WordPress has become quite the popular CMS and it is used by millions. It has become so because it is convenient for the user and has little or no hassle attached to using it. Being able to install WordPress is therefore something everybody who uses it should know how to do.

There are loads of very easy ways to install WordPress on a host but in this article we are going to be discussing WordPress manual install method or as others call it, the file upload method.

Install WordPress Manually


  • Latest Version of WordPress
  • SQL Database


To install WordPress manually, you need to get the latest version of WordPress downloaded to your computer, visit WordPress.org/download. When this file is downloaded, you unzip it and get ready to upload it into your domain via the file uploader in your cPanel.

If you are looking to install WordPress in the root domain name (www.yoursitename.com), then you will be uploading the files to your websites root directory. This looks something like /public_html/.

If you would like to install WordPress in a subfolder (www.yoursitename.com/blog), then you will be uploading the said files to a folder like so /public_html/blog/.


We have successfully uploaded the files, now it is time to create that database. To do this,

  • login to your cPanel and scroll down to databases
  • Click the first item (MySQL Databases)
  • Enter name for your database
  • Click Create Database

The next step to manually install wordpress is to create a username and password for the SQL database. Scroll down to MySQL Users section and provide the needed details, click on create a user.

Next, you need to give this user access to the database. Scroll to Add user to database and select the database you created. Click the Add button.


Now we are ready to install WordPress manually. To do this, go to the URL where you uploaded the files. Enter the URL on your browser and you will see a language drop down asking you what language you want to install WordPress in.

The rest is a wizard-like process where you get to enter the database you created along with other information like the site title and password.

Once all that is done, click the Install WordPress and that is all.

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