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WordPress Installation Guide

As we mentioned in the content we wrote before about WordPress; is an open source CMS content system written in PHP coding language developed by tens of thousands of volunteer software developers around the world. You can read other content by writing what you want to learn about WordPress in the in-site search bar in the upper right corner.

In order to set up a WordPress site, you must have your own hosting and domain address. If you still do not have a hosting and domain address, you can quickly purchase a domain name and get the hosting package you need.

Now we begin to explain 4 different ways to install WordPress in articled.

Installing WordPress Using WordPress Hosting

In fact, the simplest and most effortless way to install WordPress is to use this method. Some hosting companies call “WordPress Hosting” on behalf of the hosting package you bought and give you a hosting with WordPress as soon as you buy it.

The disadvantage is; Usually, the hosting panel passwords are not shared with you. If you want to use any special WordPress plugin and you need to work on your hosting panel; this is either not possible or a paid transaction. For this reason, if the content of your site will not change for years, choose this method. Otherwise, this method will not work for you or it will cost you more than it should.

Installing WordPress via Hosting Panel

Whether you use a Linux hosting or a Windows hosting; It is possible to install WordPress with a few clicks on the management panel of the hosting. The most used hosting management panel for those who prefer to use Linux hosting is cPanel. Those who use Windows hosting generally prefer DirectAdmin. In this article, we will explain the WordPress installation through 2 popular panels.

  1. cPanel WordPress Setup (Valid on Installatron Application Installed Hosting Accounts)

By following the steps below, you can start installing and using your WordPress site via cPanel within minutes without any help from anyone.

a1) After logging in to cPanel, select "Wordpress" from the "Web Applications" section at the bottom.

a2) When the "Installatron" screen opens, click the "install this application" button on the right.

a3)Select "https: //" if you have installed SSL certificate in "Domain Location" section, "http: //" if you have not done so. There is no need to have "www" at the beginning of your domain address.

a4)The “directory” part is important. If you want to open your WordPress site as soon as your site's address is written, leave the directory section blank. But if you want your WordPress site to be opened at “sitename.com/anyname”; Type whatever you want without using Turkish characters in the place that says “anyname”.

a5) Do not change the "version" section, since the latest version of WordPress will be installed by default.

a6) If you want to use your site in Turkish, select "Language" as "Turkish".

a7)In the "Admin Name" section, type the name you will use when entering the WordPress admin panel. Our advise is not to choose names that are easy to guess as "admin" or "manager".

a8) In the “Administrator Password” section; Write a difficult password, consisting of uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and special characters. Google Chrome and some web browsers will help you to offer a strong and secure password. Just as you will keep your password digitally, don't forget to write it legibly on a piece of paper.

a9)In the section that says “Admin Email”, write your own e-mail address. Setup information will come to this address and you will use this email address in case of possible password reset.

a10)In the "Site Title" section, type the name that you want to be seen by the search engines and display in its users. It will be useful to pass keywords once without exaggeration.

a11) You can write a keyword slogan in the "Site Slogan" section. If the theme you use does not support it, it may not appear. It is better that the keyword you will use is a secondary key keyword for you. But using it in a slogan can give better results.

a12)If you check the "Two Factor Validation" field, a WordPress plugin named "Clef" will be added to your site. With this add-on, you will need to enter a password or scan a barcode that you have created on your mobile phone while entering the admin panel of your site, just as if you are logging into the internet branch of a bank. You cannot access WordPress admin panel only if the phone in question is not with you. If you do not want such a security measure, you should check the "Enable Two-Factor Authentication" option.

a13) Mark the "Auto Update" field to "Update to New Version" to keep your WordPress site up-to-date and secure.

a14)Also mark the "Update WordPress Plugins" option to "Update WordPress Plugins" (usually the second option) to use the current and secure versions of plugins.

a15) Mark the “Auto Update Backup” section as “Create Auto Backup and Install This Backup If the Update Fails” (this is the first option). In this way, if there is an error during the update, your site will continue to work in its old form.

a16)Mark the "Limited Entry Attempt" section as "No".

a17)  If you do not plan to create many sites as subdomain.sitename.com, select "WordPress Mu" with the old name "Multi Site" as "No".

a18) Update "Advanced Settings" to "Automatically Create For Me". In this way, you do not deal with operations such as creating a database.

a19) Complete the installation by clicking the "Install" button. Your WordPress site will be installed in a few minutes.

