Blog Start – Step 4 – Install WordPress


After the preparations and planning, it is now time to install the WordPress blog.

As I said in the article “ Use blog hosting service or host it yourself? “I mentioned a lot speaks in favor of hosting your blog yourself on a web space.

Professional bloggers in particular have full control and WordPress is now very easy to maintain.

So here are the (detailed) instructions for installing your new WordPress blog.

Download WordPress


The first step leads you to the WordPress  homepage. The current version of WordPress can always be downloaded there.

Simply click on the big blue “.zip” and then save this file on your hard drive.

WordPress can also be downloaded from the original site, but the German language file is missing. And that’s already included in the German version.

The updates for WordPress can also be found later on, but we’re not interested in that yet.

Prepare for web hosting

Second, you need to prepare your own web hosting package.

To do this, you should first make sure that the requirements for a WordPress blog are met.
PHP 4.3 and MySQL 4.0 are required at least for WordPress. PHP 5 and MySQL 5 work too, of course.

WordPress needs a database.

Therefore, you now go to the administration view of your web hosting package. Of course, it looks different for each provider.

For example , at*, there is the item “Database” on the left in the navigation.

If you click on it, you will see the existing databases and you can also create new databases. With some hosting providers, the username and password for the new database are automatically assigned, with others you can choose this yourself (but then you should also use terms that are difficult / impossible to guess).

In any case, you should make a note of the access data for the new database. These are the database name, the database user name and the password.

You also need the database host name. This is very often “localhost”, but with some providers it is also a different URL (eg You can usually find information on this in the hoster’s FAQ.

FTP program
Second, you also need an FTP program to upload the WordPress files to the server once.

There are of course a lot of alternatives. FileZilla , for example, works well . And the program is free.

Since not every unauthorized person can upload any files to your web space, you also need a user name, a password and the FTP address for the FTP upload. The latter is usually the normal domain of your website, e.g.

You can usually find the username and password for FTP in the administration view of a hosting account. At both details are under the menu item “FTP”.


Now you can upload the WordPress files to your web space.

To do this, you first have to unzip the downloaded WordPress file. Windows comes with a zip unpacker from home. So just right click and “unzip”.

In the “wordpress” folder created by the unzipping process, you will find a file with the name “wp-config-sample.php”

Please rename this to “wp-config.php”. So just remove the “-sample” from the file name.

And then you open the “wp-config.php” file with the Windows text editor. Here you have to enter the database data that you just wrote down.

The following lines must be adjusted:

define ('DB_NAME', 'putyourdbnamehere');
define ('DB_USER', 'usernamehere');
define ('DB_PASSWORD', 'yourpasswordhere');
define ('DB_HOST', 'localhost');

In the first line, the database name comes in instead of “putyourdbnamehere”.
In the second line you replace “usernamehere” with your database username.
The database password must be entered in the third line (instead of “yourpasswordhere”).
And the fourth line usually comes in “localhost”. For some providers, however, as I said, a different database host URL.

If you have entered this data correctly (it is important that you enter the information exactly as it was created when the database was created. So also pay attention to upper and lower case), then save the file and upload it .

To do this, start the FTP program and enter your FTP data there (FTP user name, FTP password and FTP URL).

Now you upload the contents of the folder “wordpress” completely to your web space.

Please consider beforehand whether you want to have the blog directly in the directory of your domain (blog can therefore be called up at or whether you want the blog in a subdirectory (e.g.

With the latter you first have to create the subdirectory and load the contents of the “wordpress” folder into it.

The upload can take a while.


Once all WordPress files have been uploaded, the installation begins.

To do this, call up the installation file “install.php”. This is located in the “wp-admin” folder.

If you have uploaded WordPress directly to the domain directory, the path is “”.

If you have uploaded it to a subdirectory, then, for example, “”.

First there is a greeting.

There are 2 fields below. There you enter the blog title, i.e. the name of your blog. You can change this later without any problems.

And under that you enter your email address.

In addition, please check the box next to “I want my blog to appear in search engines like Google or Technorati”. Otherwise your blog will not be included in Google.

Then click on the “Install WordPress” button.

If everything went well, this screen appears.

There you will also find the access password for your blog, which you must make a note of. Here, too, it is important that the password is written down exactly as it is written there (e.g. upper and lower case).

Now click on the “Register” button.

Then the normal WordPress login screen appears.

Here you enter “admin” as the user name and the password you just noted. So that you don’t have to log in again every time, you can check the box next to “Remember me”.

You should only do this if nobody has unauthorized access to your computer.

If you then click on the “Register” button, you will get to the admin of your WordPress blog.

And at this point the installation is already over. It was quick and easy. 🙂

Possible problems

The installation of WordPress usually works smoothly. However, if you get an error message, don’t panic.

PHP error
Weird code is displayed. For example the following:

<? php
define ('WP_USE_THEMES', true);
require ('./ wp-blog-header.php');

This usually means that your web space does not support PHP. Especially with very cheap or even free hosting packages, PHP may not be included. You should clarify this and, if necessary, switch to another tariff with PHP.

Database error
If the message “Error establishing Database Connection” occurs, there can be two reasons.

On the one hand, it could be because there is no database. You either forgot to create the database (see above) or your web hosting package does not contain a database at all.

On the other hand, it could also be due to incorrect database access data. This means that you have the wrong data in the “wp-config” file or, for example, one space too many or something similar. Please check this again.

So it goes on

The next article in the blog start series deals with the settings of the newly installed blog. So which things should you change and enter immediately after installation?

Because before you publish the first post there is a lot to adjust.

Until then.

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