Can I install WordPress manually?

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WordPress is the most popular blog and CMS (content management system) program — it's free, easy to install, and works well on our servers.

Most people who use WordPress install it with our “one-click-install” WordPress installer. You should use that method unless you have a good reason to install it manually.

Installing WordPress manually using FTP

If you want to install WordPress manually using an FTP program, please choose where you would like to use WordPress:

(Whichever option you choose, you can move WordPress later if you need to.)

Installing WordPress manually using the command line shell

If you’re a technically advanced user comfortable with the command line shell, you can install WordPress manually in just a minute or two.

To do this, first create a database in our control panel. Then run these two commands from the shell in the directory where you want to install it:

tar xzf latest.tar.gz --strip-components 1

Then visit your new WordPress URL on the Web. It will ask you for the database name and password, and you’ll be able to continue with the install as if you’d used the one-click installer.