WordPress Set Up on Server

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Setting up WordPress on a server involves several steps. Below is a general guide to help you through the process. Keep in mind that the specifics may vary depending on your hosting environment, but these steps cover the basics.


  1. Domain and Hosting:
    • Ensure you have a domain name registered.
    • Choose a web hosting provider and set up a server. Popular choices include Bluehost, SiteGround, and DigitalOcean.
  2. Server Requirements:
    • Check that your server meets the minimum requirements for WordPress. WordPress typically requires PHP, MySQL or MariaDB, and a web server (like Apache or Nginx).

Step 1: Download WordPress

  1. Download the latest version of WordPress from wordpress.org.
  2. Extract the WordPress archive on your local machine.

Step 2: Create a Database

  1. Access your hosting control panel (cPanel, Plesk, etc.).
  2. Create a new MySQL database and user. Note down the database name, username, and password.

Step 3: Configure wp-config.php

  • Rename the wp-config-sample.php file in the WordPress directory to wp-config.php.
  • Open wp-config.php in a text editor and enter your database information:



  • Replace the placeholders with your actual database information.

Step 4: Upload WordPress to the Server

  1. Upload the entire WordPress directory to your web server. You can use FTP, SFTP, or your hosting provider’s file manager.

Step 5: Run the WordPress Installation

  1. Visit your domain in a web browser.
  2. You should see the WordPress installation wizard. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Provide the database information when prompted.

Step 6: Set Up WordPress

  1. Log in to the WordPress admin dashboard using the credentials you created during installation.
  2. Customize your site settings, install a theme, and add essential plugins.

Step 7: Secure Your WordPress Installation

  1. Change the default “admin” username to enhance security.
  2. Install a security plugin, such as Wordfence or Sucuri.
  3. Regularly update WordPress, themes, and plugins to patch security vulnerabilities.

Step 8: Backup Your Site

  1. Set up regular backups using a plugin or your hosting provider’s backup service.

Additional Tips:

  • Consider using an SSL certificate to secure your site (many hosting providers offer free SSL certificates).
  • Optimize your site for performance using caching plugins and optimizing images.
  • Familiarize yourself with WordPress security best practices.

Remember, this is a basic guide, and specific steps might vary based on your hosting provider. Always refer to your hosting provider’s documentation for any unique instructions.

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