Installing WordPress is pretty simple and easy. It takes a few clicks of a mouse and a few keystrokes and it’s done. Now, this is assuming you are on a cPanel hosting and they have the software Softaculous installed. This allows the simple and easy installation of many apps, such as WordPress.
The first thing you need to do is log into your cPanel account. This info will be provided to you from your hosting company. It’s basically yourdomain.com/cpanel. Enter in the cPanel username and password and you are in.
In cPanel look for the icon called Softaculous App Installer. Some host may have one call Installatron. Most have Softaculous. When you see it, click on it. It will take you Softaculous software center basically.
Once you are in, you should see WordPress in the first icon you see under top scripts. (it is the most popular software for a website). If not, on the left side under blogs, click on that and WordPress will be the first one listed. Click on the blue Install button to begin
Choose Protocol – Select the https:// option if you have an SSL installed or will be installing one shortly.
Choose Domain – If you only have one domain, then that is all you will see. If you have other domains on this hosting account, please be sure to select the correct domain.
In Directory – By default, you may see wp in here. If so, you can remove it. If you leave it blank, it will then install into the root folder of the publci_html. Which means it will load up using your domain name. Now if you want to install it a directory you can. So whatever you type in there is what you will enter after your domain name. So if you typed in wptest, when it installs, you would access it via your browser using yourdomain.com/wptest
Site Name: here is where you can enter in the name for your website. You can leave it and change it later in WordPress or you can set it now
Site Description: This is usually a brief line or slogan about your site. Once again, you can leave, change or do it later in WordPress.
Admin Username: Default is admin. CHANGE THIS!!! never use the default username and password. Doing so will get your website hacked…GUARANTEED.
Admin Password: Same as above. Don’t use it and change it to something difficult but something you will remember
Admin Email: Here you can enter in your email address you want to use.
Select language: Choose your desired language you want to use. The default is normally English
Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer): Checking this box installs a plugin that limits login attempts. This is great to stop bots from brute force attempts to log into your WP site. But I have seen this cause issues for users trying to log in. I do not use it.
Advanced Options: I do not change anything under these settings. You can leave them as is
Select Theme: You can choose to use a different theme. I leave it as is. Once you are in WordPress, you have many more options to choose from. I suggest to leave it.
Once that is done, click on the blue Install button. This will install WordPress for you.
To log in into your WordPress backend, you can click on the link on the screen. In future, to access WordPress you would use yourdomain.com/wp-admin and the username and password you created.
Now that you are logged into your WordPress, there are a few things I always do to configure WordPress. This is optional, and there is no right or wrong way. This is all personal preference.
On the left side (menu) click on Posts.
Remove the Hello World post Put your mouse over the text and then more options will appear. Click on Trash
Click on Pages
Do the same, and remove the sample page. There is also a Privacy Page. This comes standard now for WP. Its up to you if you want to keep or remove this page. I keep it.
Click on Appearance
It should take you to themes. Remove any themes you are not using. Always remove themes you are not using or needing. Put your mouse over the theme and click on theme details. Then in the bottom right in red text is the delete option. If that is missing, then you are trying to delete the current active theme, or a child theme that means it is in use.
Click on Plugins
The 2 default plugins are Akismet Anti-Spam and Hello Dolly. I do not use these plugins so I remove them. A quick way to remove them both is the top square box. That will highlight all the plugins. Then from the drop-down menu select delete. Then click on the apply button, then OK.
Click on Users
What I like to do here, is have one Admin account with a secure/difficult username and password.
Then I make a general one for myself to use on an everyday basis. I like to have a backup account just in case I need to log in. This is totally optional. As long as you are not using or have the admin account.
Click on Settings
General – Here is where you can adjust some info like your site name, timezone etc.
Everything else under settings option is up to the end person. I don’t really change much here.
The only other thing I suggest to change is under the permalinks option.
Click on permalink, then click on custom structure.
Remove everything in the white text box
Then click on the category and postname button below. it should look like this /%category%/%postname%/
Then click on save changes
I like this setup as it makes the URL for your website look much better. Give is a natural looking path/format. it also helps for your SEO as well.
Now, (in my opinion), your site is ready to go. You can add themes, plugins and content to your site. Have fun and Happy WordPressing!!