How to Install WordPress

Many of my readers have asked me if there is an easier way to install WordPress to their hosting account without using FTP. Using FTP can sometimes be a little scary as you do not want to upload files to your hosting provider just to mess up or not know what to do next. Thankfully, almost all hosting providers give you the option of using one of their custom install scripts for 1 click install of many different content management systems or CMS. Since I am a big fan of HostGator, I will be demonstrating how to install WordPress on a shared hosting account from them. If you are interested in getting hosting with HostGator, I suggest you use this hostgator coupon. Now, lets begin.

When doing my research for this article it seems that HostGator has stopped using the original script they used to install WordPress. The first script they used was called Fantastico. That only required a few clicks to get your install set up but they ditched it. Why you may ask? Well, now they use a script called QuickInstall which requires a single click to get everything set up. Without further adieu, lets get started.

  1. The first step is going to be to log into your cPanel. The log in information should have been emailed to you from your web host when you first signed up.
  2.  You now want to scroll down to the section of your cPanel that is about Software and services. You should see a clock icon that is named QuickInstall, click this.

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  3. On the left hand side, under blog software you will need to pick WordPress as your content management system of choice.

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  4. You will then see some information about WordPress, all you need to do on this screen is click on the continue button.

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  5. This is where you will fill out the application URL if you need to. This is where you want to install WordPress. If you want it to be your main site, leave this box blank!
  6. Fill out the other options available. Give an email, a blog title, first and last name and you are ready to roll.
  7. Click Install Now and WordPress will install.

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  8. If the installation was a success, you should see a box that says “Congratulations! Your installation is ready. You can access it now by going here. If there is any login information, it will have been sent to the email address you provided.”
  9. To log in, go to yourdomainname.com/wp-admin and enter in the correct information.

Once you have followed these steps you can start building out a beautiful site for everyone to enjoy. Getting this process down can be a bit challenging at first, but with the use of the QuickInstall script, it can be completed in under a minute! If you need to pick out a good host to install WordPress on, I would suggest you read over some reviews at http://hostingtavern.com for reviews to pick out the best one.

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