WordPress is Content Management System and Blogging Platform which is favorite for its ease. Whenever new users came to know about the features of WordPress, they get surprised. WordPress is known for its ease of installation which is quick and straightforward. This is Ultimate Guide to WordPress Installation and its Configuration.
Almost all famous web hosting companies allow you to install WordPress on your hosting server with just simple 1 Click, also provide a guide to WordPress installation. Installation of WordPress includes no rocket science but few straightforward steps which can be done within five minutes.
In this blog post, I am primarily concentrating on the installation of WordPress and its general configuration. I will explain WordPress installation through Cpanel Softacolous which is the best and fast way of installing WordPress on your hosting.
Essential Things You Need to Know Before Installation of WordPress
There are several things which called as a prerequisite. Prerequisites are always mandatory.
Domain Name (Generate A Catchy Domain Name)
First of all, you will need a domain name which can be purchased from Namecheap and Namesilo (many other companies but I suggest Namesilo, which is the best company for the domain name system. Namesilo provides almost all LTD’s at a low price from the market.
Namecheap is also good for the purchasing a domain name. But their dashboard is so massive to load that’s why I suggest you go for the NameSilo.
Hosting (List of Best Hosting Companies)
I personally use Namecheap Inc Hosting, which gives me perfect customer support. Their live chat is their key to success. If the issue is minor or massive, I have never faced delayed from their support. I’ll recommend you go for the Namecheap hosting.
There are a lot of more hosting companies who provide hosting services few of them are Bluehost, SiteGround, A2Hosting, InMotion Hosting and Ipage. You can have their services, but I’ll recommend before going for any of them to read their reviews on google.
How to Install WordPress using Softaculous?
Here is the comprehensive guide to WordPress Installation on your host using Softaculous. Softaculous is an open source platform which provides hundreds of free scripts installation.
First of all, navigate to your cpanel (control panel of your hosting). There are three best ways to navigate to your cpanel.
#1 Direct Link to Your Cpanel
Namecheap will send you a direct link for cpanel login to your email, which will look like
To Open it, Click that link or copy and paste it into the browser and hit Enter.
#2 Access using Domain
You can access your Cpanel by typing the following URL in your browser.
Once you are entered and logged in to your Cpanel, use quick search area to find WordPress or Softaculous or scroll down to find Softaculous in the auto-installer section of the cpanel.
Click on Softaculous Apps Installer and cpanel will redirect you to another page where the Softaculous will show you a lot of scripts to install on your host.
As we want to install WordPress, you can navigate to the Blog Category or search for WordPress
Click on WordPress logo and an installation wizard will get the started where you will need to confirm your username, password, blog title, blog description and many other things for your blog. Don’t worry you can change all of them later. For the time being, you can install with rough data.
Guide to WordPress Installation Started Here
The screenshot attached here shows the #hash numbers in red color which I am explaining one by one, and It will help you to install WordPress with your desired requirements. Zoom-in the screenshot and understand it for a minute. Don’t worry if you don’t understand it just pretend for a while 🙂
Click on the blue Install Button on the top.
Now I am explaining each #hash bullet number one by one.
#1 Choose Protocol: You are required to select the protocol of your domain or website that how a browser will see your site.
If you’ve purchased SSL certificate, then go for https otherwise go for HTTP. At this stage don’t worry about http:// or http://www you can change them after the installation from the Dashboard.
Suppose You’ve selected the http://
#2 Choose Domain: Select your domain from the drop-down on which you want to install WordPress. If the domain is not listed, please add your domain as an add-on to your hosting.
#3 Directory: This is the directory on which you may want to install WordPress. That’s mean you want to install it on further directory or folder, like
www.your-domain.com/directory this is where the WordPress will get installed.
For Example, I want to create another version of my blog for UAE Countries, So I’ll install another WordPress in the directory of UAE. So, UAE is my directory name.
#4 Site Name: The name of your blog which will be shown throughout your website as well as to Google and other search engines and social media.
As I have a blog on my own name, so, I’ll call it Raheel Says
#5 Site Description: The short and comprehensive description of your website or blog which will tell the purpose or niche of your website to the reader.
For Instance, I’ve used “Learn and Go” or “Guide to Profitable Blogging.” It defines my blog, and it’s a little and short description which every user will look.
#6 Admin Username: By the help of username, anyone can find you quickly and you can login to your WordPress dashboard through this username.
Username must be without spaces, dashes and special character. Username is the unique entity of blog. Two users cannot have the same username.
#7 Admin Password: this is the password of your blog. You must keep it strong and unique. You can also use password generators online but to make a strong password follow these three steps.
1. Use special characters in your password.
2. Use numbers and alphabetic characters.
3. Do not keep a common name.
#8 Admin Email: The Email on which WordPress will send notifications. Always provide an authenticated email to the visitors.
#9 Select Language: Just Select your language and WordPress will be automatically installed.
#10, #11 Select Plugins: These are the plugins which you need to install during the installation.
Limit Login Attempts (Loginizer): Check the box and install. This plugin will help you to prevent hackers from getting into your website with brute-force attacks.
WP 3 Super Cache: This is a plugin for the cache. It will automatically save the cache of your website in visitor’s browser and will help to load your blog quickly to them.
#12 #12.1 #12.2 Advance Option: Basically These are developers options, but they are helpful that’s why I am explaining them.
Check the Auto Upgrade option for WordPress Plugins and Themes which will automatically update all of the blog plugins and active theme to the new version without asking you. It will help to fix the issues’ in theme and plugins.
Turn on Automatic Backup for your blog and choose the default location of the backup. For the rotation, it’s up to you. But I’ll recommend you select two rotations.
#13 Select Theme: You can choose any theme to install on your blog. If you can’t decide it now. I’ll say leave it for now as it is. Don’t worry you can change it later on from Appearance > Themes > Add new option within your blog dashboard.
#14 Installation Details: You can send Installation details of your blog to your email. Put your email in the input box and have them in your inbox.
After hitting the Install Button, you will get a screen where it will show the installation progress of your WordPress that should not get more than 15 seconds. Once Progress bar is done, you will be redirected to another page where it will show a link by which you can login to your dashboard.
That should look like
Yoowwwww Congratulations! You’ve successfully installed WordPress on your host.
To access the dashboard, you’re required to put the login credential which you have set #6 Admin Username and #7 Admin Password steps.
So when you enter the correct login credentials, you will be redirected to the dashboard which will look like
Final Words About Guide to WordPress Installation
You went through the guide to WordPress Installation which made you to successfully install WordPress on your hosting. From the Dashboard, you can install new plugins and themes of your own choice by navigating to the desired pages. If you have any question about WordPress installation let me know in the comment box.