Install WordPress: The Essential Guide

Install WordPress: The Essential Guide

Wondering how to properly install WordPress? You just landed on the right article. In this guide, we’ll dive into how the WordPress install process works, plus all of the different ways that WordPress can be installed on a server or even on your computer for development purposes.

When it comes to installing WordPress, there are several different ways to install the popular website publishing software and content management system (CMS).

But before we jump in, it’s important to remember that WordPress isn’t a standard desktop software application such as Microsoft Excel. It won’t work to its full potential when it’s only running on your personal computer.

Rather, you’ll need to install WordPress on a web server for it to power your live website to the world. That being said, there is a simple way to install the platform directly onto your computer if you’re looking to do your website design and testing in a local environment. More on that in a bit.

We’ll also show you the other methods of WordPress installation that will allow you to start building your new website immediately.

Why Install WordPress?

The best reason to install WordPress is because the installation process is so quick and easy. In fact, WordPress boasts a famous 5 minute installation.

Beyond how fast WordPress is to install, WordPress is also an incredibly popular content management system (CMS) for websites because it’s simple to use (even for beginners) and meets the grueling demands of nearly any kind of website, large or small, including:

  • eCommerce sites
  • Blogs
  • News magazines
  • Restaurants
  • Forums
  • Small businesses
  • Corporate sites
  • Government sites
  • Stand-alone social media sites
  • Membership sites
  • Almost any other site you can think of

If you’re brand new to creating websites with WordPress, the installation process might have you feeling a bit intimidated. But don’t worry, we’ll unpack everything you need to know in this guide.

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Do I Need To Install WordPress?

Yes. If you want to have a WordPress website, you’ll need to get a web hosting account and install WordPress there.

Conversely, if you’d like to create, test and develop a WordPress site on your local workstation that only you can see, WordPress will need to be installed locally on your computer.

Another option to use WordPress for building your site does not involve downloading the software. We covered this in more detail in our article about WordPress.com vs. WordPress.org. Check that article out if you haven’t already. All of the answers about WordPress.com are there.

For the purposes of this guide, we’re going to focus only on using WordPress core software.

Before You Begin: 5 Things To Do Prior To A WordPress Installation

Before you begin the process

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This article was written by Kristen Wright and originally published on WordPress News and Updates from iThemes – iThemes.

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