WordPress Tutorial #3
Just as you install Microsoft Word, or Photoshop or any other program on your computer, you’ll need to install WordPress in your hosting account.
There are two ways to install WordPress. Both work well. One is simpler, and the other gives you a bit more control over how WordPress gets put together. That, in turn, impacts your site’s security.
To start with, though, we’ll do it the easy way. I’ll walk you through your WordPress installation, step by step.
How to Use a “One-Click Install” Script to Install WordPress
Hosts that offer “one click installs” of WordPress or other programs use a script installer, a program that automates the process based on information you, the customer, provide. Bluehost uses one called Simple Scripts while Host Gator uses Fantastico.
Both of them look for similar information from you.
Let’s walk through the process using Simple Scripts on Bluehost.
#1. Log in to your Bluehost Dashboard
Look at the tabs along the top of the page. Select the Site Builders tab, then click Use WordPress.
Or, if you’re already on your cPanel page, scroll down to the SimpleScripts Installation section and click the WordPress icon.
#2. Choose where to install WordPress
Next you’ll see a screen that asks you to make some selections.
First, you need to choose which version of WordPress to install. You want to select the most recent stable version. Sometimes they make “beta” versions available. Those are fine for the bleeding-edge IT types, but the rest of us like the versions that are already well tested. This is one place where I certainly don’t want to be a guinea pig!
Next it will ask where you want WordPress installed. If you only have one domain name, it’ll be preselected for you.
I always like to install WordPress in its own directory, and I recommend you do too. Your directory will have the format: http://mysite.com/wordpress.
Click the Advanced Options link.
If you already have a name for your site, fill it in. Or wait until later.
The area you really want to fill in is the user name and password.
Notice it has automatically selected admin as your user name. This is not cool — it’s like leaving your front door unlocked or your keys in the ignition.
Choose a user name and a strong password. You can change your password later, but you’ll be stuck with the user name forever.
Leave the last box checked to create a new database.
Uncheck all three boxes under Step 3: Plugins and Themes. You’ll deal with those later.
Read the legal information, check that box, then click Complete.
#3. Check your Login Information
After you click the Complete button, you’ll see a new screen. It shows a progress bar as the installation takes place, and also shows you your user name and password for logging into WordPress. (They’ll email you that information as well.)
Avoid the temptation here to check out all the pretty themes. You’ll have plenty of time for that later. Right now, we just need to get WordPress installed as cleanly as possible.
#4. Log In to WordPress
Once it’s fully installed, click the link to log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Click Log In. Welcome to WordPress! You’ve done it.
Congratulations! You’re now logged in to your WordPress Dashboard. Stay tuned for a get-acquainted look at the Dashboard’s components.
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