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WordPress How to Install it & Configure Basic Settings

WordPress – Install in and configure the settings

WordPress powers 27% of all websites on the internet, so it’s no wonder it’s such a popular web building tool.

Trust me, if you want to easily build a website today and start blogging, then WordPress is the simplest way to get started.  All you need to do, is choose a hosting provider, register a domain name for your website and install WordPress.

The majority of Webhosts provide instructions for installing WordPress.  For this example, I am going to show you how WordPress is installed on Hostgator and Bluehost.  If you struggle at all, a quick search on YouTube should return results showing you how to install WordPress on other hosts.

 

Planning is All Important before you start

 

I don’t want to spend much time on this, but it’s important.  Have you taken the time to think about what your site is about, who you will be serving and what problem you’ll be solving?

Here are a few things you should consider doing before you build your site, remember the old saying, “Prepare to Succeed!” (Lack of planning leads to failure).

 

  • Do customer research and create avatars/personas
  • Do competitive research to see how your competitors succeed
  • Do keyword research to find out what queries to target
  • Research groups and forums to find out what questions need answering
  • Have a prototype or an idea for your product and get input before you finish it

 

Once you know what you’ve got to sell, who you will be addressing and what problems your product/service solves, then it’s much easier to plan your site before you start building it.

Create a mind-map of the customer journey and find the right tools to make it work.

So, plan before you start.  For resources to do all this planning, see our resource section.

 

Installing WordPress

 

Installing WordPress on a domain is very simple, so let’s dive right in.  To install WordPress on a domain in Bluehost, do this:

 

Create an account in Bluehost if you haven’t done so already.  Then navigate to your control panel and click on My Sites:

On the top right of the screen, click on Create Site Button

A New Window will open giving you 2 options for builders

Under the WordPress option, click on Start Building

 

Enter Admin Information like this:

 

  • Site name – what do you want your site called when people type in your site address.  It is not the URL we’re creating, just the name of the site that people will see in the top bar once logged into, or on your website
  • Site tagline – what is your site about, in one sentence
  • Click on the advanced tab – Add an email address, all your login information will be sent there
  • WordPress Admin Username – do not leave it as Admin – change it to something you will remember and write it down somewhere safe
  • WordPress Admin Password – Enter the Password you want to use for your site (some hosts create passwords automatically, with others, you create your own) make sure to make it difficult to guess, and write it down together with the username and keep it safe.

 

Finish and click next – the installer will install WordPress within a minute or two, once it completes:

Click the My Sites Tab in the left navigation menu

Hover over the site you want to manage and click on Manage Site

 In the upper right corner, click Log Into WordPress to start managing it

That’s how easy it is to install WordPress in Bluehost.  Now that we’ve finished installing it in Bluehost, let’s switch over to Hostgator and install it there too.

 

Installing WordPress in Hostgator

 

The first thing you need to do is create an account with Hostgator if you haven’t done so already.  You will probably have to sign up for a domain name first.

Once you’re in your account, navigate to and click on the cpanel link to be taken to the cpanel.  Once there, scroll down to the Softaculous WordPress Manager and click on it.

A new window opens

Click on install

A new window opens and here you can enter details just like you did previously.  With Hostgator, they automatically generate a password, so copy it and save it somewhere safe, with your username (remember to make your username memorable, but not to use Admin).

Once you’ve filled in the administrator details, you can scroll down and add some plugins if you want to, click on the i in the round box next to each plugin title to see what they do.

You can also select from a number of themes to install now, but you can skip that for now if you want to, you can always install a theme in WordPress once you login.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on install

You will then be presented with a screen congratulating you on the installation.

Your login link will be something like https://yourdomain.com/wp-admin

Let’s login for the first time and see what we need to do.

 

Log into and Configure Basic WordPress Settings

 

Your WordPress login page looks like this:

 

Enter the username, exactly as you typed it into the section when you signed up and also enter your password, exactly as you copied and saved it before.

The first thing you will be presented with when you login for the first time is the WordPress Welcome Message and the Dashboard.

The Dashboard is the first thing you will see, every time you log in from now on.  

 

Customize the WordPress Dashboard

 

To customize what you see in the dashboard when you login, look at the top right of the dashboard screen and you’ll see a button “screen options”, click on it and untick the things you don’t want to see.  Play around and personalize it the way you want it.

As you start adding plugins to your site, more options will appear in the screen options dropdown, so just tick to show or untick to hide items from the dashboard screen.

On the left side of your dashboard is a menu with everything you need to manage your website.  For now, we’re going to do some housecleaning.

By default, when WordPress is installed, some demo data is installed just to give you an idea of what you can create.  We’re going to delete the post and page that were loaded.

 

Get Rid Of Posts and Pages

 

In the left menu, click on posts, and a screen listing all your posts opens up:

Hover your mouse over the Hello World Title.  You’ll see an option to Trash the post, click on it and get rid of the post.

Next, click on Pages.  By default, during the install, WordPress Created a Sample Page and A Draft Privacy Policy Page.  Just like before, hover your mouse over each of these, and trash them.

 

Change Settings

 

Next, look in the navigation column to the left and scroll down to settings.  We’re now going to do some of the backend settings.

Click on General – set your country language, timezone and date formats and save these settings.

Click on Permalinks – look for the Radio button next to Post Name and Click it to select it.  Save changes.  We’ve made this selection, so that the title of every page and post will be added at the end of our site URL when we add content.  It’s a best Practice for SEO.

Next, we’re going to install a theme for our site.

 

Install a Theme in WordPress

 

In the left hand column, look for appearance, click on themes when the dropdown appears.  Look for a theme that will suit your type of business.  Start by typing in your business type, for example yoga, or spa, and see which themes show up. 

If you like one, have a look at the details if you want to, then click on activate and the theme will be installed for you.

 

Play around and Learn WordPress

 

All that’s left now, is for you to start writing.  To create a page, scroll up the left hand menu and click add page.  You will be presented with a new screen with editing options to start writing.

The same applies for creating a post.  Scroll to posts, click add post.  A new screen appears with options to add content to your site.

You now have a functioning WordPress website, ready for you to share your knowledge with the world.

For more instructions of what to do with your new site, join my WordPress Standard Course which will be ready in February of 2022.

 

Conclusion

 

WordPress is the easiest tool to use in order to create a website.  The majority of webhosts make it easy to install.  Hopefully your learnt how easy it is from this post.  If you get stuck with anything at all, you’re welcome to reach out and get help from me.

I will be creating 3 courses which will be ready for enrolment in February 2022.  These will be Basic, Standard and Advanced WordPress Courses.

Feel Free to come have a look and enrol yourself or family members who want to take their WordPress skills to the next level.

 

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Alistair is a Digital Marketer with varied interests. For Digital Marketing Services - visit www.vermaakmarketing.com.

On this site, Alistair shares marketing tips, tricks and hacks and offers some courses to help people get started online. He is also an avid Home-brewer and enjoys making beer, wine and fermented foods.

He is a spiritual practitioner and has built his belief system around Buddhist Principles. He offers messages to those in need through Astrology and Tarot Readings.

He cooks, creates vegan proteins and mean vegan dishes for his family, keeping them all on a low carb diet. To further help keep the family healthy, he uses natural home remedies for optimal health.

When he's not working or taking care of the family, he can be found tinkering with the background code and blueprints for chatbots, quizzes, landing pages, woodworking and playing djembe drums.

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