For most people, the easiest way to install Wordpress is through our Application Vault, however if you would prefer to perform the installation manually, the following will guide you through the process.
Bear in mind, this process requires that you are comfortable performing the following:
- Accessing your server and files via FTP
- Modifying text files
- Creating and modifying a database
- Downloading Wordpress
- Creating the Database
- Setting up wp-config.php
- Uploading the files
- Completing the Installation
Download and unzip the Wordpress package from https://wordpress.org/download/
The package will extract into a folder called wordpress in the same directory.
To create a new Database , first sign in to your Blacknight account.
- In the top navigation bar, click on More Services → Databases.
- Click Add new Database.
- From the drop down box, choose MySQL 5, and click next.
- On the next page, fill in the options as follows:
- Database name: wordpress
- Allow Access from External Hosts: Leave this unchecked
- Database username: A username of your own choosing
- Password: A strong password of your choosing, you can also click generate and we will auto-generate a secure password for you.
- Make note of the Database name, Username and Password, you will need them again.
- Click next, and on the page that loads click on the name of the database you just created.
- Under database info, make note of the internal hostname, we will need this later.
Next we will configure our new Wordpressinstallation by editing the wp-config.php file.
- Open the Wordpress folder we unzipped previously
- Rename the file wp-config-sample.php to wp-config.php.
- Open the newly renamed file in a text editor, and scroll to the section labeled:
// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
- Edit the information in the following sections with the information you made note of during the set up of the MySQL database:
DB_NAME - The name of the database we created
DB_USER - The username we created
DB_PASS - The password for the database
DB_HOST - The internal hostname we made note of
5. Enter your secret key values under the section labeled: Authentication Unique Keys
6. Save the newly edited wp-config.php file.
Now you will need to decide where on your domain you'd like your WordPress-site to appear.
- In the root directory of your website. (For example, http://example.com/)
- Or, in a sub directory of your website. (For example, http://example.com/blog/)
In the Root Directory:
- Using your FTP client, upload the contents of the Wordpress folder (but not the folder itself) to the root folder of your website
In a Sub Directory:
- Rename the Wordpress folder to your desired name
- Using your FTP client, upload the entire Wordpress folder to the desired location of your website
To finalize the Wordpress installation, open your web browser, and navigate to the Wordpress Installer Script:
- If you placed the WordPress files in the root directory, you should visit: http://example.com/wp-admin/install.php
- If you placed the WordPress files in a sub directory called blog, for example, you should visit: http://example.com/blog/wp-admin/install.php
Follow the instructions on screen to complete the manual installation of Wordpress.
During this process, if you run into any issues, Wordpress have put together an extensive step by step, and troubleshooting guide outlining the entire process:
As always, should you require more assistance in relation to this issue, please contact our Helpdesk explaining your issue - and what you have done to this point, and we will be happy to assist you further.
Please see our full contact information, on our main website: Contact Us.
Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.