  • DirectAdmin WordPress Setup (Valid on Installatron Installed Hosting Accounts)

If you prefer Windows hosting for your WordPress site, you can follow the steps of “Installing WordPress via cPanel” in the previous topic.

Because the user interface of the plugin named “Installatron”; the same in both Linux and Windows plugins.

Installing WordPress on Softaculous Application

Softaculous application, just like Installatron application, is used to install WordPress with a few clicks. Some hosting companies offer Softaculous by default instead of the Installatron application. If you want (and the features provided by your hosting company allow it), you can install this application yourself even if Softaculous is not in your hosting account. Now let's start telling the topic of “Softaculous WordPress installation” via both cPanel and DirectAdmin. The installation steps are the same in both panels.

a1) If Softaculous application is installed on your panel, it is at the bottom of the main page. If it is not installed, find the "Software" option from the menu on the left, click "Softaculous App Installer" and install the application.

a2) After the installation is completed, go to the bottom of the main page of the panel and click “WordPress” option among dozens of CMS installation files.

a3) After selecting the "WordPress" option, the screen that you see has the option "Install" in the upper left corner and "Install Now" in the lower right corner. Both work the same. Click one of these.

a4) In the screen that opens now, in the section "Select Protocol"; Check “https: //” if you have installed an SSL certificate or check “http: //” if you haven't.

a5) In the "Select Domain" section, select the domain where you will install WordPress.

a6) In the "Download Directory" section; Do not write anything if you want your WordPress site to exit directly when you enter the main page of your site. But if you want to publish your WordPress site in a field like siteadi.com/site, type whatever you want without using Turkish characters in the place that says “site”.

a7) In the "Site Name" section, type the site name that will be indexed by search engines and seen by your visitors. It is useful to use one keyword.

a8)In the "Site Description" section, you can write a slogan that will pass your secondary keyword. Your site slogan may not be displayed by every theme.

a9) The “Enable Multi Site (WPMU)” section allows you to install multiple WordPress sites in subdomains or directories. If you are going to install only one WordPress site, do not check this section.

a10) In the "Admin Username" section, type a name that will not be easily guessed, that is not like admin or administrator, is not similar to your site name, and does not contain Turkish characters and spaces.

a11) In the "Admin Password" section, write a combination of uppercase, lowercase letters, special characters and numbers. Some web browsers can help you offer a password. Store the password you create both digitally and physically.

a12) In the "Admin Email" section, type an e-mail address you use frequently. In case of password reset and systemic problems related to your site, do not write any mailing addresses, as mail will come to this address.

a13) To use the language option of your site in Turkish, select "Turkish".

a14)The “Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer)” option is literally an optional option. If you select this option, a WordPress plugin named “Loginizer” will be installed on your site. The task of this plugin is to prevent that user from accessing the admin panel for a while if the password for the user name is entered incorrectly three times in a row. If you want to enable this feature, check the box opposite.

a15)  We advise you not to touch the "Advanced Options" section. All settings here (if you do not intervene) will be loaded automatically.

a16)There are many themes you can choose in the “Select Theme” section. If you check them, it will be installed in the themes you chose while installing WordPress. Then you can activate whatever you want from the admin panel. Our advise is to install the theme after you have identified the theme for your needs. So you can skip this part without making any selection.

a17) Click on "Install" to start the installation. Your WordPress site is ready for use in a few minutes.

Installing WordPress Using FTP Program

The fourth and final WordPress installation method is the "Installing WordPress via FTP" method. The reason for choosing this method is generally; Users who make various changes on WordPress files want to use the WordPress files they edit instead of standard WordPress files and to upload the different plugin / theme files they have in one go to the hosting. If standard WordPress files work for you, this method will cause no loss of time as your application does not return. For those who are still curious, we will explain the topic of “Installing WordPress over FTP” in articles.

First, we will need an FTP file uploader program. You can download the most used FileZilla FTP file uploader program on the market by clicking HERE.

Then you should download the latest version of WordPress by checking it from THIS page. We strongly recommend that you download all software from their official site. All the links we provide belong to the official sites of the relevant applications and software.

