How to Install WordPress in Siteground

You can find detailed instructions on how to install WordPress on your web hosting account in three different ways. 

Use the Website Setup Wizard to Install a WordPress

To install WordPress using the Website Setup Wizard, first access your Client Area. After you sign up for our WordPress hosting package, you will receive all the necessary information you need to log in there. Once you log in for the first time, you will see a notice asking you if you want to Set Up a new website or to migrate it on your account. Click on Set Up Site.

A new section would appear where you should select to Start a New Website or to Migrate an existing one. Click on Select under Start New Website.

Choose WordPress and enter the preferred login details for your new WordPress application. Once you are ready, click on Continue.

Next, choose what enhancements you wish to add to your account – if you want to add any. When you are ready with this step – click on Finish.

That’s it! You can now go to the front page of your site and check out the newly installed WordPress application.


Use the App Installer to install a WordPress

To install the WordPress go to Site Tools > WordPress > Install & Manage.

Then, select WordPress, fill in the Application Setup (here you can choose if WordPress should be installed in your main site folder or in a sub folder and which language should the WordPress admin use) and Admin Info details (username, password and contact email), and click Install.


Install a WordPress Manually

Follow these guidelines if you want to perform a new, manual installation of the latest WordPress version.

Step 1. Download the WordPress installation package

To start the installation process, download WordPress from its official download page. We recommend that you always download and install the latest stable version of WordPress.

Once you click on Download, the installation package will be saved to your hard disk. Locate the downloaded file and extract it to a new folder.

Step 2. Upload the WordPress Files to Your Server

Now, you need to upload the extracted files and folders to your web server. The easiest way to upload the installation files is via FTP. For detailed information on how to upload files via FTP, check our FTP Tutorial.

IMPORTANT!If you want your WordPress to be the main installation on your account and to be accessible through your main domain (i.e. www.mydomain.com), you need to upload the extracted files to your public_html folder. However, you can always make a subfolder (i.e. public_html/blog) if you want to run only part of your website on WordPress.

Step 3. Create a MySQL Database for WordPress to use

Create a MySQL database and assign a MySQL user to it with full permissions. For detailed instructions on how to do that, you can follow the steps described in our tutorial on How to Create MySQL Username and Database. Once you create your MySQL Database and User, make sure you write down the database name, database username and password you’ve just created. You will need those for the installation process.

Step 4. Go through the installation process

Now it’s time to navigate to your website to start with the installation process. If you have uploaded WordPress in your public_html directory, go to http://yourdomain.com in your preferred browser.

The first thing you will see is a window, in which you must choose the desired WordPress language from a predefined list of languages. Once you choose the preferred one, click Continue.

On the next page, you will see a message, asking you to prepare the necessary information for the installation. Since we already have this information, simply press Let’s Go!

Enter the details for your newly created MySQL database and press Submit.

WordPress will now check if your settings are correct. If you have entered all the necessary information, you will see a confirmation screen. Press the Run the Installion button to proceed.

On the next page, you will have to enter the information about your administrative username and the title of your new site. Make sure that you use a strong password so that your administrator account is secure. Also, bear in mind, that you should specify a real email address. It can be later used in case you forget your password. In addition, you can specify whether you’d want search engines to index your site or not. Once you fill in that information, press Install WordPress.

Your new WordPress application is now installed. You can use the Log In button to access your administrative backend and start posting in your new site.

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