How to Install WordPress Using FTP a.K.A. “the Famous 5-Minute Installation”

Installing WordPress via the “Famous 5-Minute Installation” is one of the fastest and most efficient ways to get WordPress up and running. Read our guide and watch our step-by-step video on how to install WordPress using FTP.

Steps to install WordPress using FTP:

Step 1

Have FTP software (We recommend Filezilla). download Filezilla 

Step 2

Download the most recent version of WordPress. download WordPress


  1. Unzip the file that you downloaded
  2. Open the FTP software and enter your FTP login information, which you can get from your hosting company.

Step 3

Software to upload the files to your web hosting directory.

  • To install WordPress into a main domain, select and upload to /public_html/directory.
  • To Install WordPress into a subfolder, select and upload to /public_html/foldername.

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Step 4

Next you need to login to your cPanel. Do this by navigating to your hosting control panel and login with the cPanel login information from your hosting company.
Go to the my SQL database button.

Create a database by entering a database name on the “new database” form and clicking on “Create Database.”

After creating the database name, you will need to fill in your username and password. Click on “Create user.”
Under “add user to database” you need to choose the user and the database that you create earlier. Click on the “add” button.

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Step 5

Run the install by navigating to the URL for the directory where you uploaded WordPress.

Step 6

Click to create the configuration page.
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Step 7

Click on the “Let’s Go” button and input the following information:

  • A name for the database
  • A username and password

Leave the:

  • A host for the database
  • Table prefix

As they are.

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Step 8

Click “Submit” once you have inputted all the details.

Step 9

On the next screen, you should now click a button called “Run the Install.”
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Step 10

Enter your website’s information. This includes:

    • The title of your site
  • Your username
  • Your password
  • Your email address

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Step 11

Click “Install WordPress” at the bottom of the screen. The next screen will confirm your successful installation and confirm your username and password.
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Step 12

Login with the username and password and begin writing on your blog or WordPress website. Congratulations!