After downloading the FileZilla program, start the installation by following the instructions in the installation file. You don't need to mark any options. You can finish the installation in a minute by just saying “next”.

After downloading your WordPress file, remove the folders from the rar file. If you don't have a compression program like WinRAR, you can download the 40-day trial version by clicking HERE.

Assuming that everything is ready, we begin to talk step by step about how to install WordPress with FTP.

  1. First, log in to your hosting panel and find and click on “Databases” from the left menu. You can also search from the search bar in the panel.
  2. Click on "MySQL Databases" under the "Databases" menu.
  3. Type a name that is difficult to guess in the field found in the "Create New Database" section. This name should not contain spaces and should not contain Turkish characters. Save this name somewhere, you will need it later.
  4. After determining the name, click on the "Create Database"  button.
  5. Click the "Back" or "Go Back" button after seeing the database created message.
  6. In the screen that opens, choose a user name and a hard password that cannot be easily guessed in the boxes under "MySQL Users" , Add characters until the password strength says “Strong” under the field you filled in. Do not forget to save your username and password somewhere and click the "Create a New User" or "Create User" button.
  7. If you saw the text “You successfully created a MySQL user named ……” or “You succesfuly create a name of …… MySQL user”; user creation process. You can click the "Back" button.
  8. Now it's time to associate our newly created database and MySQL user. In the screen that opens, select the option "Add a User To Database" or "Add User to Database" and select the new user and database you have created.
  9. Check “ALL PRIVILEGES” option and press “APPLY CHANGES” or “ACCEPT” button.
  10. Open the FileZilla program that you have downloaded and installed, and import the WordPress files you extracted from the Rar file to the desktop.
  11. Write your FTP username and password that you learned from your hosting company in the relevant places in the FileZilla program. In the part that says “Server”, add “FTP” at the beginning of your site address with its extension (for example, ftp.domainmerkezi.net) and press “Quick Connect” button.
  12. Find the folder "public_htm" or "www" or "httpdocs" in the right side of FileZilla and open the folder by double-clicking.
  13. Find your WordPress file on your desktop from the left-hand section of FileZilla, open it by double-clicking it. Select all files by pressing Ctrl + a together. Then hover over these files and press the right button. In the menu that opens, click on "Transfer all files" to start the upload. If the message "Destination file already exists, please select an action" appears during the installation, select the "Overwrite existing folder" and "Always apply the same for these files" option and press the "OK" button.
  14. Your upload will take place at different times depending on your internet connection speed and the speed of your hosting. Make sure all folders are loaded. If there is any file left in the "Non-Transferable" section at the bottom of FileZilla, select "non-transferable" files by doing "ctrl + a" and right click with your mouse and say "Reboot".
  15. After the transfer process is finished, type the address of your site in the browser you use and click the "Let's Get Started" button on the screen that appears.
  16. In the screen that opens now, type the database name you created in the "Database name" field, the MySQL user name you created in the "User name" field and the password you created for your MySQL user name in the "Password" section.
  17. Do not make any changes in the place that says "localhost" in the "database server" section. Although rare, some hosting companies can use different names in this area. If you get an error, contact the company you are hosting from and find the database server name.
  18. Change the "Table Prefix" to two letters and an underscore. Make sure that there are no Turkish characters. For example, like "yt_".
  19. If you have not made any mistakes, the "Install" button will appear on the screen that opens. Click this button.
  20. In the screen that opens now, in the "Site Title" section (including your keyword), write the description to be seen by users and search engines.
  21. In the "Username" section, type the username you want to use when accessing the admin panel. Choose a username that is as hard to guess as possible.
  22. In the "Password" section, type a difficult password consisting of uppercase, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. Write it down on a piece of paper to be able to physically store your password.
  23. In the "Your e-mail address" section, write an e-mail address you use frequently.
  24. We recommend that you tick the "Search engine visibility" section. If you check this section, your site may not be indexed by search engines.
  25. Complete the installation by clicking the "Install WordPress" button.

If you type “wp-admin” or “wp-login” at the end of your site address, you can access the administration panel entry.

Now that you have finished this article, you have learned four different ways to install WordPress  without any help. You can find everything you want to learn about web technologies from this blog.

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