How to install WordPress (WP) in 5 minutes

Blogger Drea wrote a comment today that she had some problems setting up a WordPress installation on her server with its domain. I can well understand that since it operates with "difficult" words and expressions in all descriptions of how to set up your own hosted WordPress blog. So, here's a pretty simple walk-through of how to set up your own hosted WordPress blog on your server and with your domain in 5 minutes:

1. Get a server and domain

First, you need to have a server and your domain. The server is the computer your blog is to be stored on, and the domain is sort of the name you have to enter in the address bar to get to your blog. By far the simplest solution, and in fact, one of the cheapest as well is to fix both the server and the domain from There you get "packages" that contain everything you need from about NOK 10 per month. So go to and order. The cheapest package is more than enough for most bloggers here on the mountain actually, with enough storage space and all you need of technical support. To register a dot no domain (ex: you must have an organization number for a company registered in Brønnøysund. If you do not have a company, you will have international domains. So dot com, dot net, dot org, etc. What you choose is up to you, but dot com is probably the most used. The domain itself costs just over a hundred bucks a year. This is of course in addition to the 10 kroner you have to pay for the server from So summa summarum you get around 200-250 bols a year for the whole thing. After you have chosen the domain and paid with your VISA card, you will probably have to wait for about 24 hours before everything is up and running. It takes some time for to set up space for you on the server, and then they have to register your domain in something called DNS servers - which can best be described as the Internet telephone directory. After 24 hours or something like that, you are ready for the installation of WordPress.

2. Mail from

What makes so well-suited for users who have no clue at all about "anything" is that you get an email immediately after purchasing a server and domain that contains ALL the information you need to install and set up Your WordPress blog. Then open the email you received that is called something like "Codes for". The information you need is the following: FTP: This stands for File Transfer Protocol and is just a fancy term for file transfer. You need to use a separate program to upload files to your server namely. If you go to you will find dozens of options. They are mostly free too. Then find a test winner on and download and install it on your hard drive. 

The information you need to upload files with your FTP client to your server can be found in .. Drum Swirl .. the email you received from In short, enter the host (ie your server), username, and password. Then just click "connect" or something like that (depending on which FTP client you use) to connect to your server. MYSQL: WordPress thus stores your blog posts on your server. That's fine, but they're stored in something called a database. There are several different types of databases, but the one you are going to use is called MySQL, and .. drum vortex .. it is exactly this type of that gives you access to once you have ordered the server and domain. Simple, right? So, go back to the email you received from and scroll down until you find “MySQL”. There you will find exactly the information you need to install WordPress. So, write this down somewhere. You will need the hostdatabase nameusername, and password. Everything is there, so just write it down.

3. Download WordPress

Ok, do you have your FTP information? The MySQL information? Well, then you are ready to install WordPress on your server. Go to and download the latest version of WordPress. This comes in an extracted file ( .zip ), so you need to extract it. This usually happens automatically after the file is downloaded to your hard drive, but you may need to double-click it or something. Ok, all clear.

4. Configure wp-config.php

WordPress is just a computer program, so it can not smell where to get blog posts from or something like that. Therefore, you must enter this information yourself. And the information you need to enter? Jess, this is the MYSQL information that you wrote down from the email you received at Then, open the wp-config-sample.php file in a word processor such as Wordpad or Notepad ( not Word! ). The file should look like this:
<? php 
// ** MySQL settings ** // 
define ('DB_NAME', ' putyourdbnamehere '); // The name of the database 
define ('DB_USER', ' usernamehere '); // Define your MySQL username 
('DB_PASSWORD', ' yourpasswordhere '); // ... and password 
define ('DB_HOST', ' localhost '); // 99% chance you will not need to change this value 
define ('DB_CHARSET', 'utf8'); 
define ('DB_COLLATE', ''); 
// Change SECRET_KEY to a unique phrase. You will not have to remember it later, 
// so make it long and complicated. You can visit
define ('SECRET_KEY', ' put your unique phrase here '); // Change this to a unique phrase. 

// You can have multiple installations in one database if you give each a unique prefix $ table_prefix = 'wp_'; // Only numbers, letters, and underscores please!
// Change this to localize WordPress. A corresponding MO file for the 
// chosen language must be installed to wp-content / languages. 
// For example, install to wp-content / languages ​​and set WPLANG to 'de' 
// to enable German language support. 
define ('WPLANG', ''); 
/ * That's all, stop editing! Happy blogging. * / 
define ('ABSPATH', dirname (__ FILE __). '/'); 
require_once (ABSPATH. ' wp-settings.php '); 
 I have highlighted the important things. At the top, you will see that you have to enter your MySQL information. Fill in the information you received in the email from You must remember to enter only the information in the email. In the field db_password, you should not find your password - you should enter the password that is in the email and nothing else! Remember that there is a difference between uppercase and lowercase letters and such in the computer world. Enter the information accurately! And the put your unique phrase here line, you replace it with something like a mink bullet blog lover, or something like that. Remember that it should not be æø, or å here. In other words, no special Norwegian letters. (To get the Norwegian language package from WordPress - if you need it - you can go to WordPress at this point. If you want the Norwegian language package, you must download an additional language file, and enter a parameter here in wp-config-sample.php. However, you do not have to do this for WP to work, and you can install the Norwegian language pack at a later time if you want.) After entering the MySQL information, and possibly the language information, select " Save as ... " and name the file wp-config.php Save the file to the WordPress folder you just downloaded.

5. Upload WordPress to your server via FTP

Now you have entered the information you need, so now you fire up your FTP client and connect to your server. From this point, you can only follow's simple installation process point by point, but I can indicate the most important steps (actually the only ones as well):
  • Upload WordPress to your server.
  • Go to
  • Follow the instructions in the step-by-step guide.
  • Fix done!
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