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Installing WordPress – Method #2 (Advanced)

This method requires to manually download the WordPress platform from the official website, upload it to your root folder, create database and user, and run the installation. Here are the steps…

Upload WordPress Using File Manager

  1. Get the latest version of the WordPress installation from their official website.

Figure 3. Download WordPress from the official website


  1. Go to your cPanel and open the File Manager.
  2. Navigate to public_html -> your root folder (ex.
  3. Click on the Upload button
WordPress upload

Figure 4. Uploading WordPress


  1. Select Choose File and browse for your WordPress zip file that you’ve downloaded it previously.

WordPress upload part2

  1. Wait a few minutes (depending on your connection) and click on Back to /default_path
  1. Now you need to extract the zip file. Open your root folder where you’ve uploaded the zip file and use right click -> Extract -> Extract File (s)
WordPress extract

Figure 5. Extract the zip file


This will create another folder within the root folder where the WordPress installation is stored. But this is NOT what we want for the path of our WP installation. We need to move those files to the root folder of our website.

WordPress folder

Figure 6. WordPress folder


  1. Open the wordpress folder, click on Select all -> Move File. Delete the wordpress at the end and click Move File(s).
WordPress move files

Figure 7. Move files to root folder

  1. Now everything is in the right place. You can move to the database creation.


Upload WordPress Using FTP (FileZilla) – An OLD Alternative Way

Before the database creation, we will tell you how to achieve the same from above, using FTP protocol and client.

  1. Download FileZilla Client and install it.
  2. Open your notepad document with the FTP details about your hosting and put them into FileZilla client. Click on QickConnect.
  3. From the right panel locate the folder where you want your WordPress installation to be stored (ex.
  4. Extract the WordPress zip folder on your Desktop.
  5. Locate the content of the WordPress folder from the left panel.
  6. Select it all (Ctrl + A) -> right click -> Upload
  7. Wait few minutes (depending on your internet connection, this process may be slower than uploading through the File Manager)
WordPress upload wordpress FTP

Figure 8. Upload the WordPress files through FileZIlla


Creating Database And User

In your cPanel find the MySQL® Databases. From here you need first to create your database name.

You can put something descriptive such as webmaxfo_academy and click on Create Database.

WordPress database name

Figure 9. Create new database

Now you need to add a user for your database and put a strong password.

WordPress database user

Figure 10. Adding new user to the database


Next, you need to connect the user with the database. Locate the user from the dropdown with your corresponding database and click on Add.

WordPress connect database with user

Figure 11. Connect user with database



From here copy the user and the database in the same notepad file from before. Write there down the password of the user also. We will need these credentials later.

Click Make Changes.

WordPress user privilegies

Figure 12. Assigning privileges to the user


Great job, now you can finally run your WordPress installation.

  1. Enter the URL of your website in the address bar. If you followed our steps, the WP installation will automatically call the wizard for installation (Note: If there is an error “Oops! Website currently not available” – add index.php at the end of the URL –
  2. Choose your language and press Continue.
WordPress installation choose language

Figure 13. Choose language


  1. On the next screen click Let’s go!
WordPress installation lets go

Figure 14. Click on Let’s go!


  1. Now you need to put the information that you’ve stored previously in the notepad document.
  2. Database host usually is localhost. If you can’t make the connection using localhost, contact your hosting provider.
  3. Make sure at the end to change the standard wp_ prefix for security purposes (put something like wmf278_, make sure it ends with underscore).
  4. When you are done, click on Submit.
WordPress installation database connection

Figure 15. Connecting the WP installation with the database


  1. On the next screen, you need to click Run the install.
WordPress run install

Figure 16. Click on run the install


Now, you need to put the information about your website. Make sure your username is NOT admin and make sure you have a strong password.

install wordpress

Figure 17. Put the essential information about your website and click on Install WordPress


When you click on Install WordPress you are done with your WordPress installation. Now you can log in to your WordPress Dashboard.

WordPress success

Figure 18. Log in to your new WordPress Dashboard


Congratulation! Now you have fresh WordPress installation up and running.

WordPress dashboard

Figure 19. Fresh WordPress Dashboard


You can change the theme now, you can install the required plugins, and start creating your membership site.


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