navigate to
  • Sub-directory — Navigate to, where the “blog-name” is your folder-name.

Install WordPress


In this post, I’ve shown you ways to download WordPress and install it step by step. Let’s recap the method quickly:

  • Download the WordPress zip file.
  • Create a brand new database and user.
  • Configure the wp-config.php file.
  • Upload your WordPress files using FTP.
  • Run the installer and tweak the settings.

Want to install WordPress on a local server visit the post WordPress Installation on Localhost Using Wamp.

I am a freelance WordPress developer since 2014, I have created this blog for WordPress Beginners.
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