Although single-click installations are said to be more fast and easy to do than anything while installing peripherals into the CMS during WordPress customization. It is certainly not the case when it comes to installing the WordPress CMS into your hosted server. It is always recommended that you do this method manually as it provides much more security in your hands. This is the method by which WordPress can be installed onto your server without the help of any third-party plugin:
1. Using the WordPress package installer
The WordPress package is a file that has to be downloaded so that the integration of the WordPress module can take place with your host server. The package is in a downloadable zip format and is provided by the official WordPress website and can be found here.
2. Uploading WordPress package into the hosting server
The zip file has to be now unzipped and be readied for uploading into the hosting account. This process can be completed using three ways:
- Uploading the file through the File Manager application: The file manager is a module that can be found in cPanel. It’s a sort of hub that interacts with all files that are linked with your server account. The only limit to the file manager is the uploading capacity of 500MB. Therefore, if there any files to be uploaded which are above this limit, then an FTP transfer would be a viable choice.
- Uploading the file through FTP (File transfer protocol): There are various types of FTP software available, and most webmasters use them. There are several softwares that indulges in FTP transfers. A familiar webmaster used for such jobs is the Dreamweaver.
- Uploading the file through SSH (Shared secure shell): Unlike the rest of the protocols, the SSH transfer method works on the command line. Hence, it works using the command prompt window in the Windows OS and terminal in Mac or Linux OS.
3. Making a new MySQL database
Since the entire functioning of your WordPress website will take place on the basis of a database, it is time to create one for our website. This can be made in the database module in cPanel. Once inside the wizard, create a new database with a name and define the number of users and their respective entry passwords. Add the privileges for each user accordingly.
4. Modification of the WordPress configuration file
There are many WordPress development services that offer to do this part of the installation, but it is safer to do it personally. This is the most crucial step, and making changes within this file will literally affect the way your site picks up information and functions. The wp-config.php file stores all the crucial information about the databases and how the WordPress CMS application should interpret them. To make sure that the entire website runs smoothly, all database information must correctly be associated with its respective functions. This is done using the following steps:
- Navigate through the File Manager within the WordPress installation, search for the wp-config-sample.php file.
- Once found, this file has to be renamed into the wp-config.php file.
- Enter the code edit for this newly named file and go to the line displaying “database_name_here”. Replace this with your database name. Also, replace the username and password areas with your personal username and password. This will link it with your database, assuring an accurate interpretation of the data provided.
- Finally, when all the edits are done, save all the changes made and the software will modify automatically.
5. Execute the install.php script
Once all the necessary WordPress customization, including uploads and linking, has been done, it is time to execute it all. To do this a brand new web window has to be opened on which the installation script must run with your domain name ahead of it. Now, if all your configuration and uploading were done correctly, you’ll see the welcome page of the WordPress five minute installation process.
6. The five-minute installation page
This page is relatively simple compared to all the other information providing you did. Here you have to provide your miscellaneous contact details such as the username, password, full name, email address, etc. After this, complete the installation by hitting the install button and voila! Your server has successfully been integrated into the WordPress CMS.
This entire process may seem quite tedious and a lot of brute work. But, this is the most secure way you can install the WordPress CMS, since, you’re the only one with the knowledge of the username and password for your databases and server access. Unlike the various WordPress development services which provide no solid guarantee about the safety of your username and password. Furthermore, this method of installation also gives you the option of enabling and disabling whichever features you want. Something that is rarely seen in other methods of installation.