Installing WordPress is a very popular choice amount new webmasters as well as seasoned professionals. This is because WordPress is both trusted, and easy to understand as a content management system or CMS. There are many high trafficked websites that are run off of WordPress and it is further chosen as a CMS of choice because of its security standards. If you follow this general guide, you will have your WordPress installed on your web hosting account in less than 5 minutes.
Because of 1 click install scripts that come standard on many hosting accounts now days, WordPress can be installed simply, quickly and efficiently. For this demonstration, we will be using a hosting account from HostGator.
To begin installing WordPress, you will need to log into your control panel of your web hosting account. Go to the email that you used to sign up with your provider to get the log in details that are necessary. Look for a box that talks about the name servers of the account. In the picture below, you can see the name servers of this particular account that is run by a friend.
Write down these two name servers that you will see here. You will need them to direct your domain name that you should have purchased to your hosting account. If you have not done that, then please read the tutorial provided here. Once you have that all set up, you can continue reading this guide on how to install WordPress.
When your domain is pointed to your web hosting account, you have just completed the first step. There is no website currently on your hosting account but this is where the WordPress install comes in. Log back into your hosting control panel and find the software or services section. This is where the simple scripts are kept that will help you install content management systems in as little as one click. Depending on what your host has, they will either have Fantastico, which has an icon as a smiley face, or QuickInstall.
For this how to, we are using Fantastico. Select the script from the menu. When the script is running, you will need to click new installation from the left hand sidebar.
Once you have clicked on new installation, you need to select the domain that you want to install WordPress on. Remember to leave the install in directory box cmpletly blank. If you do not do this, your install will be placed on a subdomain. Then come up with a username and password that will be used to log onto your site to add content and materials. Make sure you come up with a password that is hard to figure out. Make use of upper and lowercase letters as well as numbers and symbols which will further solidify your security of the site.
Finally, you need to enter in an email that will be used for the site as well as the site name. Once you have done these steps, simply click install WordPress and sit back and wait. The script will run and install the content management system without you having to lift a finger. All that is left is to log into your new site and add some content, images, and posts. To do this, you need to go to yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and then enter in the log in details you filled out when running the Fantastico Script.
- Sign up for a web hosting account found on the front page
- direct your domain to your hosting account
- Use the Fantastico or QuickInstall script
- Select WordPress and fill out the details
- Click the install button
- visit yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and log in to your site with your details.