Installing WordPress is a simple process that takes less than five minutes to complete.
The DIY install instructions are below (Or you can ask your hosting provider nicely to install it for you – they usually do it for free!)
The easiest way to install WordPress is when you host with Bluehost. With Bluehost, you are able to install WordPress with one click, just by going to ‘My Sites’ and then ‘New’ and they do they rest for you in a matter of seconds.
If you aren’t hosting with Bluehost, then the second easiest and quickest way to install WordPress is through Softaculous, a popular auto-installer. It allows you to easily install popular web applications like WordPress with just a few clicks. Good hosting use Softaculous in their control panel.
Simply login to your Control Panel (or cPanel for short) account – your hosting company would have provided this information when you signed up to host your website.
1. Go to your control panel URL. Example: blogname.com/cpanel
Login with your username and password.
Look for Softaculous icon or WordPress installer icon. You will find them under Auto Installers section.
- Clicking on any of these icons will launch Softaculous auto-installer for WordPress. First you will see an overview of WordPress. You need to click on the Install tab to continue.
Softaculous will now ask you where you want to install WordPress.
It’s up to your personal preference if you would like http://www or http:// – It doesn’t matter which one you choose but you will have to remember it as this will be your proper URL.
After that, you need to choose the domain name where you want to install WordPress. Most users want to install WordPress in their domain name (like example.com) In that case, you need to make sure that the ‘In Directory’ field is blank.
Scroll down a little, and you will see the site settings section.
Under this section, first you need to provide a title and description for your WordPress site. Don’t worry you can easily change this later.
Next, you need to choose an admin username, password, and email address.
Make sure that you enter the correct email address in the admin email field. This is where WordPress will send notifications and password reset link if you ever forgot your password.
The rest of the options on the screen are optional. You can now click on the install button to run the installer.
Softaculous will run the installer using the settings you provided. You will see a progress bar with installation status. It will take a couple of minutes, do not close the window until the progress bar reaches 100% otherwise, this may affect your WordPress installation.
You will see a success message after the installation is finished. It will also show you a link to your website and another link to your WordPress admin area.
To login to your website dashboard place /wp-admin on the end of your domain, for example: https://www.blogname.com/wp-admin
And that’s it, you’ve successfully installed wordpress.org!