WordPress is a state-of-the-art blogging platform with a focus on aesthetics, web standards, and usability. Using our 1-Click installer in the Account Center is the easiest way to start blogging today. You can also view a video of this installation made by WordPress themselves at wordpress.tv.
Before you start
If you would like to install WordPress on your primary domain or any other already existing domain on your Grid, be sure to read the prompts on the screen as they appear.
The following guide applies ONLY to (gs) Grid Service and Grid Lite customers. If you are on a Grid Personal, Pro, or Elite you will want to use the newer Managed Apps to install WordPress.
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(mt) Media Temple only supports the basic operation of our 1-Click installer, not the WordPress application. Please consult our Scope of Support for further details. You should also be aware of the following:
- The WordPress version used in the guide below may not reflect the most recent version available in the Account Center.
- Recent versions of WordPress, version 2.7 and later, feature an Automatic Upgrade. Click here for more information. You can launch the automatic upgrade by clicking the link in the new version banner or by going to the Tools -> Upgrade menu. After that, it should be straightforward.
Automatic Upgrades do fail sometimes though, so remember to backup your database first, and deactivate your plugins before starting the upgrade.
If you're having trouble with the steps in this article, additional assistance is available via Advanced Support, our premium services division. For more information on what Advanced Support can do for you, please click here.
Watch this video to learn how to install WordPress on your Grid using the 1-Click Applications tool.
- Log into your Account Center.
- Click on the primary domain of your Grid.
- Click on 1-Click Apps in the Add-Ons box:
- Click on New App:
- Click the Add button for WordPress:
- Application URL: Enter the URL that you want to want to install WordPress too, without the 'www':
DO NOT USE WWW. The www is not required as WordPress is smart enough to load your website at http://www.example.com. If you would like your site to always load with the www, then you can set that within the site url settings from the WordPress admin panel.
If the domain you want to use is not yet pointing to your Grid, go ahead and enter it; then view the site via your access domain. Once DNS propagation is complete, you can update the URL in your WordPress Dashboard by going to Settings > General. More info here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Settings_General_SubPanel.
- Database Setup: Please select New Database from the dropdown and give your database a unique name that will allow you to know it is WordPress, and with which domain it is associated.
- Database Table Prefix: Please provide a table prefix that will allow you to remember which domain your WordPress database is associated to. We suggest to have it end with a underscore for easier reading in phpMyAdmin. After that, click Install.
- You may encounter a message informing you of a "Directory Conflict," similar to the message below:
Don't worry; this is normal!
This message simply means that there is already existing content in the domain folder on your server (often, this is the default placeholder page for your domain). To resolve this issue, select Backup Content and Proceed. The installer will then copy the existing data from your "html" folder into an "html" folder with a timestamp (something like "html-2014-12-03-14:15:03-1170"), for retrieval as necessary.
- After the Pending Installation "state" completes, click on Finish.
If you try to access the domain before finishing the installation of WordPress, you will be redirected to the Account Center. This security measure prevents others from finishing your installation and gaining administrator access to your WordPress site.
- Provide your Blog Title as it will appear on your website and a valid email address. Then click Install WordPress.
- Be sure to take note of your username and password. Log into WordPress and start blogging!
Q: Can I use the WordPress 1-Click installer on more than one domain or subdomain?
A: Yes, you can use the 1-Click installer as many times and on as many domains as you wish. If you do install more than one copy of WordPress, please remember to create a new database for each install. Otherwise, you will overwrite your existing database.
Q: How long does the WordPress 1-Click take to finish the installation?
A: On average, it should take no longer than 10 to 15 minutes. If it takes longer than 30 minutes, please open a support request within your Account Center.
Q: Can I use the 1-Click for an alternate domain?
A: Absolutely. When you get to Step 6, enter the URL for your alternate domain instead of the primary domain.
Jetpack is now pre-bundled.
All Grid 1-Click installs of WordPress are pre-bundled with Jetpack.
What is Jetpack?
Jetpack is a WordPress plugin that supercharges your self-hosted WordPress site with the awesome cloud power of WordPress.com.
If you are already running WordPress on your Grid or DV server, you can install Jetpack via the plugin directory on your admin panel, or by uploading the files to your server. For Grid users who have not installed WordPress yet, Jetpack will be included with the 1-Click WordPress install found in your Account Center.