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How to Install and Run WordPress

You might know that WordPress is a simple web publishing application. You download it, install it on a server, connect it to a database, and start publishing content on the web. In the article below I am going to elaborate how to install and run WordPress.

How to Install and Run WordPress

The first step in learning or using WordPress is installing and running the application on a server. As you know, WordPress, the application, runs on a server in a group with a database. And that server is up to you; you can choose any server which you think will work perfectly for your website. As you’re learning to use the application (WordPress), you can choose to install it on a live server on the web, or you can install it locally on your computer in a virtual server environment.

There are benefits and disadvantage to both, and the best solution depends on your situation. If you want to learn how to use WordPress before you launch your site live to the web, I recommend installing the application on your computer first in what’s known as development environment, that way you only will have access to the site and even you don’t need to have internet connection to run the application.

How to install WordPress locally on your computer?

We have a step by step guide to install WordPress on WAMP server local web server I recommend you to go through and learn the criteria. In addition, if you are using Mac you can install and run WordPress MAMP on your Mac and that way you can learn how to use the WordPress before you launch your website.

When you have practiced and became familiar with the features and some basic usages of WordPress, afterward you can install and run WordPress on your server.

Indeed, there are various ways to install and run WordPress as follows:

  • Installing WordPress using Softaculous
  • Installing WordPress using MOJO MarketPlace
  • Installing WordPress using QuickInstall
  • Installing WordPress Fantastico
  • Installing WordPress FTP
  • Installing WordPress Multisite Network

It depends on your server you are using, as an illustration, I will be showing you installing WordPress using Softaculous.

Softaculous is a popular auto-installer script. It allows you to easily install popular web applications like WordPress with just a few clicks. Hosting companies like SiteGround and InMotion Hosting use Softaculous in their control panel.

To install WordPress using Softaculous, simply log in to cPanel or AMP (Account Management Panel) of your server. If you logged into AMP, you will find cPanel or Install Popular icons on your server.

Account Management Panel

Clicking on any of these icons will launch Softaculous auto-installer for WordPress.

Softaculous will ask you that where you want to install WordPress. You need to choose HTTP: // or HTTP: // www. as protocol.

Afterward, you need to choose the domain name where you want to install WordPress. If you choose to install WordPress in the domain’s root directory, like example.com. In that case, you need to make sure that the ‘In Directory’ field is blank.

Software Setup

In the Site Settings section, you need to enter your site name and site description. Remember you don’t need to tick Enable Multisite (WPMU).

Site Settings
Site Settings

After that scroll down to admin account. In admin account, you need to enter your admin username and admin password. I recommend you to enter a strong password for your account. Also, you have to enter your email address, in case, you forget your account password, you can reset it easily.

Admin Account
Admin Account

In the next steps, you will be asked to choose your preferred language. Moreover, you can tick limit login attempts.

Choose Language and Select Plugin
Choose Language and Select Plugin

After completing all required features, finally, click the install button to install WordPress. Softaculous will run the installer using the settings you provided. You will see a progress bar with installation status. It will take a couple of minutes for WordPress installation.


Finally, you will see a success message after the installation is finished. Afterward, you will see a website link and another link to your WordPress admin area.

Now you can easily login to WordPress admin area with the username and password you have chosen for your WordPress account.

Hope the article was useful and please feel free write your feedback about the article in the comment box below.

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