How to install WordPress manually

If you prefer to install WordPress manually, you must follow a few steps:

  1. Upload WordPress files via your FTP
  2. Launch the WordPress installation script

Launch the WordPress installation script

The website files are on your hosting server, right? Now just launch your WordPress installation. To do this, you must have purchased your domain.

Configure the MySQL database

In this step, you must correctly enter your database information into the WordPress installation script.

For security reasons, you can change the prefix of database tables. All these tables start with the default prefix wp_. You can use security extensions to change the prefix. In fact, this is a recommendation.

Once the database connection information has been entered, click the button to validate your action.

If everything is correct, WordPress will be able to connect to the database. But in case of error, WordPress will not be able to connect to the database and you will have to enter them again.

Configure your WordPress site

Now that the database connection is established, simply enter the first information about your website:

  • The website title
  • Your site administrator login
  • Your site administrator password (avoid easy passwords, like the famous 123456)
  • Your email: Make sure you have access to this account, as it is critical to your website.
  • Visibility for search engines: we recommend that this option is not checked. This way you will be found by search engines like Google.

All this information can be changed later.

Once you have filled in the information, click on the Install WordPress button .

Ready! Your WordPress is installed, your login information is set, and your site is ready to go!

Now that you have a 100% space on WordPress, the next step is to create the best content for your audience. After all, it is through this channel that you will be able to communicate efficiently and guaranteedly with the public.

Creating a new Post

First, select the Posts option in your control panel, and then Add New , or go to the top menu and click on New and then select Post .

The next screen will come with a space for creating content similar to Word, with several tool options to edit your text intuitively.

Start by choosing a title for your new post. Next, it’s time to create your post in the text editor space.

Other key parts of your message can be edited to the right of the text editor. Each has a different objective:

  • Publish: in this tab you can control post visibility, status and even schedule your posts for a future date.
  • Categories: here a menu will appear with the categories that exist on your website. In addition to selecting from those that already exist, you can create new categories using this tab.
  • Tags : Just like categories, tags help your text be found more easily. Choose keywords for each article and enter them in the tags field.

Featured image: This is the image that appears highlighted at the top of the post (depending on the chosen theme). Insert the featured image in this tab.

Adding images to a WordPress post

Did you make an incredible post and want to make it even more complete by adding images? To do this, you must select the location where the image will go into the text and click Add Media .

You can then select images from your computer and insert them into the text. In addition to uploading the image, in the same window you can add custom captions and descriptions.

If you are going to use the same image in the future, it will already be in your WordPress library.

Attention! Some practices are recommended to optimize the images on your website. Avoid very large files that can interfere with loading speed. Additionally, include alt attributes to promote SEO.

How to create a new page

You might be wondering if you didn’t just do that, did I get it right? In fact, a post is not a page. Pages are static and are not categorized or have tags and highlighted images.

A good example of a page is a company’s who we are page .

To create a page, click New and then Page or go to the pages section in the left menu and select Add New .

The field for creating a new page looks like that for a new post. The difference is that instead of tags and categories, you can select the page’s attributes.

Plugins in WordPress

What are plugins

Plugins can be called extensions . They exist to make your website even more functional. Thus, with these extensions, it will be possible to further expand the universe of creation of your website and optimize the user experience.

Using plugins you can add payment functions to an online store or create specific sharing options, for example.

Where to download plugins on WordPress

There are a multitude of plugins that can be found on the WordPress website itself.

To access, simply go to the Plugins option in the left menu and browse through the list of options. Just like themes, there are plugins that are free and paid extensions.

How to install plugins on WordPress

This is a very simple task. Installing an extension is like installing a theme and most of the time the process can be done using the WordPress installer.

First, access the desired plugin, click Install. Then click Activate . Ready! Now you can manage them in the installed plugins tab tab .

Some paid plugins cannot be installed this way. If you want to install a premium plugin, you will need to manually upload it to WordPress.

To do this, click on Add New and select plugins option. Then choose the desired plugin and proceed with the upload. Now just install and activate the new extension.

Installing Themes on WordPress

Themes enable you to customize the appearance of your website. There are many free and premium themes available for use on any website.

In addition to general themes, you will also find more specific options, such as online store themes.

Installing a theme on WordPress is an easy task. In a few minutes you can give your website a new look. Navigate to the Appearance section and choose the theme you prefer.

You’ll get a preview of what your website will look like with the new theme, so you can be sure that everything will look the way you want.

If everything is ok, click Install and then activate .

Just like plugins, some themes are paid and need to be installed manually. In a process similar to that performed with plugins, click on Upload Theme and select the file on your computer. Then just click Activate .

Taking care of your website security

The security of your website is as important as the quality of the content you publish. Therefore, the rule here is that safety is never too much!

Below, check out some actions that will help you keep your website safe.

How to backup

Imagine if a system failure wiped out all the content on your website overnight. A little scary, don’t you think? To avoid this type of error, the best thing to do is to always create backup copies of your website files.

To make a backup manually, simply download the WordPress MySQL files. However, this process can be a bit complex if you always update your website.

Another option for performing backups is using plugins, such as UpdraftPlus and BackupUpWordPress.

With these extensions you can schedule backups safely and automatically, without having to worry about downloads.

WordPress Updates

In addition to backups, keeping WordPress updated will help (a lot) to keep your website secure. These updates typically include security measures and WordPress vulnerability fixes.

To update WordPress, pay attention to the notifications in the left menu, in the Updates option option . In addition to WordPress versions, plugins and themes also need to be updated. This way, you will be able to protect your website from possible threats and failures.

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