Installing WordPress blog is very simple and not at all technically challenging. In today’s WordPress tutorial I will show you how to install WordPress blog on your domain in less than a few minutes and only with a few clicks.
“How To Install WordPress Blog” is the first lesson of many, in the WordPress Tutorial series. To see what is covered, please be sure to visit the WordPress Tutorial Table of Contents, to browse through all the topics discussed.
How To Install WordPress Blog On Your Domain
For this demonstration I use Hostgator (affiliate link) web hosting because that is where I have an account. But if you have an account with another web host with cPanel or a similar control panel, the installation will be similar. If you are not sure what cPanel is please read the section on cPanel here…
Most web hosting companies offer one of the two most common WordPress installation scripts: QuickInstall and Fantastico. In this tutorial I will show you how to install WordPress with either. If your hosting provider is a reputable company and does not offer these scripts, they will have a similar script to help you install WordPress.
Step 1. Log into your cPanel
When you’ll click on the cPanel login link you received from your web host, you will arrive at your cPanel login screen. It will look like the image below or very similar.
Image 1. Hostgator cPanel Login Screen
Enter you username and password and click “Log in”. When you’ll login you will be brought to your cPanel. In the cPanel scroll down to the section where you will find the WordPress Installing Script. Usually you will find it in a section called Software or Services.
1. How To Install WordPress With QuickInstall
Step 2. In the cPanel scroll down to Software/Services
Image 2. Access QuickInstall in cPanel
Click on QuickInstall icon to enter the program to install WordPress.
Step 3. Installing WordPress Blog In QuickInstall
After you click on QuickInstall in your cPanel you will be taken to the QuickInstall Home page. There, click on WordPress to initiate installation.
Image 3. QuickInstall Home Page
Step 4. Begin Installation of WordPress.
Sometimes, before you actually enter the WordPress Installation screen, you get this “continue” screen.
Image 4. QuickInstall “Continue” Screen
Click on “continue” and move on to the installation process.
Image 5. QuickInstall WordPress Installation Screen
- From the dropdown menu select your domain. Make sure that inside the input box it is a naked URL, without the http:// (that is already there by default).
- Enter your blog admin email address. Use your forwarded email. If you have not forwarded your email yet, use your regular email. Later on you can change the email in the WordPress settings. (If you don’t know how to forward your email read the tutorial on forwarding email here…)
- Enter your blog title. Don’t worry much about this because later on I’ll show you how to change all these items in your WordPress settings.
- Admin username should be strong. Don’t use your name or “admin” or “support” or any obvious designations. Be creative. Strong admin username adds to the protection of your blog against hackers.
- Add your first and last names. You will have an opportunity to choose to display any combination of these names for author designation. Some people use pen names.
When all the information you input is to your satisfaction click the “Install” button. As soon as you do that, the process of installing WordPress will begin and you will be taken to a new QuickInstall screen.
Image 6. Congratulations Your WordPress Is Installed
YOU ARE DONE!
2. How To Install WordPress With Fantastico
Installing WordPress with Fantastico is just as easy as installing it with QuickInstall.
1. Locate Fantastico script in your cPanel. It will usually be placed in Software or Services area of your cPanel.
2. When you locate Fantastico, click on the Fantastico icon or a Fantastico link and this will bring you to the Fantastico Home Page.
Image 7. Fantastico Home Page
On the left hand side of the page, locate WordPress. Click on it to initiate installation.
Step 4. Fill out the information requested on the installation screen.
Any input boxes that are not filled in, as shown in Image 8., leave blank as well
Image 8. Fantastico WordPress Installation Screen
1. Installation Location: Enter your domain name without http and www. Enter only yourdomain.com.
2. Admin Access Data: Here enter your user name and your password to access login into your WordPress blog dashboard.
Make sure to use a strong username and password. Often hackers try to enter our blogs through the WordPress login and if your username and password are obvious you will make their task much easier.
3. Base Configuration: In the “Admin nickname”, I suggest you use a name that could be displayed as your author name (in your author archives). I use my first name.
Your “Admin email” should be an email through which your readers can contact you. Don’t use your own email, because the whole world will be able to see it. Rather, create an email such as firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com and forward it to your real email via the mail forwarder in the cPanel.
4. Installation: Click on Install button. The installation process will begin. Once installed a “Finish Installation” screen will pop up. Click on “Finish Installation” and the installation will be completed.
5. Login Information After the installation is finished you will be asked if you want the details of your installation to be sent to your email. You do! Enter your email address (your real email address) and let the system send you the email. Your login information will be in that email. Keep it well stored.
YOU ARE DONE!
After you install your blog on your web host enter your URL address, http://yourdomain.com in the address bar of your browser and your new blog will load up.
Your blog will have a default WordPress theme and it will look pretty simple, similar to the image below, depending on the current default WordPress theme. Don’t worry about the look. In the following WordPress tutorials I’ll show you how to customize your WordPress blog and even make it “pretty”.
Image 9. Your Newly Installed WordPress Blog
Now that you know how to install WordPress blog go ahead and install it and then you’ll be ready to rock’n’roll and become a successful blogger!
After you install WordPress, go through the WordPress Tutorial, to learn all the nitty gritty background, such as changing the look of your blog, customizing WordPress settings, learning about plugins and widgets and much much more!
OOPS! Sometimes, minor issues arise when you install WordPress. No need to panic! Head over to the tutorial which deals with these minor issues: Minor Issue After Installing WordPress Blog
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