How to Install WordPress

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Let’s say that you’re the owner of a business and are ready to jump into the online world. You think of perhaps hiring someone to build you a website, or, you decide to have at it yourself! If you chose the latter, you are in the right place! In this WordPress installation tutorial, we will teach you how to manually install WordPress as well as setting up a theme for it. Our chosen theme is Borderlands, specifically the Sierra variation of it. You can preview it at

Step 1: How to Choose a WordPress Theme

In this step, you’ll want to use your favorite search engine and type in keywords such as:

-WordPress Themes
-Best WordPress Themes
-2016 WordPress Themes

By doing so, you will quickly retrieve plenty of results. Free themes tend to be limited in scope and support, so it is advised to look at premium themes. These themes allow for much more customizability as well as include developer support. Once you have chosen and purchased your theme, you’ll have it on your computer, typically in ZIP file format. You should unzip the archive in preparation for uploading.

Step 2: Downloading WordPress Files, FTP Client and Preparing for Installation

Now that you’ve chosen your theme, it’s time to download the latest version of WordPress. I suggest that you unzip the WordPress files in preparation of uploading. Next, you will want to download and install an FTP client, so you are able to transfer the WordPress and Theme files. Filezilla is a highly popular, open-source and cross-platform client that I highly recommend using.

Step 3: Purchasing & Setting Up Hosting, Transferring Files

Next, you will want to purchase a website hosting package. You can do so at companies such as GoDaddy or Blue Host. Once you have purchased it, you will want to take a few steps to prepare the hosting environment. WordPress requires its own database as well as an authorized user and password to access it. To do so, you will need to locate your host’s cPanel. Within this, you are able to create a database and user. Once doing that, you will need to assign your newly created user to the database. This would also be a good time to make a note of your FTP credentials (usually provided to you via email from your hosting company, upon setting up your package) as well as your database and user details for the next portion.

Now that you have most of the pieces in place, you need to connect to your hosting account’s FTP via your FTP client. You will need to transfer the WordPress files into it (typically into a folder called “public_html”).

Step 4: Installing WordPress

The next step is to go to your web browser and pull up the link to where you uploaded your WordPress installation files. You will then be greeted by the WordPress installation splash page. You’ll need to go through the steps, being extra careful when inputting details about your database and user. Once installed, you will be prompted to name your site as well to create your first WordPress user. Upon completing this step, you have successfully installed WordPress. Congratulations! You can check out what it looks like by going to your domain’s URL.

Step 5: Installing and Setting up your WordPress theme

Well, you have come here to learn WordPress and you now have a fully functional install. The next step is to upload a theme, enable it and configure it (if necessary). You have a few ways to upload your theme into WordPress. The first way is to go to the WordPress back-end (accessible by navigating to or and then going to “Appearance”, followed by “Themes” within it. You can upload your theme’s ZIP file here. The other method is to directly transfer the extracted theme files via FTP. You will need to place your theme’s folder within the following directory of your WordPress install, In our case, I’ve chosen to use the FTP method.

Once you’ve uploaded and enabled your theme, you usually need to take a few more steps to set it up as per the demo. In our case with Borderlands, we are required to use the theme’s plugin installer to install any missing plugins, followed by using the Demo Importer tool within the theme’s options. The demo importer tool is located within the “Elated Options” sections, specifically in the “Import” section of it. Here, you choose which variation of the demo to import, as well as if you want to import all posts, pages, media and attachments. Once the tool finishes importing, you can head back to the front-end of your website and enjoy your newly styled WordPress install!

If you have any questions or are finding it difficult to follow my “how to install WordPress” tutorial, do not hesitate to give us a shout at A Nerd’s World. We offer website consultation, tutorials, full web development services and much more!


Cristian M.