WordPress is an open source content management system (CMS) for publishing and blogging, fully featured with plugins and themes options to enhance its functionality. As you become more familiar with WordPress and its great features, you’ll discover that WordPress isn’t a tool for mere blog publishing but an easy platform to build feature-rich websites. Aside being a free software, WordPress features an attractive user-friendly interface. Did I mention this? WordPress is very easy to install. You don’t need to seek for professional WordPress installation service to have your WordPress blog set up.There are two methods to get WordPress installed:
- Manual Installation of WordPress script
- Automated Installation of WordPress script
Various tools can be used through web host cPanel to carry out automated installation. Among the popular tools are:
This blog post contains pictorial tutorial on easy WordPress installation via softaculous. Softaculous is software tool put in your web host account cPanel by your web host provider to enhance automatic installation of various publishing application, software and content management system on your website domain.
Most web hosting companies allow one click WordPress installation through their control panel (cPanel). In this article, I’ll show you how to install WordPress script on business/personal site or blog through automated process with Softaculous
Before you start the WordPress installation process, make sure you get the followings handy:
- Domain name: Choose the domain name you want to use for the WordPress installation. To do this, my article here provides insight on how to choose the best domain name for you business.
- Web host: Purchase appropriate web hosting account to get your WordPress site/blog accessible to global internet users. The web host companies provide the disk space for your WordPress installation on their servers.
- Site Name and Site description: You can use keyword and niche research to come up with suitable and profitable niche. You can craft the keywords to make good site title and descriptions. Check my blog post on simple ways to start internet marketing advertising.
- WordPress username and password: These data will be used to access, manage, control and update your website/blog via the WordPress admin control panel
Now tighten your belt and follow the following easy steps to install a WordPress application for your blog within your web host cPanel with softaculous script.
WordPress Installation Step 1
Login to your web host account control panel with the login information provided by your web host provider.
WordPress Installation Step 2
WordPress Installation Step 3
After clicking on “softaculous icon” in step 2 above, you’ll be directed to softaculous page containing the available scripts for blogging, forum, shopping cart, form builders and other software provided by your web host. Our target is to install WordPress, so click on the WordPress icon as shown in the picture below. This takes you to WordPress installation page within your web host control panel where you can start secure WordPress installation for your blog or website.
WordPress Installation Step 4
Here, softaculous present you with the WordPress software set up form. Fill the form as explained in the followings:
- software setup
- Database and site settings
- Admin Account settings
- Language settings
Software set up
- choose protocol: If your site has SSL, change the default option ‘http’ to ‘https’. If you don’t understand what SSL or protocols mean, don’t worry, just leave the default value as it is ‘http://’. Ok!
- Choose domain: The drop-down contain the list of available domain and sub-domains you own on your web host server, select the domain or sub-domain on which you want to install the WordPress.
- In directory: If you desire to install the WordPress in the main domain, leave this empty. In this case, your WordPress blog will be accessed on “http://www.example.com”. If you have a site on your main domain and wish to install WordPress in a directory (sub-folder) of that domain, type the name of the directory in the box provided. If you leave wp for instance, your WordPress will be in the directory “http://www.example.com/wp. If you want your WordPress installation on a directory named blog, type blog in place of wp and the WordPress path will be “http://www.example.com/blog. If you haven’t built a website on your main domain, I recommend you leave this space empty so that your WordPress installation could be on “http://www.example.com”.
- Database name: Your WordPress installation requires database. Input the name you want to attribute with the WordPress installation database. You might leave the default value or change the name to suit your taste. Don’t crack yourself about the name to choose, no one will see it and has no effect on your website performance or SEO.
Database and Site settings
In this section, you can create settings for your site. The section includes
- Table Prefix
- Site name
- site description
- Multisite option
- Table Prefix: You can leave this default value or just make small change to improve the security of your WordPress database. For example, say “xtuwp_” instead of default “wp_”
- Site name: Key in the title of your blog in the “Site Name” field. The site name is usually displayed at the top side of your blog. Though, this can be changed later, it is important you change the default value “My blog” to your blog name to prevent your site being indexed by search engine as “My Blog”.
- Site description: This is the place to insert your website/blog description. This should describe the category or niche your blog belongs and topic it covers. As in 2 above, change the default value “My WordPress Blog”
- Enable Multisite (WPMU): This feature allows you to enable multisite option for your WordPress. WordPress multisite allows users to manage more than one sites via a single WordPress dashboard. I recommend you enable this feature by ticking the box provided so that things could be easy by the time you run network of niche blogs.
Admin account settings
You set your admin username and password as well as the admin email address
- Admin username
- Admin password
- Admin email
- Admin username: Enter your desired username for your WordPress installation management. This username is exclusive for the WordPress installation setup. To improve the security of your WordPress blog/website and ensure secure WordPress installation, don’t use “admin” as your username. I think I’ve repeated this: “Dont use ‘Admin’ as your username”
- Admin password: Insert your password. This password will be used to access your WordPress blog dashboard area where administrative updates or changes could be made. It is important to use a strong, secured password. Strong password contains various characters (alphanumeric) as well symbols. Ensure your password strength is close to maximum score line of 100
- Admin email: Input the email address that you wish to serve as corresponding contact for all WordPress updates and changes.
Then, choose the language for your WordPress installation from the drop-down. Your WordPress admin panel will be configured with the selected language. As you are reading this post, I guess you’ll leave the default value “English” as your preferred installation language for your WordPress blog.
Select Plugin: If you have this option, leave the box blank. The plugin is used for securing worddpress from login scam. Later when you have mastered WordPress dashboard, you can easily choose login security plugin you like. For now, leave it empty. Then click on advance settings.
- Disable update notification: Leave the box blank so that you receive notification by email when there is update or change to your WordPress installation.
- Auto upgrade: Leave this box empty as well, to prevent your WordPress installation from being updated automatically. Automatic WordPress update installation may pose problems from incompatible themes and plugin. It is better to stand for upgrade when it is available.
- Automated backup: Change this field to Enable backup. You need to create backup for your WordPress blog/website on your server. With the installation via softaculous, backup is created for your data and files as often as the frequency you selected.
- Backup rotation: The number you put here depends on how many backup you want to have on your server, your blog update frequency as well as your web server disk space. Some web host offer unlimited disk space, so you don’t need to worry about disk space if you choose one of such web hosting companies. When the backup reach the number you input, the system will delete the oldest backup of your WordPress sites to accommodate a new backup.
- Install: Click on the install button to install your WordPress.
- Email notification: Leave the field empty unless you want WordPress installation detail to be sent to an email other than the one you specified in the admin account settings above.
Once you click install button, wait for the confirmatory message that your WordPress installation is successful.
Happy WordPress installation. It is now clear that you don’t have to an expert to have professional WordPress installation on your blog. Do you have any idea on how to establish easy WordPress installation or any comment? Feel free to make use of the comment box below to share your experience and knowledge.