How to Download WordPress

WordPress DownloadThis article will explain the specifics of the WordPress download and how to install it. Before we begin, note that AspirationHosting offers a one-click installer for WordPress via cPanel, plans start at $9.99/mo. With that said, some website owners may prefer using the manual method below for a better idea of their installation.

Web Hosting Environment Requirements for WordPress

  • PHP 7 or higher
  • MySQL 5.6 or higher
  • mod_rewrite module enabled
  • HTTPS Support

Start with the WordPress Download

Head on over to to download the latest version of WordPress. Once you have the .zip on your local machine, extract it to a directory of your choosing.

Next, rename the file:




The “wp-config.php” file needs to be modified for the MySQL database. As a result, set it aside and continue on.

Set up MySQL Database (DB) and User

Furthermore, your new WordPress download is going to require a MySQL database for installation. If using cPanel, database and user is creatable via the “Database Wizard”, if using another control panel or system, you should to refer to the documentation.

Create a new DB:
example: mysitewp

Create a user for the new DB:
example: mysitewp

Also, be sure the user has full access and control privileges to the DB. Make note of the password since it will need to be entered into the configuration file.

Modify the wp-config.php file

Because we did not have the database created when we downloaded the latest WordPress we will need to go back and make the changes required. So, let’s start by opening up the wp-config.php file.

Open wp-config.php in your favorite text editor

Look for the MySQL Settings, this includes the DB_NAME, DB_USER, DB_PASSWORD, and DB_HOST.

First of all, enter your database name then fill out the rest of the DB credentials. For host you can use “localhost”, if the MySQL server is hosted via remote the IP/hostname will need to be used.

Upload your WordPress download via FTP or cPanel File Manager

We now have everything set, we just need to upload it to our web host! The easiest way to proceed is by using cPanel’s File Manager in which you can re-zip the archive with the modified configuration file, upload it as one file, and then extract it via cPanel.

In addition to cPanel, an FTP client like FileZilla can be used to upload all files to your root web directory.

Complete the WordPress installation

Navigate to the URL you just uploaded your WordPress download to. for example: or The last task is to follow the installation steps via the web address.

Aspiration Hosting provides fully optimized WordPress hosting. Our plans start out at $9.99/mo and include 24/7/365 Technical Support, free backups, and plenty of other goodies. Questions? Feel free to contact us.