Download and set up WordPress

Here I explain how to install WordPress on your hosting to have a professional website without much technical knowledge. Step by step to guide you how to download, install and set up your website with WordPress correctly.

Download and install WordPress folders:

  • Download the latest version of WordPress files here: wordpress.org
  • Unzip the folder and upload all these files and folders to your website folder inside your hosting via FTP with any free tool like Filezilla.

Editing wp-config.php:

  • Once uploaded, locate the file called config-sample.php and remove the sample word leaving it as config.php. Next we need to configure:
    1. Secret key
    2. Data base

Secret Key

Go to your internet browser and generate a unique security code easily googling "key generator wordpress", or just going to https://api.wordpress.org/secret-key/1.1/salt/ (every time you click here a different code is generated) Example: 
define('AUTH_KEY',         '+}yc6?CSf26N<h,C^j%3Ub)Ol))=6aM&xGre4>TU ,!H]wi+6)NX?Aw}ds.TlAWA'); 
define('SECURE_AUTH_KEY', 'IM!</>A:7,|=^ok7>7dyxifI!G4Putc+Z![b<~6L;huSc:!{FY;/<vVg-+ger.vX'); 
define('LOGGED_IN_KEY',   ')uff=A`j8UD2`XMg5sA}l+Z6 O}1lT=Q1M`o:x.II_m(?|p)m `P>OZYo`s/|?:*'); 
define('NONCE_KEY',       '|ZH*gtvh|!D2ROQ_6)BA@UtJ|YU$6ft<49N#Av#;Ztmj85H9RG| Tla.qt%DA[|g'); 
define('AUTH_SALT',       'P-|sKKh#Ep|pUtd/-7]^^l$d`$9O`1y9LnzixC^-AxPx$ [#o.,BwO=p24jHGqWH'); 
define('SECURE_AUTH_SALT', '-4dexpsraPio9^AfWh$+uJJ{_hcVCT}aO%TL}m[ {nn6B`v%$Qw]-fU5DuLcSg@0'); 
define('LOGGED_IN_SALT',   '@=pqAH,j6pAv9 TU-0@_,iCa!6L&,#a Mjm}bg@+GH}&lr`Wu20Q|6tI&Npy60* '); 
define('NONCE_SALT',       '>+oPOs=n>z-YGu+mJ^)C#,)N6M>+a*6&?/R-!]h];Mwre. g$ X`^LCXc2L|LOr}'); 
  • Copy these 8 lines that were generated randomly.
  • Go back to your config.php file and edit it. Find the 8 lines that are similar to this code, usually around  line 48. Replace them with the key you just generated and copied.

Configure the database details:

Around line 17 you will find these 4 parameters that you have to change for the 4 points that you've generated when creating a database in your server provider, so, for instace:
Defatult code Changed with your parameters
// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** ///** The name of the database for WordPress */ define('DB_NAME', 'database_name_here'); /** MySQL database username */ define('DB_USER', 'username_here'); /** MySQL database password */ define('DB_PASSWORD', 'password_here'); /** MySQL hostname */ define('DB_HOST', 'localhost');  // ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** ///** The name of the database for WordPress */ define('DB_NAME', 'db143012664'); /** MySQL database username */ define('DB_USER', 'dbo143012664'); /** MySQL database password */ define('DB_PASSWORD', 'Mk82!imxg'); /** MySQL hostname */ define('DB_HOST', 'db443071264.db.hosting.com');
Now go to your hosting provider and make sure your domain points not to the root of hosting folder, but to the specific folder you just uploaded your WordPress, for example /webrestaurant/
  • Once this is changed, open a browser and enter your domain in the URL followed by /wp-admin/install.php (restaurantexample.com/wp-admin/install.php). You should see a welcome page from WordPress.
  • Enter the name of the web, user and password you will use to access the web. Here I recommend you to use a simpler one (compared with the database or FTP) because you will use it more often.
  • You can enter and start using your WordPress!
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