Install WordPress or other software

Web pages are most often run by some sort of software. Wordpress is probably the most popular and the one you are most likely to install, here's how.

Log into your domain management panel:

cpanel login

Your login details are in the welcome email you should have received. If you can't find it, lodge a support ticketand it will be resent

Don't be intimidated by all the offerings in cpanel, it can be overwhelming. Also be careful you could break the internet...well, maybe just your kidding.

You are looking for the Web Applications section near the bottom. Find the icon for WordPress blog and click it.

Wordpress icon

You will come into the WordPress introduction page. Click install this application

wordpress install buttoin

Next you come to quite a long page of options. Take your time, read the key below the image.

wordpress options

These are just my suggested settings, you are welcome to do whatever you like that works for you.

  1. This is the domain that will be using WordPress. If you have more than one domain, make sure you choose the right one.
  2. You might be installing it in a directory of its own e.g. blog (which will likely be the default), but you likely should delete what is there and leave it blank so your domain goes straight to the blog. It will warn you if there are files already there...choose wisely.
  3. You can pretty safely leave this whole section alone.
  4. This is the username you use to log into the dashboard, the default will be some ugly looking random username. This is to stop you using admin - don't do it, that is the user that hackers try first. Either use the suggested name or a good easy to remember username like your first name with the first letter of your last name e.g. Hillary Clinton would be hillaryc
  5. It will suggest a password like the one shown. That is an example of a good password. Yes, it is hard to remember so feel free to change it, but if you make an easily guessable password, you will regret it. Trust me on this.
  6. It will pre-fill your email from your 123host account. If it is not right you can change it.
  7. Now we are getting to the good stuff. What is the title of your blog? You can change this later in the dashboard, so don't get hung up on it.
  8. And a tag line. Again, don't sweat it. You can change it, but also keep in mind that a lot of themes don't display the tagline.
  9. I recommend choosing 'yes'. People will try to hack into your site, it is guaranteed. This option will install a plugin (more on plugins here) that is reported to not work 100% perfectly, but if it works 50% of the time, that's good enough for me.
  10. Choose "let me manage these settings" but the only one we are interested in is the Backups
  11. I have lost count of the number of people who have regretted not making regular backups, so this option is great. The frequency of backups will depend on how often you update your blog. If you update once a month, monthly is fine using the bottom option. If you update several times a day, then backup daily + weekly + monthly. For most people once a week + once a month is perfect. The rule of thumb is "how much are you willing to lose if something goes horribly wrong?" Also see the page about backups
  12. Time to do it! Install. The rest is easy

You will be taken to a screen with information about the install and you will receive an email with login details.

The important bits are the admin URL (usually yourdomain/wp-admin) the username and password

Now you need to make it look great and start adding content. That's all beyond the scope of this tutorial, but there is tonnes and tonnes on the web. Google it.

Get blogging already!

Stuck? Lost? Apped out? Lodge a support ticket

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