We have previously talked about installing WordPress on your localhost. Also we have introduced you to web hosting. Now let’s see how to install and setup WordPress on the WebHost. I assume you have purchased web space i.e webhosting based on a linux server. And that you have access to the cPanel on your webhosting account. If you have no idea what it all means then please check out my previous article here. Usually a Linux based cPanel can be found at cpanel.your-domain.com or your-domain.com/cpanel. If you have problems accessing cPanel, let us know in the comments below and we’d be happy to help you out.
Inside the cPanel – Script Installer
Once you’re in the cPanel. Find the Softaculous Apps Installer. Check the screenshot below –
Choose WordPress and a new screen will show up. If you are wondering what’s softaculous then here’s a brief info – Softaculous is basically a script installer. There are a variety of CMS (content management system) available like Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, etc. Without softaculous, you would need to download the open source package for that particular CMS and upload it to your server manually using FTP (file transfer protocol). But with softaculous, you can do that with few mouse clicks. On the new page click on the install button which is usually in blue color. And then you’ll be asked to enter the installation details.
First, let me list down the options which you shouldn’t change – (you can, if you know what you’re doing).
- Choose Protocol (keep it http://)
- Database Name
- Table Prefix
- Enable Multisite (WPMU)
Now let’s talk about the things which you’ll need to change –
Choose Domain By default, the correct domain would be selected (provided you just have one domain on your server). Here you just have to select the correct domain name where you want to install WordPress. In my case, I have chosen thecuriousengineer.org
In Directory I don’t want to install WordPress at thecuriousengineer.org but at thecuriousengineer.org/wlab address. So I will need to specify the directory name as wlab. If, however, I wanted to install it at thecuriousengineer.org which is the root directory then I would leave the In Directory field empty.
Change the Site Name and Site Description according to your wish. Also change the Admin Username, Admin Password and Email according to your preference.
Note: If at all you forget your WordPress username or password then this post can help you out. If there are any additional options like language, advanced options, login notifications, etc then I would recommend you to keep them on their default values and not to touch them if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once you’re done filling up the installation details, just hit the install button. And WordPress will be installed in the directory which you specified in the installation details.
I can find my admin dashboard at thecuriousengineer.org/wlab/wp-admin. You can find it at your-domain.org/wp-admin if you had left the “In Directory” field empty. Just use the login credentials which you used while installing WordPress and you’ll be logged into your fresh WordPress website.