How to Install WordPress

WordPress logoWordPress is very popular web software used by millions of users worldwide to create dynamic and good-looking websites and blog sites. It is an open-source content management system (CMS) and blogging tool which means it is regularly updated and maintained by community of volunteers. In addition, WordPress is free. This article will guide you on how to install WordPress on a website.

There are several methods to install WordPress. However in this tutorial, I will only demonstrate procedures on how to install WordPress using Fantastico. Fantastico is a script that lets the installation of web applications on a website automatically.

Before getting started, I assume that you already have established your website. That is,

  1. You already have your domain name and web host. If you don’t have them yet, you can read What You Need in Building a Website to guide you in choosing your domain name and web host service provider. Since we will be using Fantastico throughout this tutorial, make sure that you choose a web host that has Fantastico together with cPanel platform.
  2. You already linked your domain name to your chosen web host. You may check How to Point Your Domain Name to a Web Host to guide you in giving your website its domain name.

When you’re done with these two steps above, you are at the moment able to install WordPress on your website.

1.     Firstly, log in to your cPanel or web hosting account manager.
2.     Then look for Fantastico application with an icon shown below.

Fantastico icon3.     On Fantastico’s user interface, you’ll find diverse types of web applications such as forums, blogs, e-commerce and shopping carts, wiki, content managements and more. You should go to the blogs section, as shown in red box below, and then click WordPress.

Interface of Fantastico

4.     You will immediately see WordPress’ installation set-up page as seen below. As you can see in the image below, it tells a brief description about WordPress software, latest version available to be installed, and current WordPress installation if any. Click on New Installation button to proceed.

WordPress New Installation in Fantastico

5.     WordPress installation set-up will then start and you have to fill all the required parameters.

WordPress Installation Set-up in Fantastico

  • Install on domain.Choose your domain on the drop-down menu.
  • Install in directory.The default option is to leave this field blank so that WordPress will be installed on root directory which will be accessed directly thru your domain (e.g. http://www.domain.com/). If you’re planning to make a blog site or as your website’s main program then you must leave this field empty.  You could also provide a specific directory where you want to install WordPress (e.g. blog) which will then be accessed thru a sub-directory of your domain (e.g. http://www.domain.com/blog/). You may actually put any name on this directory but most website and blog owners prefer naming it with “blog”, if you’re planning to use it as a blog.
  • Admin access data. Provide an administrator username and password for your WordPress administrative panel also known as dashboard. This will be your main login details to enter the installed WordPress on your website. Make sure to choose a password that is secure to avoid any compromise on your website’s security.
  • Base configuration. Choose an Admin nickname which you’ll use on your blog. This nickname will be used by WordPress and will be displayed when you create a blog post, leave a comment or reply to comments on your blog posts. Type an Admin e-mail address which will be used to receive notifications, log-in details and other information regarding administration of your WordPress blog. Site name is the name of your blog, and Descriptionis any phase, tagline, or brief description regarding your site.
  • When you’re certain with all the info you provided on each field, click on Install WordPress button.

6.     The installer will then verify the information you previously provided. If there’s no problem with the data you’ve entered, then click Finish Installation button. A new MySQL database and MySQL user will be made and used in the installation.

Finish Installation of WordPress in Fantastico

7.     As soon as the installation process is complete, the last page displayed is about the installation details together with configurations, username and password for your WordPress admin area, and the URL to the admin area of your WordPress installation.

Verify WordPress Installation in Fantastico

That’s it! You have just finished the installation of WordPress on your website. To test your WordPress installation, visit the URL to your admin area which is usually referred to as your dashboard, and you should see a log-in screen as shown in the image below. Type your admin username and password that you made in the previous step.

WordPress Login Screen

You should soon see the dashboard for your WordPress powered website. Below is a screen shot of how a WordPress dashboard looks like. Congratulations! You’re now using WordPress on your website.

WordPress Dashboard

Installing WordPress using Fantastico is one of the easiest and quickest methods to install WordPress on your website. You may also try other installation methods from WordPress official website with the following titles.

a.)    The Famous 5-Minute Installation
b.)    Detailed Installation Instructions
c.)    Installing WordPress in Your Language
d.)    Easy 5 Minute WordPress Installation on Windows


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