How to Install Wordpress Using Filezilla

Among the many notable features of Wordpress is its ease of installation. Many web hosting companies offer one-click automatic installation. However, for those who need to install it by themselves, the following are what you need to have and to do to be able to successfully install the Wordpress CMS on your web server.

What you’ll need:

  • •   A Filezilla FTP client which you can download here.
  • •   The latest version of Wordpress which you can get here.
  • •   Your FTP login details – ftp hostname, ftp username, and FTP password
  • •   Your database login details – database name, database username, database password, and database host

Both the FTP and the Database details are available in your Control Panel or cPanel.

What you need to check:

  • •   Make sure that the hosting package you’ve purchased from your web hosting company supports PHP and MySQL database – Wordpress is PHP-based and it requires the use of MySQL database
  • •   Install Filezilla
  • •   Unzip the Wordpress file you have downloaded and save it on your desktop for easy access

Uploading Wordpress Files Using FileZilla

  • •   Open your FileZilla program
  • •   Click on File>Site Manager
    Filezilla Filemanager
  • •   Click on “New Site” on the Site Manager Dialog Box
    Site Manager Dialog Box
  • •   Enter the FTP login details of your webspace so that FileZilla can know the remote directory where to upload your website files
    FTP login details

Host:your FTP hostname (usually this is something like

Port: 21 (or you can leave it blank)

Server Type: FTP – File Transfer Protocol

Encryption: Use Plain FTP

Logon Type: Normal

User: Your FTP username

Password: Your FTP password

Account: Leave it blank

  • •   Configure your local directory settings so that FileZilla will know where your local files are located

Click on the “Advanced” tab on Site Manager.
Advanced tab

Server Type: Default (Autodetect)

Bypass Proxy: unticked

Default Local Directory: where you save your unzipped Wordpress folder

Leave other options as is and then click on the “Connect” button.

Once you get connected, your FileZilla interface should look like the image below:

Your local directory is the one on the left pane, and your remote directory is the one on the right pane.

Note: If you encounter connection trouble, double check your FTP configuration settings. You may also contact your webhost to make sure that you have the correct details.

  • •   Transfer files from your computer (local directory) to your webspace (remote directory)

Locate your Wordpress folder and double click on it. Highlight all files, right click, and then click “Upload”. All contents of the Wordpress folder will be automatically uploaded from the local directory to the remote directory.

Configuring Your Wordpress Site

You now have your files ready on the server. The next thing you should do to complete the installation process is to configure your Wordpress website details.

Configuring Your Wordpress Site Part 2

Just fill in the fields with the correct details and then click “Install Wordpress” to finish the installation process.

Article By: Wasim Ismail

Wasim’s a project manager at Alrayes Web Solutions along with an online SEO consultant & blogger for business at, specialising in online business.

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