Semantic Personal Publishing Platform
First Things First
Welcome. WordPress is a very special project to me. Every developer and contributor adds something unique to the mix, and together we create something beautiful that I’m proud to be a part of. Thousands of hours have gone into WordPress, and we’re dedicated to making it better every day. Thank you for making it part of your world.
— Matt Mullenweg
Installation: Famous 5-minute install
- Unzip the package in an empty directory and upload everything.
- Open wp-admin/install.php in your browser. It will take you through the process to set up a
wp-config.php file with your database connection details.
- If for some reason this doesn’t work, don’t worry. It doesn’t work on all web hosts. Open up
wp-config-sample.php with a text editor like WordPad or similar and fill in your database connection details.
- Save the file as
wp-config.php and upload it.
- Open wp-admin/install.php in your browser.
- Once the configuration file is set up, the installer will set up the tables needed for your site. If there is an error, double check your
wp-config.php file, and try again. If it fails again, please go to the WordPress support forums with as much data as you can gather.
- If you did not enter a password, note the password given to you. If you did not provide a username, it will be
- The installer should then send you to the login page. Sign in with the username and password you chose during the installation. If a password was generated for you, you can then click on “Profile” to change the password.
Using the Automatic Updater
- Open wp-admin/update-core.php in your browser and follow the instructions.
- You wanted more, perhaps? That’s it!
- Before you update anything, make sure you have backup copies of any files you may have modified such as
- Delete your old WordPress files, saving ones you’ve modified.
- Upload the new files.
- Point your browser to /wp-admin/upgrade.php.
Migrating from other systems
WordPress can import from a number of systems. First you need to get WordPress installed and working as described above, before using our import tools.
- PHP version 5.6.20 or higher.
- MySQL version 5.0 or higher.