If you need to update your installation from an earlier version, see the Update Instructions instead.
Before getting started, make sure your web host and your browser meet all the System Requirements to run ExpressionEngine.
You’ll need an empty database and the following credentials handy to install ExpressionEngine. If you’re not sure how to create a new database or find this information, ask your web host.
After purchasing ExpressionEngine, download it from your account (or grab a copy of the free, feature-limited ExpressionEngine Core), and unzip the files to a folder on your computer. Then use your favorite FTP client to upload the files to a publicly-accessible directory on your server.
These permissions are typical for PHP-based applications running on Apache, though you may want to check with your web host to see if more restrictive permissions can be used to allow PHP to write to files and directories.
Set this file to 666:
Set these directories to 777:
Provide all permissions to the IIS user for these directories:
Point your browser to the URL of the admin.php file you uploaded. For example: http://example.com/admin.php.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install ExpressionEngine.
If you choose not to install the default theme, your site’s homepage will appear blank because no templates or content has been created yet.
Once the Installation Wizard is finished, you should rename or remove the system/ee/installer/ directory from your server.
You can now log in to your Control Panel at http://example.com/admin.php!
If you’re new to ExpressionEngine, get started with the classic Hello, World! example.