How to install WordPress with and without control panel

WordPress is the most used blogging and content management platform, and it is also very easy to install.

In most cases, your hosting provider will allow you to install it with a couple of clicks. If not, the manual process is very simple and will not take you more than 5 minutes. In this tutorial we explain step by step how to install it if you have a hosting plan with us, and also how to install it when your hosting lacks a control panel.

Install WordPress on Duplika

If you have a hosting plan registered with us, you can quickly install WordPress from your cPanel control panel. Once you've logged in, navigate to the bottom of the page and select the WordPress icon:

By clicking on it, if you have already installed a version of WordPress, you will find a list of active installations. But, if you are installing WordPress for the first time, find and click the button that says “Install”.

Next, the installer will ask us for a series of data. We mentioned the highlights, and the rest you can leave as default if you're not sure. Don't worry, it is possible to adjust any data later; perhaps one is more complicated than another, but nothing you configure here is permanent 100%.

  • directory: If your site is www.mysite.com, and in Directory you leave the “wp” option, then WordPress will be installed at www.mysite.com/wp. Leave it empty if you want to install it at the root of your domain (which is most of the time).
  • Name of the site: Specify the name you want to give your site. Remember that you can change it later without problems (ditto the description).
  • enable multisite: WordPress allows the management of several WordPress under the same domain. This functionality requires some familiarity with certain WordPress mechanics, so we recommend that you leave this option disabled for now until you are used to using the platform (again, it is possible to activate this option at any time).
  • User, email and password: Do not forget to complete your data to be able to access your desktop later.
  • Limit login attemps: You can enable this function if you want WP to block those who try to enter the administrator several times with wrong data (the third time they enter the wrong username and/or password, WP will block the IP from where they try to log in).

Once you have filled in the details, the installer will create the database, copy the files and show you the links to start using your newly installed WordPress. Then you will be able to manage the backups. or delete them directly from the control panel.

How to install WordPress manually

In case you do not have a panel to install it automatically, or you prefer to install it manually, the first step will be to download the latest version of WordPress (at the time of this writing, the latest version is 4.9.8).

On WordPress.org, you will notice a blue button at the top that says “get WordPress”.

Pressing it will redirect you to the download page, where you will get a file .zip with a “WordPress” folder full of directories and more files inside.

I unzipped everything and uploaded the files from your FTP (you can use FileZilla for that) to the remote directory where you want to install WordPress; For example, if your domain is www.mysite.com and you want to install it to mysite.com/blog, then you would create a folder called “blog” inside public_html and upload your WordPress files there.

Afterwards, when you visit the folder or url where you uploaded the files, WordPress will show you the following window:

We click on Create a configuration file and then inGo for it! Now, WP will request the connection data to your MySQL database, a fundamental requirement to be able to use it. The data is:

  • Database name
  • Database user
  • Database password

If we have cPanel, this is easy to configure from the MySQL Wizard. If we do not have cPanel, we will need those responsible for our hosting to create an empty MySQL database for this purpose, and then inform us of the three data requested by WP.

We complete the data and voila: we will have WordPress installed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below.

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