How To Install WordPress

how to install wordpress

In this guide, I will be guiding you through how to install WordPress for your domain using Namecheap hosting provider. This process may be used for other hosting providers as well.

Before we began you will need to addon your domain onto your hosting provider so if you haven’t already done this you can follow our guide “How To Addon A Godaddy Domain Onto Your Namecheap Hosting Plan” If you have already added on your domain then we can begin.

Go To Your Cpanel

  1. The first thing that you need to do is log in to your hosting provider account.

2. Now that you have logged in go to Domain List which is on the left side of the screen and choose your primary domain that you used when you first signed up for a hosting account.

3. Click on Manage which is to the right of the domain 

4. Now across the top section underneath your primary domain, you will see a few tabs Domains, Products, Sharing & Transfer and Advanced DNS. Click on Products and then next to your hosting plan name to the right you will see Manage. Click on Manage.

You will now see CPanel. Click on CPanel

Installing WordPress

  1. Now that you are in your CPanel scroll down the page until you see the section called Softaculous Apps Installer and locate WordPress. Click on WordPress.

2. You will now see a blue button that says Install Now. Click on Install Now

3. Now you will see several sections including Software Setup, Site Settings, Admin Account, Choose Language, Select Plugins, Advanced Options, and select Theme. 

I will now run you through each one.

Software Setup 

The first part of this section is the version of WordPress that you want to install. The latest version will be the option already showing. You can choose previous options if you wanted to by clicking on the drop-down list.

Under the software version, you will see choose installation URL. This is where you choose the URL that you want to install WordPress on along with the protocol ie https or HTTP. 

please note that if you do not have an SSL certificate set up for your domain you will need to choose the https option failing to do this will result in your domain not working. Once you have an SSL certificate installed you can change the protocol to https. 

Site Settings

The first part of this section is Site Name. This is where you type in the name of your website

Site Description is where you can type in the description of your website. In order to install WordPress, you need to have typed something in this section. If you don’t want a site description you can delete this later once you have installed WordPress. Find out how you can delete your site description by reading our blog post “How To Change Your WordPress Website Tagline Description”

Admin Account 

Admin Username- Whatever you type in this section will be what you will need to type when logging into your WordPress panel

Admin Password – Same as your username whatever you type in this section will be what you will need to type when logging into your WordPress panel. Make sure you choose and a strong password.

Admin Email – Ideally you want to set up an email account for your website. Usually hosting providers allow at least 1 email address per website ie rather than using yahoo or Gmail. I personally think that using help or info or admin in your email is more professional than using a Gmail or Yahoo email address.

Choose Language

You have a whole list of options in this section. Whatever you choose in this section will be what shows up on your website. I do recommend using English especially if you are using .com or domains. If you are using domain ending with your country prefix ie .es then I would recommend using Spanish.

Select Plugins 

In this section, you can choose the plugin that you want to install with WordPress by ticking the box next to the plugin. I tend to leave plugin unticked and install plugins after I have installed WordPress.

Advanced Options

This section I normally skip and ignore but for the sake of this post I will go through it 

Database Name

This is the name of the database. You can change this to a more memorable name

Table Prefix 

Same as the database you can change the prefix to whatever you would like and to a more memorable name

Disable Update Notification Emails

If there is a WordPress update available and you don’t want to be notified by email you can tick this box

Auto Upgrade 

You can choose between 3 different option here 

Do not Auto Upgrade

Upgrade to Minor versions only

Upgrade to any latest version available (Major as well as Minor)

Simply click on the option that you’d like and that’s it. I tend to leave this on Do not Auto Upgrade and upgrade WordPress myself when a software update is available.

This is the same for Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugin and auto upgrade WordPress themes. I normally leave these options unticked and update them myself.

Backup location leave this as default.

Automated backups. Ideally, you want a backup done once a week but you can choose other options like once a day, once a month and customize how frequently you want the backups to be done.

Select Theme

This is where you can choose a theme for your website. If you know what type of theme that you want to use you can click on search and type in the type of theme that is ideal for your website ie if your website is going to be for photography you can type in photography and see what pops up and then click on select. 

If you don’t see a theme that you like you can check out the theme on theme forest and browse from 100’s of themes or google search what is the best theme for ……

You don’t have to choose a theme in this section but the option is there for you if you wanted to.

Now that you have filled in all the sections its time to click on Install. It can take up to 3-4 minutes for WordPress to install but usually within 30-60 seconds WordPress has installed and then when WordPress has been installed you will be redirected to another page where you’ll find your WordPress admin link which is usually wp-admin on the end of your URL ie

If this guide has helped you or if you have any questions please leave me a comment below.

lee knights

This guide was written by Lee Knights

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