“Mastering” may be a bit exaggerated in this context, but any decent blogger should have a basic understanding of how a WordPress installation works. This is especially important when one is managing several sites at once. It’s also important for website optimization, since learning the tricks of the trade can help with a few tweaks that can improve the performance of a site on shared hosting services. Finally, a better understanding of the installation process for a WordPress site will enable us to migrate between one host and another or a web host and our own local server very easily. In fact the process is so simple, I can easily accomplish it in under a minute. Some hosts make you pay quite a lot of money to perform this task on your behalf. Besides, always depending on other people, no matter how skillful and friendly they may be, is never an optimal scenario for a blogger who wants to take full control of his business. While, one click installs are cool for total beginners, taking a closer look at a manual WordPress installation, is the next step to take once you’ve become familiar with WordPress. Or, you can try to do a manual installation right away to begin with, if you feel daring enough. Well, it’s actually very simple so it’s not that big of a dare. This tutorial works for any web hosting company but I will be using Site5 as an example and assumes you are familiar with FTP. If that is not the case, take a peek at this other tutorial before we begin. OK! Is your FTP client configured correctly now? Let’s install WordPress then!
1. Go to WordPress.org and click on download WordPress 3.x.x, (whatever the current version will be, since they release new updates frequently).
2. Again click on Download WordPress 3.x.x and hit Save File, when the browser prompts you to action. Notice that I am using Firefox (and you should too because Firefox is the best!). If you’re using a different browser the process may be slightly different.
3. When the download finishes, open the file with Winrar or Winzip and extract the folder “WordPress” to your hard drive. Once extraction is complete, rename the folder with the name of your website, or other name you can remember easily. For example, “newsite“.
4. Open Filezilla and go to File – > Site Manager… or press Ctrl+S.
5. Establish a connection with your Web hosting provider, by choosing the appropriate entry from the “My Sites” list and by clicking on Connect afterwards.