Things to know before installing
Things to do before installing
To run WordPress we recommend your host supports:
PHP version 5.6 or greater (In your PHP configuration the "output_buffering" value must be set to ON)
MySQL version 5.6 or greater
That’s really it. We recommend Apache or Nginx as the most robust and featureful server for running WordPress, but any server that supports PHP and MySQL will do. That said, we can’t test every possible environment and each of the hosts on our hosting page supports the above and more with no problems.
Note: If you are in a legacy environment where you only have older PHP or MySQL versions, WordPress also works with PHP 5.4+ and MySQL 5.0+, but these versions have reached official End Of Life and as such may expose your site to security vulnerabilities.
Ask for it
Here’s a letter you can send to your host; copy and paste!
I'm interested in running the open-source WordPress <https://wordpress.org/> web software and I was wondering if my account supported the following:
PHP 5.6 or greater
MySQL 5.6 or greater
The mod_rewrite Apache module
Create the database
If you are using a hosting provider, you may already have a WordPress database set up for you, or there may be an automated setup solution to do so. Check your hosting provider's support pages or your control panel for clues about whether or not you'll need to create one manually.
If your hosting provider supplies the cPanel hosting control panel, you may follow these simple instructions to create your WordPress username and database:
If your web server has phpMyAdmin installed, you may follow these instructions to create your WordPress username and database. If you work on your own computer, on most Linux distributions you can install PhpMyAdmin automatically.
Look at these video tutorials to discover how to install a database on your Hosting Provider. It's the same procedure for the most important Hosting Providers. In this guide we show the database creation on HostGator, BlueHost and 1&1, but you can create a database on all the Hosting providers.
How to create database on HostGator
How to create database on BlueHost
How to create database on 1&1