How to Install WordPress on a Plesk Server Manually

How to Install WordPress on a Plesk Server
Create the Site's Database
  1. Log into your control panel.
  2. Click on Subscriptions and choose the domain.
  3. Select the Websites & Domains tab.
  4. In the Custom Website section click the Databases tool.

    Plesk 12 Websites & Domains
  5. Click on Add New Database.
  6. Specify a Database name, Database user name, password, and confirm password then click OK.

    Plesk 12 create database
Download and Install WordPress
  1. Go to and download the latest version of WordPress. (Choose the zip version if you are using a Windows machine while installing, or a tar.gz version if your workstation is a Mac or Linux machine.)
  2. Locate the package you downloaded and extract it to your local machine.
  3.  Use FileZilla or your favorite FTP client to upload the contents of the WordPress directory (not the directory itself) to the root directory of your website (httpdocs). 
    1. Open your FTP client. (These instructions are written for FileZilla)
    2. In the Host section, type the server's IP address.
    3. In the Username field, type the username you used to log into cPanel.
    4. In the Password field, type the password you used to log into cPanel.
    5. Click Quickconnect.
    6. On the right side, select the httpdocs folder.

      FTP to Plesk 12 Linux Server
    7. Select all the files and folders within the httpdocs folder and press the Delete key on your keyboard. Confirm removal of the files on the remote site's httpdocs folder.
    8. On the left side, locate the WordPress folder you extracted. Highlight all the files and folders.
    9. Drag the files on the left to the right.

      Transfer WordPress Files to Httpdocs
    10. If your DNS information is not currently pointing your website's A record to the server's IP address, you will either need to make that change with your registrar or modify the hosts file of your local machine to point to the server's IP address.
    11. Open a browser on your local machine and type the domain name followed by /wp-admin/install.php.
    12. Fill out the required information.

      WordPress Installation Screen
    13. You will be asked for your database name, database user and database password. Supply them. Leave the database server name as default.
    14. Once WordPress has finished installing, you will be given an option to login.
    15. Click the Log in button and supply the username and password specified when setting up the site.

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