Last week, I was working on a website designing project for one of my clients and it was the first time I was working on Plesk. I had installed WordPress on cPanel several times but never worked on Plesk. That was the first time I got the opportunity to work on Plesk and learned how to install WordPress manually on Plesk Parallels.
What are the things you need to keep handy to install WordPress manually on Plesk?
Before you install WordPress on Plesk Panel, you need to keep certain things ready.
Download the latest version of WordPress from its official page.
Creating Database on Plesk
Now the database is created, it’s time to start the installation process.
Step-By-Step Instructions on How to Install WordPress Manually on Plesk
Please note: You will be uploading the files and folder of WordPress to the httpdocs folder.
You will find some default files and files with the httpdocs folder if this is your first time WordPress installation. Delete those default files and folders.
After that, select the zip file and click “Extract Files”. You will see a folder being extracted named “WordPress”.
Double click on the folder to go within it, select all the files and click on “Copy/Move”. You have to move all the files and folders out to the httpdocs folder. By default the path will show as “/httpdocs/WordPress/, but rename the path to /httpdocs.
If your domain is say www.example.com and if you would have kept the files within the WordPress folder, your site would be installed as www.example.com/WordPress.
As you have moved the files out to the httpdocs folder, the site will be installed as www.example.com.
Now, delete the zipped WordPress file and the WordPress folder from which you just moved out the files.
Now, rename the wp-config-sample.php file to wp-config.php.
Click the icon above to open the wp-config.php file in an editor and replace the default database name, database user and password with the ones you just created in the above step. Click Save and then OK.
Now, open a new tab in your browser and type www.example.com/wp-admin/install.php and hit enter. Make sure to replace example.com with your own domain name.
You will get an installation form. Fill it with Site Title (you can change this later), enter a strong username and password, an email address and click “Install”.
Your WordPress has been installed!
As you can see, it’s almost the same as installing WordPress on cpanel with the only difference being the name of the folder. In cPanel, you called it public_html whereas in Plesk, you call it httpdocs.
The remaining steps are almost the same.
The interface of Plesk panel seems different from cPanel but almost as organized as Plesk.
Have you installed WordPress on Plesk Parallels before? How was your experience? Which do you think is better – cPanel or Plesk? Do share your experience in the comments below.