Installing WordPress on Your Domain

In our previous article we looked at all the different materials you would need to gather together and get ready to actually make your website in WordPress. In this article, we are actually going to install WordPress on our hosting account!

Yay!

This means that after all the preparation we’ve been through, our website is actually going to take form right in front of our eyes!

Excited?

All right then, let’s begin!

Simple Scripts – The Easy Way to Install WordPress

As we saw before, using WordPress as a CMS (Content Management System) for your website makes the most sense for any writer. We’ve also had a quick look at how to choose your hosting account.

Now, most hosting accounts will give you the ability to install WordPress on your domain. Truly, its nothing to be scared of. All you have to do in this case is log into your hosting account and search for Simple Scripts in your cPanel.

Simple Scripts is exactly what it says it is – it runs a bunch of code right on your server and automates a variety of tasks, primarily installing a CMS package onto your domain.

Step-By-Step

Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Click on Simple Scripts in your cPanel.
  2. Choose WordPress from the various CMSes available.
  3. Select your domain name from the list
  4. Click on ‘Advance Options’ and provide a username and password (if you don’t, then one will be automatically generated for you)
  5. Check the box marked ‘I accept the Terms and Conditions’
  6. Click the ‘Install’ button
  7. Write down the login details that populate on the next screen so you have a record and save those details somewhere safe
  8. Click on the links, both for your website and for your admin login
  9. Check out the basic website template and smile 🙂
  10. Log into your WordPress website and admire the dashboard page

Yup!

That’s exactly how simple it really is!

Of course, there are some of us who would also like to see all this happen in real time. So for us visual learners out there, click here to watch a video of this process on YouTube.

Simple and Easy

If you’ve gone through the video, you know how simple and easy the installation process is. If you are a first timer, then I suggest that you take your time and watch the video a couple of times, and keep it open in a tab of your browser while you do go ahead with your install of WordPress. This way, you can quickly refer to the video for each step.

If you ask me though, it isn’t all that difficult to do.

What’s Next?

Once you’ve installed WordPress on your domain, you are ready to begin making your website dream into reality! The next few articles will cover the various aspects involved in this process, so get ready to use all the materials you’ve got ready.

In the interim, I would suggest writing the content of your website’s various pages in a MS Word Document. WordPress makes it terribly easy to just copy-paste your content (including bullets, styles and web links) right from your MS Word Document, so it’ll come in handy for moving quickly through those steps.

(18 March 2013)


Madhavi spends her time writing web content and helping people make websites. She regularly blogs www.madhavighare.com and shares her thoughts about web writing and WordPress. She also explores her ardent fascination with myths and symbols via the Tarot cards on her blog www.taroticallyspeaking.com

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