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How to install WordPress manually

This article describes how to manually install the popular WordPress blogging platform on your A2 Hosting account.

Depending on your account type, you can use the A2 QuickInstaller or use Softaculous in cPanel to guide you through the WordPress installation process. A manual installation is only needed for special scenarios, such as when you want to install a particular WordPress version.

Installing WordPress

WordPress is compatible with all A2 Hosting accounts, and the installation process is straightforward.

Although A2 Hosting servers are compatible with a wide variety of software applications, we cannot provide troubleshooting assistance for application-specific issues.

To install WordPress manually, follow these steps:

  1. Download the WordPress installation .zip file at http://wordpress.org/download to your local computer.
  2. Extract the .zip file on your computer.
  3. Use FTP to upload the contents of the extracted wordpress directory to the public_html directory of your A2 Hosting account.
    This step assumes that you want to install WordPress in your account's document root directory. If you want to install WordPress in a subdirectory, upload the files to the subdirectory instead.
  4. Use cPanel to create a MySQL database and database user for WordPress. You will need this information during the web configuration process.
    For information about how to create a MySQL database and user, please see this article.
  5. Use your web browser to go to the WordPress installation URL. The WordPress installation page appears.
    If you uploaded the WordPress files to the document root directory, the installation URL is your domain name (for example, http://www.example.com). If you uploaded the WordPress files to a subdirectory, add the subdirectory's name to the URL.
  6. Click Create a Configuration File.
  7. Make sure that you have the required information for the database you created in step 4, and then click Let's go!
  8. In the Database Name text box, type the name of the database you created in step 4.
    Remember that on shared hosting and reseller hosting accounts, the database name begins with your username. For example, if you create a database named wp, the full database name is username_wp, where username represents your account username.
  9. In the User Name text box, type the name of the database user you created in step 4.
    Remember that on shared hosting and reseller hosting accounts, the database username begins with your username. For example, if you create a database user named wpuser, the full database username is username_wpuser, where username represents your account username.
  10. In the Password text box, type the password for the database user you created in step 4.
  11. In the Database Host text box, confirm that the value is set to localhost.
  12. In the Table Prefix text box, confirm that the value is set to wp_.
  13. Click Submit.
  14. If WordPress is able to connect to the database, click Run the install. Otherwise, check the settings you provided in steps 8 to 12, and then try again.
  15. Under Information needed, in the Site Title text box, type the name of your site. You can name the site anything you want.
  16. In the Username text box, type a username for the administrator.
  17. In the Password, twice text boxes, type a password for the administrator.
  18. In the Your E-mail text box, type the administrator's e-mail address.
  19. If you do not want search engines to index your site, clear the Allow search engines to index this site check box.
  20. Click Install WordPress.
  21. When WordPress completes the installation, the Success! page appears.
  22. Click Log In to log in to the site, and then use the username and password that you specified in steps 16 and 17.

More Information

For more information about WordPress, please visit http://wordpress.org.