How to Install WordPress From Scratch
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How to Install WordPress From Scratch

Learn to install WordPress to power your website on any website hosting service.
4.3 (53 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
8,281 students enrolled
Created by Deltina Hay
Last updated 7/2014
Price: Free
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • This course shows you how to install WordPress on any hosting service
  • By the end of this course, you will have WordPress installed
  • This course shows you how to access your web server via FTP
  • Learn how to install the correct versions of PHP and MySQL
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  • Internet connectivity is required
  • You should already have an account with a website hosting service
  • You should install the latest version of the Firefox web browser

WordPress is famous for its “5 minute” install; but that claim ultimately depends on where your website is hosted.

Some website hosting plans take care of the preliminary tasks for you – like installing PHP and setting up the MySQL database – but many do not.

Installing WordPress from Scratch assumes nothing. This course walks you through every step necessary to install WordPress no matter where your new WordPress website is hosted.

Author and new media expert Deltina Hay walks you through the ten steps necessary to install WordPress properly and securely – allowing you to skip the steps that do not apply to your install:

  1. Check that your hosting service meets the proper requirements
  2. Install PHP and MySQL
  3. Install PHPMyAdmin (optional)
  4. Create the database and database admin required for WordPress
  5. Download and unzip the WordPress software from
  6. Populate the WordPress configuration file with your information
  7. Establish FTP access to your website server
  8. Upload the WordPress files to your server
  9. Access the WordPress installation file from your browser
  10. Work out any issues and enjoy!

This course is a prequel to Deltina's comprehensive WordPress Fundamentals course to be released soon. Be on the lookout for coupon codes!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginning WordPress users
  • Beginning Web Developers
  • Anyone who wants to use WordPress to power their website
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 13 Lectures Collapse All 13 Lectures 47:47
1 Lecture 03:46

This lesson provides an introduction, and shows you how to determine whether you host meets the minimum requirement for installing WordPress.

Introduction and Step One: Meeting WordPress Minimum Requirements
Preliminary Tasks
2 Lectures 09:47

This lesson walks you through steps two and three: how to install the software necessary to run WordPress on your website host's server. These include installing PHP and MySQL, as well as the optional phpMyAdmin interface.

Installing PHP, MySQL, and phpMyAdmin

This lesson – covering step four – shows you how to create the database and database admin user you need to have in place in order to install WordPress.

Creating Your WordPress Database
Getting WordPress to Your Website
2 Lectures 09:40

This lesson walks you through steps five and six: downloading the WordPress software and populating the WordPress configuration file with your database information.

Downloading and Configuring WordPress

This lesson covers steps seven and eight: Establishing FTP access to your website server and uploading the WordPress files to your server. The lesson includes and overview of how to set up FireFTP for the Firefox browser.

Uploading WordPress to Your Website
Installing and Troubleshooting
1 Lecture 05:21

This lesson walks you through steps nine and ten: how to access the WordPress installation file so you can finally install WordPress and troubleshooting some common installation issues.

Conclusion: Installing WordPress and Troubleshooting Issues
2 Lectures 00:00

Resources cited in the course as well as handy resources to have on hand.

Resources for the Course
1 page

A checklist to use for your install.

WordPress Installation Checklist
2 pages
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About the Instructor
Deltina Hay
3.9 Average rating
281 Reviews
12,490 Students
18 Courses
Author, publisher, developer, blogger, and professor

Deltina Hay is a developer, publisher, small business owner, and the author of four books on social media, the mobile web, and search optimization.

Her first book, The Social Media Survival Guide, is used as a text in colleges and universities worldwide. Her latest book, The Bootstrapper’s Guide to the Mobile Web, helps businesses optimize their mobile web presence. And her upcoming book, The Bootstrapper's Guide to the New Search Optimization, focusing on holistic and organic optimization techniques, will be released in 2015 as a web app.

For nearly 30 years, Ms. Hay has done custom programming, database management, web development, search optimization, and social media marketing consulting for businesses of all sizes. Some of her past clients include Real Simple Magazine, American Greetings, Nestle Toll House, Victoria's Secret, and Kraft. Ms. Hay's graduate education includes computer science, applied mathematics, numerical analysis, and psychology.

Ms. Hay’s working knowledge of social media tools and web development concepts make her courses some of the most thorough and accessible in the industry. She focuses on educating businesses on strategies, technologies and tools for creating an optimized presence in the traditional, social, and mobile web.

Ms. Hay developed the graduate-level Social Media Certificate program for Drury University, and contributes to many online sources, including Six Revisions, LinkedIn, Technorati, and SocialMediaBiz.

Ms. Hay is a lifelong learner who loves to share her diverse knowledge and give back to the industries she loves. She is a member of the International Marketing Standards Board and serves as the Board Chair of the Independent Book Publishers Association.