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In the event you cannot use Softaculous to install WordPress, you can install WordPress manually by downloading the files and uploading them to your server. This tutorial will teach you how to install WordPress manually on your server.

Install WordPress manuallyFirst you will need to download the .zip file from WordPress. Once you get the WordPress files, you can upload them to your cPanel, set up the database and configure WordPress to work. Below are the steps to Install WordPress on your server manually.

Steps to install WordPress manually

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress from their official site:
  2. Login into your cPanel.
  3. Go to the File Manager. Select the directory you want to install your WordPress on and click Go.
  4. File structure WordPressExtract the WordPress zip file in the directory for your WordPress site.

    Note! If you extract the file, the files will go into a Wordpress folder. You will need to move the files from the WordPress folder directly to your Site document root directory.

    You should have the files all in the root directory like the snapshot to the right.

  5. Copy config file WordPressNext, you will need to make a copy of the wp-config-sample.php file.

    Rename the wp-config-sample WordPressName the wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php like the snapshot to the right.

    View of renamed file WordPressThe image to the right is what you should see in your File manager. The wp-config.php should show below the wp-config-sample.php.

  6. Create a database and Database user. Add the user to the database with full permissions.

    Important! Save the database name, username, and database user password. You will need this in the next step.

  7. Database settings for WordPressWith the File Manager code editor, edit the wp-config.php file. Change the database name, username, and password in the wp-config.php file.

    Save the changes.

  8. Install Screen for WordPressVisit your domain that you uploaded the WordPress files to. You will have an installation screen like the snapshot to the right.

    Enter the Site title, username, password and your email address for your WordPress Dashboard admin login. Click Install WordPress.

    Successful install WordPressYou will now have a Success screen pop up. You can Log into the WordPress Dashboard by clicking Log in.

Congratulations, now you know how perform a manual installation of WordPress!

Continued Education in Course 101: An introduction to WordPress
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Section 11: How to Install WordPress on an Addon Domain
n/a Points
2014-07-09 6:52 am

I did the steps but why is there an error once i try to configure it. I entered and it redirected to my host server with a 404 message. Can you please help me fix this

39,022 Points
2014-07-09 7:47 am
Hello DDRom,

You do not want to see anything at wp-config.php, however it should just show a blank screen if you go there and not a 404. 404 errors mean that the file does not exist. Have you tried just going to your domain name only? for instance? If you do not see the site as it should show then you will want to remove the files and repeat the process. Alternatively you can install one of the versions using the Softaculous installer tool if that works for you.

Kindest Regards,
Scott M
n/a Points
2014-10-08 1:38 am

As a newbie, I have to say these instructions were nothing but a setup for hair pull and failure. There are about 20 steps missing. Had I not had someone over the phone walk me through this step-by-step, I NEVER would have succeeded with these instructions. Without going further, I suggest you take someone who knows nothing about websites, sit down with them and write instructions from there. BTW, WordPress is at 4.0 now.

39,022 Points
2014-10-08 7:17 am
Hello NYC,

We are sorry to hear that these instructions gave you a bit of a time. I hear your suggestion about taking someone with no knowledge and seeing how they do. In fact, I have just the person in mind and will do what just that. Hopefully next time you visit this article it will be updated and much easier to follow!

Kindest Regards,
Scott M

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