How to Manually Install WordPress on 1&1

How to Manually Install WordPress on 1&1

Like many hosting companies, 1&1 offers an application building feature that allows you to install blogging or content management systems such as WordPress automatically. However, if you aren’t paying close attention during this process, you may miss the notice at the bottom of the screen letting you know that if you build WordPress automatically on 1&1, you won’t have full administrative access to the website. You won’t be able to modify any files, install new themes and plugins or even update WordPress. Since these stipulations are completely unacceptable for most WordPress users, the alternative is to install WordPress manually on 1&1, thus gaining full administrative control over your website and avoiding 1&1’s harsh restrictions.

Note: If you aren’t comfortable following these steps, I suggest trying a different hosting company. HostGator gives you full control over automatically installed applications and has none of the restrictions that WordPress users on 1&1 hosting have to deal with.
  1. Open a browser and navigate to Click the blue Download WordPress button, save the file to the location of your choice and unzip it.
  2. Log in to your 1&1 account using the link provided in the welcome email.
  3. Click the MySQL Administration link in the box titled Domains & Web Space.
  4. Click the New Database button.
  5. Type a name for the new WordPress database in the Description of the new database field.
  6. Type the desired password for the database in the Password and Repeat Password fields.
  7. Click the Set Up button.
  8. Click the Go to Overview button. Until 1&1 is finished building the WordPress database, this screen will display the phrase Setup Started next to the name of the new database. You’ll need to refresh this screen until it displays the word Ready before you continue. Record the password that you selected when creating the database as well as the Database NameUser Name and Host Name displayed on this screen.
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    Modify these fields in your wp-config.php file.

    Open the folder in which you unzipped WordPress. Right-click the file wp-config-sample.php and select Rename. Change the name of the file to wp-config.php.

  10. Open wp-config.php in Notepad++ or another text editor.
  11. Add the Database Name, Database User NameDatabase Password and Host Name to lines 19, 2225 and 28 of wp-config.php as shown in the screenshot on the right.
  12. Click this link to open the WordPress Secret Key Generator. You’ll notice that each time you refresh the page, these secret keys change. They are randomly generated and should not be shared with anyone. Copy all of this information and paste it over lines 49-52 in wp-config.php.
  13. Save and close wp-config.php.
  14. Connect to your 1&1 server with FileZilla or another FTP client and upload all of the WordPress files to the root directory of the domain on which you want to install WordPress. If your 1&1 account has only one domain, upload WordPress to the top directory.
  15. Navigate in your browser to If you installed WordPress in a subdirectory such as blog, you’ll need to add that to the address. If everything up to this point has been done correctly, you should now see a screen titled Welcome.
  16. Type the desired name of your WordPress website in the Site Title field. Like the other items that you will need to enter going forward, you can always change this later from within the WordPress interface.
  17. Type your desired login name in the Username field.
  18. Type your desired password in the Password, twice fields.
  19. Type the desired administrator email address in the Your E-Mail field.
  20. Click the check box next to Privacy if you want search engines to crawl and index your WordPress website.
  21. Click the Install WordPress button. If everything went correctly, you should now see the message Success.
  22. Click the Log In button to log in to your new WordPress installation.

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