Since I’ve made a post on how to use EasyApps to install applications on your IX Web Hosting account, a reader made me realize WordPress has to be installed in a directory and cannot be installed in the root folder of your website.
Another inconvenient is the fact that the latest WordPress release available through EasyApps is version 2.5 while version 2.7 is already out at the time of this writing.
Despite these problems, IX Web Hosting remains a good web host so I’m going to show you how to install WordPress manually. This way, you’ll be able to use the latest version and install it at the root of your website.
This tutorial assumes that you’re already logged in your IX Web Hosting control panel and that you know how to upload files through FTP.
First, click on the Manage button from your IX Web Hosting control panel and a new window will open :
From the newly opened window, click on the MySQL Server icon, right under Databases :
Click on Add Database :
Enter a name and a description for your database, then hit Next :
Once the database is created, you’ll need to create a MySQL user account in order to access it. Hit the Add User button after filling the fields as shown below :
Okay we’re now done with the MySQL database part. Now let’s head over to WordPress.org (http://www.wordpress.org) to download the latest version of our favorite blog platform. Click on the Download WordPress button :
From the next page, click the Download WordPress button :
When you’re prompted to save the WordPress installation files, don’t forget to choose a directory you will remember. Too often, people click the Save button as soon as the see the download window and they have no idea where the file will be saved!
Once the download is completed, use your favorite compression utility (Winzip, WinRAR, ZipGenius or whatever) to extract the content from WordPress file archive. Take note of the directory you’re extracting the files to. For this tutorial, I’ll be extracting them to D:\temp\wordpress
Next you will need a FTP client in order to transfer the WordPress files to your website. Personnally I like using Filezilla because it’s easy to use and it’s free.
Connect to your IX Web Hosting through FTP and double-click the folder named by your website’s domain name :
Now select all the content from the WordPress folder on your computer and upload it to your IX Web Hosting account. You may be prompted to overwrite some of the files created there by default when you signed up with IX Web Hosting :
Sit back and get a coffee, the upload may take a while. When completed, use your FTP client to delete the file named index.html :
Hold on, we’re almost done now! Open your web browser to http://www.yourwebsite.com and click the Create a Configuration File button:
On the next page, hit the Let’s Go button to start the installation. Enter the information needed by WordPress to connect to your MySQL database as you’ve created earlier in this tutorial and click on Submit (don’t forget to set the right Database Host) :
If everything went correctly, click on Run the install from the next page. Enter a title for your blog as well as your email address and click on Install WordPress :
Take note of the login information provided and you’re now ready to blog your way to success! Your blog will now be accessible at the root of your website while the administration interface will be available at http://www.yourwebsite.com/wp-admin
Stephane is a web developer and system administrator with over 18 years of experience. Specialized in PHP programming and Linux server administration, he also provided development and consulting services to SMBs for several years before becoming an online entrepreneur.