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Well done on getting this far. You have hopefully bought a domain name and paid for your web hosting. Now, we are going to look at installing WordPress. And before we continue, just to let you know that there is a video you can watch if you need help installing WordPress.
However, please note that there are lots of blurry bits in the video which could make it a little hard to follow. Therefore, I would definitely read this section first and see if you can install WordPress without the video. Or at least only check out the video if you get lost, which you really shouldn’t.
Right, you now need to go back to your dashboard. Remember that column about products? If everything has gone to plan, you should now have an icon that looks like two hard drives on top of each other. Ignore all the other stuff, by the way, that will all come later. What I’d like you to do is hover over the icon and you should see what you can see below. Click on ‘Go to cPanel’ and a new tab will open up.
By the way, do not worry about getting anything wrong. Even if you do mess up, your domain name and your web hosting are safe. Also, don’t be too concerned if you don’t understand exactly what’s going on. If you follow the instructions and just click the buttons I tell you to click, you’ll be fine. So, relax and follow the instructions below.
Installing WordPress Using Softaculous
First of all, scroll down the cPanel page until you can see something called ‘Softaculous Apps Installer’. You should immediately see the WordPress icon (it’s blue with a big W) but if you don’t, click the arrow buttons on the right or left until you do.
You should now see a page that all about WordPress. All you have to do is click on the ‘Install Now’ button. You should now be on a new page which is where you will install WordPress. I’ve done a video for this bit. You have a few different sections here so let’s go through each one with an image to help you.
Section 1: Software Setup
Here you’ll see a few different things. The first thing you want to do is see if you can select ‘https://’. If you can’t, it will say “No SSL certificate detected” or something like that. Don’t worry if you see that message. Just select ‘http://’ instead. The SSL certificate will be installed automatically by Namecheap later. You also need to ensure that your domain name is selected. If you can’t see it, click the little down arrow and select it now.
Section 2: Site Settings
This is where you can put the name of your blog or website and its description. You can change these now if you like but it’s a bit of a distraction. Leave both those boxes as they are for now and we’ll deal with them later.
Section 3: Admin Account
This part is very important. First of all, opening up a notepad file or something similar. The information you put in this section is extremely important and you must note it down and save it somewhere.
Your ‘Admin Username’ should be something unusual. Many people just leave ‘admin’ but that will make your site more vulnerable to hackers. Also, your password must be original and difficult to guess so look for a key. Click on that and you’ll get a difficult password suggested to you. Make sure you copy down the username and password immediately.
Notice that there has been an Admin Email automatically included as well. Do not use that one as you haven’t created it yet. In fact, the best admin email to use is your normal email address as that is the one you are most used to checking on a regular basis. Make sure you change it or you may have problems later.
Section 4: Select Language
I am going to assume this is pretty self-explanatory. Leave it as English if that’s the language that you’re most comfortable using. Change it if you are more comfortable in another language.
Section 5: Select Plugins
Plugins are something we’re going to talk about later but there is one that you can add to your site now called Loginizer. This plugin limits the number of login attempts and immediately locks out someone who goes over that limit. Another reason that you need to save your login information so that you don’t accidentally lock yourself out of your own website. That would be annoying. Ignore all the other ones.
Section 6: Advanced Options
There’s lots of stuff in this section but you’ll be glad to hear that you don’t need to do anything here. So, leave everything as it is.
Section 7: Select Theme
Finally, you can choose a theme. To be honest, selecting a theme should not be done without some thought so I would leave this part alone. Don’t worry though as a default theme will be installed automatically. Later, we will change it to something better anyway, so this is just temporary.
Check to make sure that everything has been done properly. It’s not difficult to fix if it hasn’t but it is a bit of a pain. Get this all right now and it will save hassle later. Once you are sure, add your normal email address in the box below the ‘Install’ button to get sent a record of your install, and then click it the button.
Then, you should see a page saying ‘Checking the submitted data’ and a percentage number. Once it has finished, you should see a new page say, “Congratulations on successfully installing WordPress” or something like that.
Wrapping Installing WordPress Up
And that’s it! You now have a website with WordPress installed. Hopefully, you will see that ‘https://’ has already been installed and your website is secure. If it doesn’t, just be patient and it should be converted into a secure site within a few hours. You’ll know it is secure because it will have a little padlock in the address bar. Now you can move on to setting up your email accounts and forwarders.