Introduction: How to Host Your Own Wordpress Blog

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Installing Wordpress on your own server gives you more control over your blog. This Instructable is a step-by-step guide on how to do it, completely free and no coding skills required.

Step 1: Get Hosted

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First off, you'll need a server to upload all of your files. We need a host that supports MySQL, and FTP would make the process alot easier, but most web hosts support those 2 features anyway. If you already have a web host that supports MySQL and FTP, then go to the next step. For this Instructable, i'll be using http://www.1free.ws/, which is a free web host, but you can choose one from the list below, or find your own.

http://www.0fees.net/
http://xtreemhost.com/
http://www.free-space.net/
http://www.emenace.com/
http://www.sitegoz.com/
http://www.freewebhostx.com/
http://www.heliohost.org/home/
http://www.awardspace.com/web_hosting.html
http://www.agilityhoster.com/
http://www.byethost.com/
http://dhost.info/
http://summerhost.info/
http://www.batcave.net/
http://www.tekcities.com/
http://www.freehostpro.com/
http://www.vistahosting.cn/
http://stonerocket.net/freehost.php

Step 2: Create a MySQL Database

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Now, log into your web hosting account, and see if you can find a 'MySQL' option or 'database' option. From there you can create a database. Call it something memorable and relevant to the blog you're creating, e.g. 'blog'.

Depending on the web host, you may have to create a username and password. Again, just make the username memorable and relevant, and make the password hard to guess.

Step 3: Download Wordpress

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Go to www.wordpress.org and download Wordpress to your computer. Extract it all to a folder, then open the folder. Inside you'll find a bunch of files and folders. Find 'wp-config-sample.php' and rename it to 'wp-config.php'. Open it with Notepad.

Now, in this file you'll have to enter your details. Under 'database name' just enter your webhost username with an underscore, followed by the name of your database.

For example, if my webhost username was freew_3754403 and my database name was 'blog', I would put 'freew_3754403_blog' without the quotes of course.

Same goes for the username, but not the password. The host should stay as 'localhost' unless your webhost has a custom one.

Save and close the file.

Step 4: Download FileZilla

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To upload all the Wordpress files manually would take hours, which is where FTP comes in. First find out your webhosts FTP details. These are usually listed in the control panel of your account.

Then download an FTP client. I recommend FileZilla, which you can download here: http://filezilla-project.org/

Install and open up FileZilla.

Then enter your FTP host, username and password and press connect. This should noyl take a couple of seconds to connect.

Step 5: Upload Wordpress Files

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Once FileZilla has connected to your FTP host, navigate to 'HTDOCS' if there is one (though FileZilla). This is where you can upload the files. Simply drag and drop the wordpress folder to the 'HTDOCS' folder and wait for it to complete.

Step 6: Configure Wordpress

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Once FileZilla has uploaded all your files, on your web browser go to http://yourweb.host/wordpress/ and follow the steps.

After that you'll be taken to the dashboard. I recommend you change your wordpress admin password because the one it generated for you is too hard to remember.

That's it! You're done. Post away.

Comments

jesssmart877 (author)2017-05-29

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Gregorid (author)2017-05-19

Arturintheme, from my personal experience there is couple of very nice Hosting services which you can use. Maybe you should search for Hostgator, DreamHost and HostJedi since they all have some nice offers and they are pretty fast and stable.

Arturintheme (author)2017-01-25

Does anyone know if these hosting providers are fast?

RamonG40 (author)2017-01-20

You forget about http://www.hostgator.com/ and https://www.hostmonster.com/ for me this is hostings best in USA

airbnbsecret (author)2016-10-16





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Moka Desing UK (author)2016-08-11

In my experience the best WordPress hosting service is Siteground.

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MatteoMatteo123 (author)2016-07-31

I can not agree more. We should all go wordpress. Here is another good articel that helps to get started http://agatewaytoit.blogspot.co.il/2015/10/hosting-your-website.html

AlexGoldberggg (author)2016-06-15

Great advice! i found another helpful article that helps you choose the best hosting for your WordPress site. http://www.dezzain.com/web-hosting/whats-the-best-place-to-host-your-wordpress-site/

LaurieV8 (author)2016-05-16

You are amazing thank you for this! I was so confused. I want to built my own site with my own server and looked everywhere to learn how and could'nt find anything until I saw this post!!! Thanks again.

LaurieV8 (author)2016-05-16

You are amazing thank you for this! I was so confused. I want to built my own site with my own server and looked everywhere to learn how and could'nt find anything until I saw this post!!! Thanks again.

LaurieV8 (author)2016-05-16

You are amazing thank you for this! I was so confused. I want to built my own site with my own server and looked everywhere to learn how and could'nt find anything until I saw this post!!! Thanks again.

MartyR9 (author)2016-04-13

I started blogging with wordpress recently and I use Wordpress hosting service from http://www.serverwagon.com. It's gonna running very well.

hsnyc (author)2015-04-11

You can use WAMP Server to host your own WordPress site from home and save money! I have been hosting my site from my home office for a while now and it has been working great.. here is how to do it: http://hsny.co/host-your-own-site-with-wamp

Om_Audio (author)hsnyc2016-04-12

Thanks!

RajibB4 (author)2016-02-28

please clear the url http://yourweb.host/wordpress

how i write the url give an example....please

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NasirK9 (author)2016-02-23

nice...

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Jeremy_Taylor (author)2016-01-24

Always choose a reliable hosting for your websites. For example, www.rosehosting.com is a fantastic host with high reliability and a friendly, professional support. I have a VPS with them. Their tech support helped me migrate my WordPress websites from the previous host and I never had any single problem since then.

ThelmaM2 (author)2015-10-23

nice and very informative post...Word press is a Content Management System (CMS) software. These bloggers software (system) is very popular, especially some reasons. At any point, you can create your blog free of charge. The domain registration, web hosting will not have to pay for anything. Very easy to use. Information blog in the search engines, the software itself. There are several templates for use. Any of the choice to select the design of your site can use.if you want to know more visit this link. <a href="http://www.wikifo.com/2015/10/creat-free-wordpress-blog.html">HOW TO CREATE WORDPRESS BLOG FULL GUIDELINE STEP BY STEP</a>

WhateverH (author)2015-09-30

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MarrionF (author)2015-08-03

MadhavK2 (author)2015-06-03

I absolutely loved this Blog.! It is very informative. Blogger described each and every step in detail with pictures. I wanted to host my own blog, I was so confused. there is no confusion in my mind anymore. this blog helps me alot. keep it up.

Baloydi Lloydi (author)2015-03-16

free hosting is great if you wanted to familiarize and experiment with hosting and Wordpress. If you wanted more requirements then that's the time that you upgrade to paid domain and hosting. Cheers!

Webhostinguk (author)2015-02-04

thanks for the share.

syedhamzahasan (author)2014-11-15

thank you for this

webthesmartway (author)2013-05-03

good guide, thanks for sharing!

divedaddy03 (author)2013-04-17

This has been very helpful, thank you!

shoyru_master_11 (author)2010-05-28

where is the Feedback link on wordpress.org, i would like to give them an idea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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