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How do I manually install WordPress via FTP?

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This article will describe how to install Wordpress via FTP. If you do not know how to use FTP or need a refresher check out the articles here.

Step 1 Wordpress requires a MySQL database. If you have not set up a MySQL database already for the Wordpress install, do so first by referencing - How do I create a new MySQL database?.
Step 2 Download and save the latest version of Wordpress from the Wordpress download page to your computer.
Step 3 Double-click the zip file downloaded to extract the files.


Figure 1: Extract All Files


Figure 2: Select Next


Figure 3: Select the Browse button to choose a location to extract.


Figure 4: Select a location and click OK. The Desktop is the preferred location.


Figure 5: Click the Next > button.


Figure 6: Click the Finish button.

Step 4 You should see that a new wordpress folder exists now that you have uncompressed the zip file.


It is best to rename the folder similar to the website that will be using Wordpress. In this example, we rename the folder to 1and1help

Step 5 Upload the folder to the root of your webspace via FTP.

For more information of how to upload files via FTP, please reference our FTP FAQ pages.
Step 6 Now that the folder has been uploaded, you will have to ensure that the domain points to this folder. You must log into the 1&1 Control Panel and change the destination folder for the domain to the folder you just uploaded. To edit destination see How do I set up or change a destination for the domain?

Please note: it may take ~15 minutes until the domain will point at the correct folder after making changes.
Step 7 Open a browser and access your domain. In this example, the domain is

When the domain points to the correct folder, you should see a Wordpress page informing you that there is no configuration file. Click the button for Create a Configuration File.

Step 8 If the config file is created successfully, you will be informed of the information you need to completed the setup. Primarily, you will need the database information from the 1&1 Control Panel. Please reference Where do I find the necessary information to connect to MySQL Database? and when ready, click Let's go!

Step 9 Fill out the database information where required as seen in the screen shots below. An example has been shown for both the 1&1 Website Server (formerly known as a managed server)- Figure 7, and the Beginner, Home, Business and Developer Web hosting packages -Figure 8. Please reference the correct image below.

Figure 7: Configuration for 1&1 Website Servers

Figure 8: Configuration for Web Hosting Servers

Step 10 If the information is correct, you will be informed that Wordpress is ready for installation. Click the Run the install button to continue.

Step 11 You will be prompted to enter a Blog Title and Your E-mail address. If you wish, select Allow my blog to appear in search engines like Google and Technorati. to allow the site to be indexed by search engines.


When finished, click the Install Wordpress button.
Step 12 Please write down your username and password for your own reference. Wordpress has now been installed successfully and you may now click the Log In button to begin setup of your Worpress site!


Note: 1&1 does not provide support for 3rd party software. This includes WordPress.

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