Installing anything via FileZilla or using FileZilla always seems difficult to everyone. But it’s not so difficult as it seems like. In this article I will show you how to install wordpress using filezilla.
Let’s me quickly brief you the process –
What is FileZilla –
In simple words FileZilla is free open-source software used for uploading and downloading files from your web hosting server. It is a cross-platform FTP application, consisting of FileZilla Client and FileZilla Server. It supports FTP, SFTP, and FTPS protocols. It makes easy for you to edit files and save changes without downloading it and then uploading it.
What is FTP –
FTP stand for File Transfer Protocol. It is an standard internet protocol used for transferring files between client and server on a computer network. It is used basically for uploading and managing files of your website.
Like when you have to transfer your locally created website to your web server to publish it online then FTP is the standard choice.
Now I will show you how to install wordpress using FileZilla for launching your first website. There are many ways you can install wordpress. Many hosting companies provide control panel from where you can easily install wordpress in just one click. But when you need to install it by yourself, there are many ways to do it.
You can read our article on full guide to manually install wordpress on any web hosting using cpanel.
You can also install wordpress locally and then transfer your files online using FTP. Read here step by step guide to install wordpress locally.
For installing WordPress using FileZilla you will need these things –
1) FileZilla installed on your system.
For this go to FileZilla Project Website and download FileZilla FTP client for your system.
2) Latest version of wordpress downloaded on your system.
You can download latest version of wordpress form here. After downloading, unzip the files.
3) FTP login details of your web server.
- FTP Hostname
- FTP Username
- FTP Password
Now you may be wondering how to get ftp login details of your web server. I recommend you to create a new one. You can also choose name of your website by creating a new folder of same name.
Here are the steps to create new ftp details using your cpanel –
- Login into your Cpanel provided by your hosting company.
- Go to FTP Accounts under FILES section.
FILES > FTP Accounts
- It will open an interface something like this image to add new FTP account.
- Fill the details as below –
Log In – Enter any name of the ftp user. The username will automatically have your domain added to the end.
Domain – It’s primarily pre-filled, but if you have multiple domains in your server, you can choose from the available dropdown.
Password – Choose a password of your choice
Directory – Choose the directory you would like the FTP account to have access to. It will be automatically filled by pre-assuming according to the username you created.
Quota – You can choose the maximum amount of bandwidth the ftp user can use.
Now click on the “Create FTP Account” button and you are done.
4) Your database login details.
- database name
- database username
- database password
- database host
( If you don’t have these, don’t worry I will shortly explain you how to get these. )
Now we will now install wordpress on our web server-
1) First open fileZilla program on your system. (I am using Windows here for showing further procedures.)
2) Go to File menu at the top most side of the window and then to Site Manager.
File > Site Manager
3) Now it will open a dialogue box. Click on “New Site”.
4) Enter the login details for the webspace where you are hosting your site in “General” tab.
- Host : Your FTP hostname (usually domain-name.com)
- Port : 21 (you can also leave it blank)
- Server Type : FTP – File Transfer Protocol
- Encryption : Use Plain FTP
- Logon Type : Normal
- User : Your FTP username
- Password : Your FTP password
- Account : Leave it blank
5) Configure your local file settings to tell fileZilla where your local files are located.
Click on “Advanced” tab in Site Manager Dialog box.
- Server Type : Default
- Bypass Proxy : Unticked
- Default Local Directory : Click on the “Browse” button and select your local folder where you save your unzipped WordPress folder.
After filling the details click on “Connect” button. FileZilla will now connect to your webspace via FTP.
You may get an unknown certificate error. Click ok and proceed.
After connection established your will see the interface of fileZilla program something like this (image below).
If you are unable to connect to your web server due to any error, do comment below. We will be happy to help you to solve your problem.
Now you will see your local directory on the left hand side and your webspace on your right hand side.
6) For uploading your wordpress file on your webspace, all you need to do is to drag and drop the unzipped wordpress files from left hand side to right hand side.
For this first select all the files in the wordpress directory by clicking ctrl + a and simply drag it to the white space on the right side.
It will take some few minutes to upload.
Now when your files will be uploaded to your web server it will look something like this.
7) Since your files are uploaded on your web server now you have to install wordpress.
Steps to install WordPress
Step 1 – Create Database and its user :
This is the only technical step in which you will struggle if you are not used to handling technical stuff, but don’t worry, I will make it as easy as possible for you 🙂 .
cPanel is provided by almost all hosting providers and cPanel contains MySql database wizard which makes it easier to create database and its user.
So First Login to your hosting cPanel account and click on MySql database wizard under Database menu category and create a Database by giving it a preferred name.
Select next step and provide a username and password to your newly created database. Though you can set password to anything but my personal suggestion will be to use password generator provided there to create a strong and complex password which will be hard to guess.
Now click on “Create user”, and in the next step provide privilege to the user. On the next page, click on “All Privileges” checkbox option and click on next step.
That’s it , you just have created a database and its user for your new WordPress installation. Just make sure you have noted down your Database name, username and its password as we will soon require it during WordPress installation in the next step.
Now open the url http://domain-name.com/wp-admin/install.php ( where “domain-name” will be replaced by your purchased domain name, for example in www.weboftwo.com, “weboftwo” is the domain name).
First select the language of WordPress installation.
Now, fill the Database name, username and password which you noted down earlier while creating database.
Database host usually is “localhost” in most shared hosting companies like Inmotion, Godaddy etc. Click on save changes after filling all the details.
On the next screen, Provide username and password for your WordPress installation. Avoid giving admin as username and always make it a habit of using complex password for making your website secure . Now submit changes and once everything is finished, you will be able to login to your wordpress admin dashboard by visiting the following link. Replace domain-name with actual domain name:
http://domain-name.com/wp-admin ( where “domain-name” will be replaced by your purchased domain name, for example in www.weboftwo.com, “weboftwo” is the domain name).
Congratulations! Your WordPress website is installed.
So this is the full step by step guide for
how to install wordpress using filezilla
. Don’t forget to bookmark our WordPress Installation guide, which will come in handy whenever you require it.
In case, you can’t successfully install WordPress using the above explained steps, feel free to comment or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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