Basic Tutorial #3:
How to Install WordPress
WordPress Tutorial #3
We’ve learned that WordPress is the foundation for our online website “house.” That’s great. Now how do we make it work?
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.
Popular installers include Softaculous, Plesk, and Fantastico. They all look for similar information from you.
Let’s walk through the process using Softaculous.
#1. Log in to your Hosting cPanel
Scroll down until you see the list of AutoInstallers, and select WordPress.
#2. Click the Install Tab
#3. Software Setup
In the Software Setup section, you’ll have three choices to make in order to install WordPress.
Protocol gives you a choices of whether you want a secure web address (https:// instead of http://) and whether you want the default URL to include www. before the domain name.
The default is https://, and that’s your best choice.
Then type in your domain name.
For the Directory, most often you’ll leave it blank. That way, you’ll be installing WordPress in the root (https://yoursite.com, instead of something like https://yoursite.com/wordpress).
#4. Site Settings
Enter the name of your site here, along with the tagline. If you haven’t decided on a name or tagline yet, that’s okay. You can change them later.
If you have to ask what Multisite is, you don’t need it, so leave the box unchecked.
#5. Admin Account
Here you select the username and password you want to assign to the administrator of the account (that’s most likely you).
Do not use admin as the username — that’s the first place hackers will try to break in. Instead, choose something that identifies you. Note that the username will show up publicly, so don’t choose something that’s extremely private or that you want to keep secret.
Your password should be strong – and WordPress will show you a grade! I would not settle for this one, it’s too weak.
To find a strong, random password, use the online password generator here, and choose a password that’s at least 12 characters long — 16 characters is better.
If you prefer to make up your own password, do not use a password that you use anywhere else on the web, and make it appear to be a random collection of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and symbols.
#6. Choose Your Language
Select your preferred language from the dropdown box (for most of us, that will be English).
#7. Select Plugins and Theme
I recommend skipping both of these. If you follow my recommendations on the plugins I always install, you’ll be able to limit login attempts that way. And for a theme, you’ll likely want a premium theme from StudioPress or Astra Themes.
#8. Advanced Options
It’s safe to skip this step and accept the defaults.
#9. Click the Install Button
Click Install, and follow any further prompts that pop up.
#10. Log In to WordPress
Once it’s fully installed, click the link to log in to your WordPress dashboard.
Fill in the username and password you selected, and click Log In.
Welcome to WordPress! You’ve done it. You’ll find yourself inside your WordPress dashboard. It will look something like this.
Do you have a question about installing WordPress? Ask me here.