Install WordPress in 5 Smart Steps
In my last article titled, "5 Smart Steps to Getting a Website," I shared information about the initial steps to take to get a website. Hopefully, you were able to use that information to determine the type of website that you want, choose a Web hosting company, and select a hosting plan. Now that you’ve accomplished all this, you’re ready for the next steps in becoming the owner of a professional website. In this follow-up article, I describe how to install the WordPress program on your website.
Web hosting companies provide extensive instructions and documentation on how to use their services. However, this information can be overwhelming for beginners. Therefore, this article serves to simplify and assist you as you follow the instructions provided to you by your hosting company. Although Web hosting companies offer different Web hosting services, their platforms are very similar. As a result, you will find that the steps below can be applied to most Web hosting companies.
Let’s assume that you now have a domain name and a hosting plan. You also have access to the cPanel of your hosting plan. The cPanel contains sections that typically include account settings, e-mail, domains, software, applications, and files. Once you’re into your cPanel, you will follow the steps below to install your WordPress application.
1. Your first step in the cPanel should be to set up a File Transfer Protocol (FTP), which enables you to transfer files between your computer and your website. Most Web hosting companies offer more than one FTP option. However, I’m partial to FileZilla because I like the interface and it’s easy to use.
2. The next step is to set up your e-mail accounts. The number of e-mail accounts that you are allowed is determined by the hosting plan that you selected. Most hosting plans allow at least one administrative e-mail account. When naming your e-mail accounts consider what elements of the website each e-mail will be applied to. For example, decide if you want the administrative email (example: email@example.com) applied to the contact form, or would a team e-mail (example: firstname.lastname@example.org) be a better choice.
3. The next step requires you to install the software that will allow you to run the applications. In the software section, select an application called Softaculous Apps Installer. This software application enables you to install numerous applications, including WordPress.
4. Your next step is choosing the application that will be used to run your website. From the Softaculous dashboard, you will select the WordPress application. As you will see, cPanel offers a load of applications to choose from. The WordPress platform is widely used in the industry and is very easy to use. If you run into any issues using the application, you can always find help online. My go-to place to get video instruction is YouTube where I’ve compiled a collection of great free videos from experts in the Web development field. Check it out for yourself on the Diane Penny Web Design YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel to continue to get some of the best teaching videos in the industry.
5. Now that you’ve installed WordPress, the next step is to select a theme for your website. From the Softaculous dashboard, scroll down to Current Installations and click on the Admin icon next to your domain URL. This will take you to your WordPress dashboard. From the WordPress dashboard menu, select “Appearance” then “Themes” where you will find hundreds of free and paid themes to choose from.
• Selecting a theme could become a time-consuming task. To avoid this, I suggest using the search field and type in the type of website you want. For example, type creative, healthcare, education, etc. to see options of templates for a particular type of business.
• If you prefer to only see free templates, type the word “free” in front of your search word. For example, type “free creative” to see free templates for creative type websites.
Now that you’ve installed the WordPress application and your theme, you’re ready to start building your website. But, before that happens you will need to install some plugins which will make building your website a breeze and add awesome functionality. My next article will provide information on the plugins that you’ll need and how to install them.
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