It’s time for your second lesson in A Primer on Publishing with WordPress! I hope you found lesson one informative and now have a better understanding of how easy it can be to use WordPress to publish your own content online.
In this lesson, we are going to talk about the easiest way to install WordPress and how to access your WP-admin area so that you can begin customizing your new website!
First, let’s start off by talking about how to install WordPress.
Before WordPress entered the scene it took a lot of work and coding to build a website one page at a time, but now you can literally have your website up, fully functional and looking good in just a couple of hours.
I’m assuming for the sake of this course you already have a Web hosting account. If you don’t, don’t worry it won’t take you long to get one. My first recommendation would be to GoDaddy, but there are many other options available you can find them by doing a quick search online.
Okay, the first step to installing WordPress is to log into your web hosting account. Once you’re logged in, you will need to navigate to your cPanel, and then to Applications.
The next step is to find WordPress among the list of available applications – although it’s usually top of the list and easy to spot.
After clicking on the WordPress, choose “new installation” (terminology depends on the host of course). This will take you to a page asking for you to input a few details.
It will ask you:
- What domain do you want to install WordPress on?
If you happen to have multiple domains hosted on the same account you will see them all listed there. Simply click on the drop-down menu and choose the domain you are working with.
- What directory do you want to install WordPress in?
You can choose to install WordPress in your main directory. In that case, you just leave this box empty. Or you can install it in a subdirectory for instance; blog, members, subscribers, etc. Don’t worry you don’t have to set up the directory yourself, WordPress will do that for you.
- What login (Admin access data) information do you want to use?
This is the information that you will use to log into your WordPress dashboard. It is a good idea to make it different from your Cpanel login information.
- What Admin nickname do you want to use?
This is the name that will appear on all your posts. You can choose to use your own name as the author or you can use a nickname, such as; admin, support staff, CEO etc.
- What is your email address?
This is the e-mail address where you receive all your notifications from your WordPress blog. It is important to use one that you check regularly.
Don’t worry it won’t be posted on your website for everyone to see.
- Your website name.
This is simply the name of your website. For instance; Jimmy’s Seafood Grill. This will be displayed in the header of your new blog.
This is just a brief description or tagline that describes what people will find on your website. It will be displayed under your website name.
Now that you have finished importing all of the basic information all you have to do is click “install WordPress” and this will finish the installation.
WordPress will e-mail you a copy of your installation details. Make sure you keep this in a safe place along with all of your login information just in case needed in the future.
Now let’s talk about accessing your WordPress dashboard.
Well done, you have WordPress completely installed on your website, now it’s time to log in to your dashboard and begin customizing your website.
If you installed WordPress on your main directory you will simply go to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. There you will enter your admin username and password that you created to log into your dashboard.
If you installed it in a different directory you will go to www.yourdomain.com/directoryname/wp-admin.
Now you can begin customizing your new WordPress website. Everything you need to know about changing the look and feel of your site is found inside your WordPress admin area. You will also be able to post your content, change your themes and add in Plugins to make your website more functional.
That’s it for today’s lesson. In your next lesson, we will be talking about changing your WordPress theme and adding in your Plugins so that you can look good and work great!
Again, I appreciate your joining me for this series. If you have any questions or need any assistance please feel free to contact me at any time. I will be glad to help!