You have just registered your domain. Your host provider has emailed your cPanel login credentials. Just install the WordPress software and there you are – ready and super excited to kickstart your blog. But there is one small problem. You have very little idea what cPanel is and what you are supposed to do with the credentials sent by the host provider team such as HostGator.
Well, installing a software is definitely not a rocket science. With cPanel, the task becomes damn easy. cPanel is a control panel with which users can manage their website(s). Starting from emails, FTP management, software health check and monitoring, databases and domains – it has everything that a blogger like me and you may need to take care of our blogs. However, this post is only about how you can install WordPress software for your registered domain using cPanel. So, I will stick to that for now.
To begin with the installation process, go to the cPanel login page. I am assuming, you have already received an email regarding your cPanel url, user name and password. If not, please contact your host provider for the details. The cPanel login page would look like this :
After logging in, it will take you to the homepage. The page will display a default theme for your WordPress blog with buttons Install Now and My Apps. Click Install Now . And WordPress will be installed.
To set up your WordPress blog after installation :
- Select the protocol you want the blog to follow from the drop down list that appears in Choose Protocol field
- Choose your registered domain
- The In Directory field would by default have wp. It’s better to erase it. Otherwise the url of your blog will end up having wp in it too. Suppose the blog’s url is supposed to be http://snoopym.com. But due to the presence of wp in the In Directory field, it eventually is showing up as http://snoopym.com/wp. So, you should keep the field blank
- Type your Site Name and Site Description in Site Settings. You can customise them anytime later on.
- Keep the Enable Multiple (WPMU) unchecked, considering the fact that you don’t want to run multiple number of WordPress sites in future using this single domain.
6. Give an Admin Username and Password.
7. You can also keep the default credentials.
8. Type an email id where any administrative notifications can be sent.
9. Choose Langauge
10. If you don’t want to restrict your login attempts, then keep the Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer) field unchecked.
You can modify the fields in Advanced Options. But in my opinion, they should be left in their default values at this stage. You can always come back to this page later and do any necessary changes if required.
Finally, put the email id where you can get the details of your WordPress site’s URL along with it’s Admin URL and other details that you have filled in during the software set up process. Now click Install.
Your installed WordPress blog(s) would appear under Current Installations. Click the url that would appear in the below table and get started your blog !
Hope this post was useful to you. Do let me know through your comments.