How To Install WordPress Using FTP Client


As we all know, WordPress is the best blogging platform available out there right now. People use WordPress for all kind of blogs these days. If you are a newbie webmaster or blogger and want to install WordPress in your web server manually, then you are in the right page. Since most web hosting companies provide Fantastico for automatic installation of WordPress, you will not be faced with the task with installing WordPress using FTP client or using cPanel File Manager option regularly.

How To Install WordPress Using FTP Client

But on the other rare occasions where you hosting company doesn’t provide automatic installer, this tutorial about how to install WordPress manually via FTP will help you.

Tutorial To Install WordPress Using FTP Client:

1) To get started, go to Filezilla project website and download the FileZilla FTP client for Windows or for Mac.

Downloading FileZilla FTP Client

2) Once done, install FileZilla in your computer and open up its Window (I am going to share the procedure for Windows-based computers here).

FileZilla FTP Client

3) Next, go to, download WordPress zip package and extract it in your computer.

Download Self Hosted WordPress

4) Now, go to the folder where you have extracted the WordPress files and rename “wp-config-sample.php” to “wp-config.php“.

Rename WP Config File

5) Next, we have to create a database for your WordPress blog. For that, log into your cPanel of your website and click on “MySQL Databases” under “Databases“.

Creating A Database For WordPress

6) In the next page, create a Database for your WordPress blog, then create a Database user and finally add the Database user to the Database. Make sure that you have noted down the Database name, Database user name and Database Password.

7) Now, open the “wp-config.php” file in your computer and add your Database name, user name and password in the respective fields, and save the document.

Database Details WP Config

8) Next, go to FileZilla and connect with your web server by entering the Hostname (which in most cases is the domain name), Username and Password. Once connected, click on “public_html” to access your website files.

public HTML Filezilla

9) Now, if you would like to install WordPress in your root folder i.e., if you would like to have WordPress blog as your website (, then copy and paste the extracted WordPress files to “public_html“.

Upload WordPress To Web Server Using FileZilla

10) If in case that you would like to install WordPress to a sub-folder (, then create a folder named “blog” (you can use any names of your choice) in “public_html” and then upload the WordPress files to this folder.

Uploading WordPress To Blog Sub Folder

11) Once all the WordPress files are uploaded, enter the URL where you have uploaded the files ( or Now, you will see the WordPress installation page.

12) Now, enter your Site Title, Username for your blog, Password and your E-mail address in the respective fields and then click on “Install WordPress“.

WordPress Installation Page

13) Now you will see a success page showing up your username and a “Log In” button. Just click on it, enter your WordPress username and password, and access WordPress successfully.

WordPress Successful Installation Message

That’s it. Now you have successfully finished installing WordPress via FTP client (FileZilla) in your website. If you have any queries regarding this installation tutorial, or if you face any challenges while following this tutorial, do let me know via comments.


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