After you have purchased a domain name and hosting plan, you need to login to the cPanel of your hosting. The URL, username, and password were all in the welcome email the host sent you when you signed up.
Once you are logged in, scroll down to the Software section, and click on the Softaculous app installer. Please note that depending on the version (and skin) of cPanel you are using, your screen may look a little different.
This panel, if you have it, allows you to jump straight to the WordPress install screen by clicking on the WordPress button. If you clicked the link in the Software section, you’ll have an extra button to click. Look for the WordPress button:
Click the Install button.
At the top of the next
screen, you’ll see this:
In the Choose Protocol box, make sure http:// is selected. You may want to switch to https at some point, but this needs something called an SSL certificate to be installed on your server. That is beyond the scope of this tutorial.
In the “Choose Domain” box, select the domain where you want to install WordPress. In the “In Directory” box, delete the pre-filled “wp” value, leaving this empty. Failure to delete this will mean your website will be installed in a sub-folder and that is not what we need.
Next, we have these settings:
Enter a name & description for your site.
Leave Enable Multisite (WPMU) unchecked.
Next, we have the Admin account settings:
DON”T use admin as your username. This is the default and will make it easier for hackers to break into your site. Change your admin username using upper and lower characters, plus numbers. Also, add a strong password.The username and password combination entered here will be used to login to your WordPress Dashboard, so make a note of them.
The “Admin email” box will set the admin email in your WordPress dashboard, and this will be used to notify you of events, like people leaving comments. By default, the language will be set to English.
Softaculous can install a useful plugin for you:
Check the box next to “Limit Login Attempts”. This is another layer of protection against hackers. Click the plus sign next to the “Advanced Options” title:
The Database Name is set to a random value. You can change this if you want to, but lets let it be for now. The table prefix should also be random. Some WordPress installation scripts will use wp_ by default, but hackers know this, and you should avoid it. Choose something random. Softaculous does generate a random prefix, so you can use the default one chosen by the installation routine.
Under these two options, you have some checkboxes. These can enable/disable features in your WordPress installation. You can mouseover the little “i” buttons to see what each option does.
Finally, enter your email address at the bottom before clicking the install button. Your WordPress login details will be emailed to you at this address when WordPress is installed.
OK, once the installation has finished, you’ll be shown something like this:
Congratulations, the software was installed successfully
WordPress has been successfully installed at:
Administrative URL: http://nsiba.com.ng/wp-admin
We hope the installation process was easy.
The first link will load your current website without structure. The second URL listed is the Administrative URL. You can click that link to log in to the WordPress Dashboard for your site. The username and password are those that you used when filling in the Admin Details a few minutes ago.
Check out your site
Go and look at your website in a web browser by typing the domain URL into the address bar, or simply clicking the link provided on completion of the installation.
You should see your WordPress site up and running. Of course, it won’t have any of your content yet and it does come pre-installed with a few web pages you’ll need to delete, but you should see the homepage displaying a “Hello World!” post. Before we configure the site, let’s just log in, and then log out again, so we know how.
You should have already bookmarked the login URL, but if not, just add /wp-admin (or wplogin.php) to the end of the URL, e.g.
You’ll be taken to the login screen:
Enter the username and password you chose when you were installing WordPress then click the “Log In” button.
I also recommend you check the “Remember Me” box so that your username and password will be automatically entered next time you log in to your Dashboard.
NOTE: If you ever forget your password, you can click the link under the login boxes to reset your password. The reset instructions will be sent to your admin email address (that’s the one you entered when installing WordPress). After logging in, you’ll find yourself inside the Dashboard.
You can have a look around but don’t go altering anything just yet. We’ll take a journey of the Dashboard and I’ll show you step-by-step, with screenshots, how to set it all up so you can have a great looking website.
Inside the Dashboard, you may have notifications telling you of some plugins or themes (and even WordPress itself) that need updating. We’ll do that in a moment. For now, let’s log out so you are clear on how to do that.
Move your mouse over the top right where it says “Hi, Yourusername”. A menu will appear:
Click the “Log Out” link. You’ll be logged out and taken back to the login screen. Good! WordPress is installed and you know how to log in and out of the Dashboard.
We have successfully installed WordPress, Logged in to the WordPress Dashboard, then logged out. We will look into the Dashboard next.