How to Install WordPress in 5 Minutes

Wondering how to install WordPress? You’re in the right place! There are actually several ways to install the WordPress web publishing software. In this easy tutorial, you’ll learn three ways to install WordPress on your web server or on your own computer.

Before we begin, it’s important to note that WordPress is not a regular desktop application like Microsoft Word. It’s not designed to run on a personal computer. Instead, it needs to be installed on a web server in order to work.

That said, if you’re wondering how to install WordPress on your personal computer, there is an easy way to do that. We’ll get to that in a minute.

In this lesson, we’ll show you three different methods for installing the WordPress software so you can begin building your website right away.

Three Ways to Install WordPress:

Select one of these three methods to jump to that section below…

  1. Choose a Managed WordPress host, and it comes pre-installed for you. Easy!
  2. Install Local on your personal computer. It’s a local web server plus WordPress, in one app.
  3. Install WordPress on your web server in about 5 minutes.

1.Choose a Managed WordPress Host

This is the method we recommend for most people. It’s the easiest way to start using WordPress in just a few minutes. And when you’re done, your site will be ready to share with the world!

No matter what type of website you’re building, it will need to be hosted on a web server somewhere, so that your visitors can access your website.

With a traditional host, you’ll pay for space on a shared web server that likely hosts hundreds of other websites. Most hosting companies claim that their web servers can run the WordPress software. But what they don’t tell you is that you’re responsible for…

  • Installing the WordPress software.
  • Keeping your WordPress software and plugins up-to-date.
  • Backing up your site.
  • Monitoring your site 24/7 for malware, security breaches, or hacking attempts.
  • Dealing with sudden surges in traffic to your website.
  • Troubleshooting any issues that may occur with your WordPress site, theme, or plugins.

What’s the difference between Managed WordPress Hosting and Traditional Hosting?

Simply put, Managed WordPress hosting providers take care of all these items for you, so you can focus on what matters most to you… creating your website. A Managed WordPress host will…

  • Pre-install the WordPress software for you.
  • Keep your WordPress software, plugins, and theme up-to-date.
  • Back up your site nightly.
  • Monitor your site 24/7 for malware, security breaches, or hacking attempts.
  • Fix your site should it ever become compromised due to a security breach.
  • Optimize their web server technology specifically for hosting WordPress sites.
  • Automatically scale resources to handle a spike in traffic if your site suddenly receives a lot of visitors.
  • Provide stellar support from well-trained WordPress experts, not just someone reading a script.

2.How to Install WordPress on your Personal Computer with Local

Remember when we said that you can’t install and run the WordPress software on your personal computer, like Microsoft Word, or other desktop applications? Well, there is a way to install WordPress on your own computer. Sort of.

Install WordPress on your own desktop computer with Local.

It’s true that WordPress is not designed to run on a personal computer. Instead, it needs to be installed on a web server in order to work.

But, that’s exactly what Local does. It creates a private web server on your own computer, and then installs WordPress for you. In fact, you can install multiple instances of WordPress, so you can create as many WordPress sites as you want, right on your own computer.

That’s probably why Local has become the top choice for WordPress developers who build website for their clients.

Local makes it a breeze to install WordPress on your Mac, Windows, or Linux PC and develop your entire WordPress site locally. Then, when you’re ready to make it live, you can push your local site to either WPEngine or Flywheel for hosting with just one click within the app.

NOTE: Currently, Local only supports 1-click deployment to WPEngine or Flywheel. It’s possible they will support other Managed WordPress hosts in the future. Of course, you can always manually export and migrate your WordPress site to another host. But that’s a topic for another post.

Still, if you’re wondering how to install WordPress on your own computer, your best bet is to download and install local.

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3.How to Install WordPress on your Web Server

Still want to manually install WordPress on your web server? In the rest of this tutorial, we’ll show you how to install WordPress on your own web server


WordPress is relatively easy to install on a web server, compared to other web publishing software. It usually takes less than five minutes to complete, and many shared web hosts offer tools like cPanel or Fantastico that enable you to install WordPress on your web server with just a few clicks.

Before you install WordPress

Before you begin, you’ll need a reliable web hosting provider. These days, you can buy cheap, shared space on a web server for less than $10 a month. Be sure to check that your web hosting provider meets the following requirements:

Hosting Server Requirements:
  • PHP 7.3 or greater
  • MySQL 5.6 or MariaDB 10.1 or greater
  • View a detailed list of official server requirements.

You’ll also need four tools on your end…

Required Tools:
  1. First of all, you’ll need FTP access to your web server. A user ID and password should have been furnished to you by your web hosting provider.
  2. Second, you’ll need an FTP client. This is a desktop application that enables you to copy and transfer files from your own computer to your web server. FileZilla and Cyberduck are a couple of free FTP clients for both PC and Mac. We use Transmit, one of the best FTP clients for the Mac.
  3. Third, you’ll need a text editor, like Notepad or TextEdit.
  4. And last, your web browser of choice. Chrome and Safari are best, because they support the latest HTML5 and CSS3 web standards.

With those tools and requirements out of the way, you’re ready to install WordPress! Here’s a quick overview of the five steps we’ll follow to download and install the WordPress software…

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