Installing WordPress can be a little complicated if you don’t have a clear idea of how WordPress works. So I would suggest reading my previous article on What is WordPress and How does it Work.
First, you need to understand, WordPress is not a hosting solution. It’s a CMS(Content Management System) which has to be installed on a web hosting cpanel. It’s just like installing a software on your computer. when you install WordPress on your hosting, it creates all the necessary files and databases to run the platform.
Normally when you buy a hosting they provide with a cpanel link, username, and password. Cpanel is the core place where all your website data is stored. It’s like the windows file system. In your cpanel there should be a ‘scripts’ menu.
Select WordPress from the menu. This should take you to a page like this.
Click on ‘Install’ tab. Here you will see a long setup wizard. I will show you how to perfectly fill up the details.
- The first section of the setup is called ‘software setup’. Beside ‘choose protocol’ select the protocol you want your site to appear in your browser’s address bar.
Select HTTP:// or HTTP:// www according to your choice. Choose https protocols only if you have an SSL certificate.
Beside ‘Choose Domain’ select the domain name you want the WordPress to be installed.
Leave the field ‘In Directory’ empty to setup WordPress in default root directory.
- The second section Consists of two things. ‘Site Name’ and ‘Site Slogan’. Write your desired blog name and slogan. Leave the ‘Enable Multisite(WPMU)’ field unchecked.
- The third section is the most important part. Put your desired admin username and password. Also, put a valid email address. This details will be used to access your core WordPress admin panel.
Leave the other settings as it is. Select a random theme from the bottom list. You can always change it later. Then click on ‘install’. It should not take much time to install the necessary files on your server.