How to install WordPress on your OVH server

written by Marie

Last updated on: January 7, 2017

Published on March 4, 2016

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In this article I will guide you step by step through installing WordPress on your server. For this tutorial I am using OVH France to host my website.

I want to clarify that I do not use OVH Canada. Long story short, it has been 5 years since I am using OVH France and I am very satisfied with the service I receive. Recently, OVH has intalled servers in Montreal. I had therefore promised myself that for my next website I would give a shot at OVH Canada. Big mistake.

To date, Canada OVH does not offer the opportunity to purchase domain names on their site and offer much less services while costing more! It cost me $ 61.96 CAD for 1 year of hosting. No email addresses, no domain name either.

The best ? for $ 53.88 CAD with OVH France I get : 1 year hosting, 10 email addresses and 1 domain name! All at the same time, saving time and patience by being able to buy my domain name simultaneously.

Configuring the database

To begin, you must create your database in the customer area by visiting the OVH site.

Connect to your OVH customer space with the information you have received by email. Then in the “Hostings” section, select your domain name.

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Click on « Create a database »

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Select these settings. Once your database is created, you will receive an email with all the information related. Keep this email in a tab open as it will be useful in the next steps.

Installing WordPress files on your server

For the rest, you will need a software such as FileZilla to install the WordPress files on your server. This software is available for download here.

Now that you have installed the software, download the latest version of WordPress. You can go here to download the English version. Unzip the file.

Open FileZilla. With the first email you received from OVH, connect to your server.

Informations FTP

Connexion au FTP

From the left side of FileZilla, open the unzipped folder of WordPress. Select all the files and install them inside the www folder.

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Now remove the index.html page. This is a page that OVH automatically installs. It displays a page like “Website is under construction” once you have purchased your hosting.

You are now ready to truly begin configuring your WordPress!

Configuring WordPress

In your address bar, enter the name of your site and add /wp-admin/setup-config.php.

Choose the language you want to install wordpress. In my case, I chose English. Click “Continue”.

Click on « let’s go ».
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Now, enter the information you received in the email of OVH about your new database.

Email BD
Database name : Nom de la base
User Name : Utilisateur
Password : vous seul le connaissez
Database host : Serveur
Table prefix : choisissez ce que vous voulez, mais il est conseillé de changer la valeur par défaut.

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Once these important data are filled, do Next!

On the next screen, you will have to enter the name of your website and create your administration account. Do not create an “admin” account since it is at risk for hacking!

If you have any questions whatsoever with installing your WordPress, you can leave a comment on this article and I will be happy to answer you. You can also write me at

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Mohamed El aaboudi January 1, 2017 - 8:23 pm

Hi there marrie
I like this how to article useful for newbie but you forget to mention CHMOD’S permission is it not required in an ovh shared hosting or it’s required only in ovh virtual servers and you didn’t mention which kind of hosting should use in this installation as i know there is a different between shared hosting and virtual servers.
Good luck!

Marie February 1, 2017 - 11:16 pm

You’re absolutely right!! I’m going to edit this article. 🙂
Thanks for the comment and helping me improve the article!!

markdownsouth January 4, 2017 - 6:31 pm

Once you deploy a web server and any content management platform(s), the next thing you should before adding any content is do a security scan. This needs to be done from a scanner located on the Internet (as opposed to one on your intranet or localhost). This is something web developers miss a lot of times and only think of it after their site is defaced or hacked into and data exfiltrated etc. There are many good scanners out there and some are specific to web sites that can look for php, js, joomla, drupal, etc specific vulnerabilities. There are some free and many more that are not but it is something that should be done. I use Acunetix where I work since it does scan specifically for website software but can also do ports (I do NOT work for them nor am I affiliated with them) but I do use their product. The only drawback is it runs on Windows-and that it isn’t free. This site lists some others: . If you are on a shared hosting platform (not something I recommend unless you don’t want the additional tasks of OS sysadmin work) you are tied to whatever the hosting company does but at least if you find a vulnerability at the web server level (i.e. Apache) or OS level you can show them the scan so they can fix it. Anyways, thought I’d add this to the discussion. I can provide examples if you like. Let me know.

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George July 4, 2019 - 7:47 pm

Hey I really hope you can help me (us)… so my friend has a website on wordpress that he changed the name from .fr to .net and obviously when he tries to log back in, it won’t let him.. the host server he is using is OVH.. can you please tell us how to fix this issue and get the name back to .fr so that we can log back in and have the site running again? I googled and YouTubed this issue but it shows how to do it if you are using Cpanel or so but not OVH as your host. Please help!!! Thanks in advance!

Marie November 16, 2019 - 9:58 am

Hello George!
I’m a bit confused as to what you did exactly here… If I were you I would contact my hosting provider or domain name provider depending on what your problem is exactly and ask for help. They are usually pretty helpful. 🙂


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