installing wordpress

Using a WordPress Installer

There are two primary ways to install WordPress. Most hosts provide a simple WordPress "Installer," which is by far the easiest. If an installer is not available, you can install WordPress "manually." We'll cover both situations here.

Your web host should provide some kind of back-end "control panel" that lets you create email addresses and databases, configure your spam controls, manage backups, etc. In most cases, the control panel is accessible after logging into the host's homepage. Alternatively, you may need to access a special URL, which is often:

http://example.com/cpanel

Check your host's FAQs or documentation if you're not sure where to find it. If the screenshots and instructions here don't look identical to the ones you see in your own control panel, don't worry - the concepts will be similar even if the details differ.

Once you've logged into your control panel, look for a button or link that says "Software" or "Blog" or "WordPress" or possibly "Fantastico":

Fantastico

Within that section you should see an option to install WordPress itself:

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Click that WordPress icon or link and you may end up at a screen that looks something like this:

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Again, installers look different from one host to another - your host's installer will likely look somewhat different from what you see here, but the concepts will be the same. You want to click through the installer until you get to a screen that asks what URL and path you want to install into. Watch carefully now!

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In this case, the installer is asking in step 1 which of the user's several domains to install to.

Next, it's suggesting that wordpress be installed in a folder called "wordpress," which would result in it being accessible at the URL http://shacker.net/wordpress. It's suggesting that URL to be conservative - in case you've already put files at the root of your domain, it doesn't want to overwrite them. But that's probably not what you want - you want your main site to be available at your base domain - in this case, shacker.net. So remove the word "wordpress" or "wp" or whatever it shows here, and the URL should automatically update itself to reflect the change.

Next, the installer may ask you which version of WordPress to install. In most cases, you'll want to take the most recent version available.

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The installer may ask you to accept the open source WordPress license agreement. Do so.

The installer may ask whether you want to set up a database manually, or let the installer do it for you. Most people should let the installer take care of this.

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Finally, the installer will ask what username to use for the main administrator account. If it suggests the username "admin," change it! Because "admin" is such a commonly used name for the primary account, this only makes it easier for bad guys to guess their way in to your Dashboard. Change this to a username you can remember, along with a good strong password.

Take a moment to make sure you know your username and password!

Optionally give the site a title and select a language (you can always change these later).

When installation is complete, the installer will summarize the process and provide a link to your shiny new WordPress site.

Click the link to your site, look for the Login link in the sidebar, and make sure you can get in. You should now skip to the First Steps section of this tutorial.