WordPress starting from scratch.

Let us Begin!

WordPress is such an amazing tool it will allow you to set up a website in less than 5 minutes, however, working with WordPress can be frustrating once it’s installed you’re left with a dashboard and a default theme. I remember when I first did it I was so impressed with how easy it was to install but then I soon discovered that its a lot harder to get things right and can take hours and hours to get things looking exactly how you want them.

Getting WordPress onto your domain.

I assume that you already have a domain name and a hosting package if not then I have a guide that will show you how to do this and is available here once you have read through that and you feel comfortable to move on then we can continue.

There are many ways to install WordPress and I have found that it all does depend on your hosting, many hosting sites will provide a way to install it quickly an easily but this guide is aimed at those who have Cpanel accounts and will utilise softaculous as this is the way I do it and it works perfectly every time.

However, if you don’t have softaculous and need to install it manually then I created another post to help you, this post can be found here.

Step 1: Accessing C-Panel

I assume that you’re reading this guide because you have a hosting provider that uses c-panel to allow you to manage your site. Inside the admin page, there is a section called Software as indicated in the image below,  don’t worry if yours is a different colour   I just like the dark theme

C-Panel admin page
C-Panel admin page

Once you have located the software section select the softaculous apps installer and this will take you to the softaculous apps page.

Step 2: Using Softaculous to install WordPress

Now that you have selected the Softaculous installer you should see

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The Softaculous apps page

from here just hover over the WordPress icon and select install, this will then take you the WordPress installation screen.

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WordPress installation screen

Now that you’re here at the install we can continue to setup WordPress, select the install now button and it will take you to the WordPress configuration screen.

Step 3: Configuring WordPress prior to installing.

Ok so we are nearly there the following screenshots will show you the steps needed to configure the installation.

wordpress config page
the first WordPress config page

This part shows the current version, site protocol, and domain these will be filled in automatically and ensure you DELETE ‘wp’ from the ‘in directory’ section and just leave it blank, this is so the WordPress files are installed in the correct locations on the server if you forget to do this it can cause problems later.

Next, we need to complete the site settings.

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WordPress site settings section

Simply fill in the site name and description and these will be displayed as the title and site description in the header.

now the important part it is essential that whatever you enter in these boxes you can remember or make a note of as these are your credentials to access the WordPress dashboard after installation completes.

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Admin section of the WordPress configuration page

Enter a username, a password, and an email address and can I please reiterate that you make a note of them but if you do forget them I have another post on how to change your credentials here.

Now select the language you require.

wordpress language section
WordPress language section

The next section can be ignored just leave the plugin section unticked and the advanced options as their defaults

wordpress plugins section
The WordPress plugins section

Finally, we need to select a default theme this is entirely up to you if you already have one in mind you can use this section to install it together with the WordPress installation however if you don’t select one it will install the default theme.

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theme selection of the WordPress configuration page

all that’s left to do is to press the install button and WordPress will then be installed on your domain.

Congratulations your site will now have an installation of WordPress you can view this by typing in your domain name in your browser.

Now what’s next, well I have also written a post about what to do after you’ve installed WordPress or if your ready to select a theme check out this section of themes for a comprehensive list to suit your needs.

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