A blog is a great way to reach your audience, and WordPress offers a seamless experience for making it happen. As one of the most popular blogging platforms, WordPress can take the place of duller posts and invite interaction with the press of a button. You’ll have to install it first, however, and the process requires a little computer know-how. It might not seem easy at first glance, but with the help of this guide, you’ll have WordPress on your website in no time.
- Download WordPress
You’ll need your domain and web host settled first. If you have those secured, you’re ready to start the process. Download WordPress where you like on your computer, and make sure it’s the latest version.
- Upload to Website
Next, unzip the files and upload all the files to your web host’s directory. You’ll need an FTP client to do this, but multiple options exist. Once your FTP is ready, find your domain’s root directory, usually found as the “public_html” directory; if you want to put your blog on a specific page, direct the FTP to the public_html directory for that page. Upload.
- Set Up Database
Now that the files are on your website, the collection needs a database — that is, a place where they’re all stored together. Go into your web host’s control panel and find the Databases section; this often comes in the form of “MySQL Databases.” You’ll be prompted to give it a name, and this can be whatever you like.
The database needs a way to recognize you as the administrator, however, and will require a username and password. Find the Users section of your control panel and navigate to the database user creation page; from there you can make up a username and password to control the blog. Be sure to have these values memorized, or write them down so you don’t forget.
- Make Yourself Admin
Return to the Databases page and find your blog’s database. There should be an option to “Add User to Database,” so click it and select the username your created to add yourself. From there you’ll be prompted to manage what privileges your account has; select “All Privileges” and save your progress.
Depending on how you choose to advance, you can either go to the domain (or subdomain) where your blog’s files are or add “wp-admin/install.php” to the domain address to start the installation process. WordPress will implement your blog on your site, and you should get your installation confirmation sent to your WordPress-registered email.
It’s possible to use installers and make more personal changes to your blog, but this simple process makes it easy to have your blog up and running. You don't need to be an advanced programmer or blog designer to get your blog installed. It won't take too long, and you can be blogging away with WordPress in a matter of minutes.