How to Install WordPress After Purchasing Web Hosting

Now that you’ve purchased web hosting, it’s time to build your site! For this, we’re going to use “WordPress”. It’s an application that powers more than 30% of all websites. WordPress allows you to create web pages, navigation menus, and a blog. This tutorial will explain how to install it immediately after you’ve bought a hosting package.

Step 1: Make Sure that SSL is Installed

In the previous beginner’s guide to web hosting, I explained that SSL is the ability to access your site with “https://” instead of “http://”. It’s critically important that you have this enabled. Luckily, you most probably don’t need to buy SSL separately.

Step 2: Log into your Web Hosting Panel

When you buy web hosting, you gain access to an administration interface called “cPanel”. It’s where you install WordPress. When you signed up for web hosting, you received a username and password in your e-mail. These are used to log into cPanel. Use one of these links to access the cPanel administration backend and enter the username/password.

Once you’re in cPanel, scroll down to the panel labeled “Softaculous Apps Installer” and click “WordPress” as shown here:

WordPress Icon in cPanel Softaculous

Click “Install Now”.

WordPress Softaculous - Install Now

Let’s configure the installation.

Step 3: Choose the Location for WordPress

This screen is where we provide all the important details for WordPress. If you’ve made sure that SSL is enabled in Step 1, then select “https://” from the “Choose Protocol” drop-down box as shown here:

Choose WordPress Protocol and Directory

Also choose the website onto which you want to install WordPress. This will most likely be the domain name you signed up with. The location of WordPress is usually just your site name. Normally, you want people to access your site by typing in the domain name like this:

Sometimes however, you may want it to be accessible like this for example:

In which case, you need to specify the directory as shown in the image above.

WordPress will now be accessible from this location. Leave it blank if you don’t want anything fancy.

Step 4: Choose the Site Name and Description

Here, you can choose what to call your site and give it a description. This is what will show up in most themes and in the Google search results after your page title. So make it catchy and accurate!

WordPress Site Name and Description

Step 5: Choose the Username and Password for WordPress

Just like cPanel, WordPress requires a username and password to log in to the administration area. This is protected from the public. From this dashboard, you will create pages, sort them, create menus, sidebars, and all the other components of a typical site.

So next we create the credentials to log into the WordPress dashboard. Choose a good username and password. To help you choose a strong password, I suggest you use the random password generator as shown here:

WordPress Credentials

Copy the generated password into a safe place and choose an appropriate username for yourself. Don’t use the default “admin”. It’s insecure. Try something else instead. Also enter an e-mail address for your user.

Step 6: Choose a Starter Theme

WordPress lets you choose the general look and feel of your site via something called “Themes”. You can change themes whenever you want from inside WordPress with the click of a button. The Softaculous app however, allows you to choose a starter theme during installation itself like this:

Choose a WordPress Theme

Choose a nice theme that suits you. But don’t worry – you haven’t committed yourself to anything and can change this at any time.

Step 7: Start the Installation

Now you’ve provided all the necessary information to install WordPress. Enter an e-mail ID to which the installation details will be sent. Click the “Install” button here to start the process:

Complete WordPress Installation

This will install WordPress at your chosen location. It’ll display a message indicating its progress. When it’s done, the script will send you an e-mail to the address specified in the previous step. This e-mail will contain your credentials (not the password) as well as the URL to log into the administration backend of WordPress as shown here:

WordPress Instllation E-mail

And now it’s time to log into WordPress for the first time!

Step 8: Log into WordPress

As shown in the above e-mail, the installation sends you the administration login URL in an e-mail. This takes the form of:

Since it’s the first time that you’re logging in, it asks you to specify the username and password you selected in Step 3:

WordPress Login for the First Time

If all goes well, it should log into WordPress. Congratulations- you’re now ready to start creating your site!

What Next?

Now you start building your site. Here are some things you’ll have to do:

  1. Choose a new theme to decide how your site looks
  2. Create a “homepage” or a “landing page” that your visitors will see when they visit
  3. Create a navigation menu so that users can access all parts of your site equally
  4. Choose sidebar widgets to show your users special information, related posts, etc..
  5. Add a blog where you keep publishing new and interesting information to your site.
About Bhagwad Park

I've been writing about web hosting and WordPress tutorials since 2008. I also create tutorials on Linux server administration, and have a ton of experience with web hosting products. Contact me via e-mail!

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