You need a web host that has PHP and MySQL. To make the installation of WordPress as simple as possible, make sure your web host has cPanel (or something similar). In my experience, BlueHost probably has the best support of any web host, and it has the easiest auto-installer: Simple Scripts. After you sign up with a web host, navigate to the cPanel (or the equivalent) and look for Simple Scripts, Fantastico, or some other auto-installer for WordPress. If there isn’t an auto-installer, you have to install WordPress manually following the “famous 5 minute install” instructions, which are fairly simple. See the resources below for instructions on the different installation methods.
To install WordPress on a Web host:
- Sign up for a web host plan (for example, at BlueHost.com).
- Log into your cPanel by going to http://yourdomain.com/cpanel.
- Click the Simple Scripts feature (or, alternatively, the Fantastico feature).
- If no auto-installer exists, follow the steps for the 5 minute manual install.
- Install a WordPress blog.
The WordPress installation arranges files in three main folders (wp-admin, wp-content, and wp-includes). It also installs loose files in the root folder. Most of the time, when you work with your WordPress files through FTP, you’ll be uploading content to the wp-content folder.
Note:When you connect to your remote host, you may have to go into the public_html or www folder to see the WordPress files. Both folders open the door to your WordPress content. The folders simply mirror each other to deliver the same results when users go to either http://www.yourdomain.com or http://yourdomain.com.
The wp-content folder has two important subfolders: plugins and themes. When you upload a plugin or theme to these folders using FTP, the plugin or theme is available for activation inside your WordPress admin panel. Also, any images you upload when writing a post in WordPress are stored in the wp-content/uploads folder.
- My video on installing WordPress Through cPanel with Fantastico
- Server requirements for WordPress
- Web hosts recommended by WordPress
- A professional video on installing WordPress manually following the famous 5 minute install
- Instructions for manual installs using the famous 5 min process
- See another video on installing WordPress manually
- Have someone install WordPress for free
- Specific DreamHost Installation Instructions
- Installing WordPress in 5 Minutes (video)