Installing WordPress with Softaculous
Once you’ve set up web hosting, it’s easy to get WordPress up and running without a hassle. We’ll be installing WordPress with Softaculous, which takes just a few minutes.
If you don’t have web hosting yet, take a look at Getting web hosting.
If you’ve chosen a web host that has Softaculous, you should be able to find it at the bottom of your cPanel. Softaculous is an installer for WordPress and it makes installing a lot of other software a breeze as well. Once you find WordPress in the Softaculous section of your cPanel, click on WordPress and a new page should load showing the details of the installation. From here you can click the install button, where you’ll be given some installation options.
Protocol should be left as HTTP and you should be sure to check that you have the correct domain selected. The default ‘wp’ directory will work fine for storing your WordPress files so you can leave that as is. As for the database name, you may want to change it to be specific if you plan on creating multiple websites, so you can tell them apart in the future.
Change the site name and site description to your liking. Leave the ‘Enable Multisite” checkbox unchecked. This is a more advanced feature that we won’t be using for our site.
The default admin username is ‘admin’ and once set, WordPress won’t allow for it to be changed. It’s best to change this username to something such as your first name. However, if a potentially malicious attacker sees that “Jim” is posting on the blog, then that might be their first guess at the admin username. For extra security, change the username from ‘admin’ and tack on a string of random numbers. This will make it challenging for an attacker to guess your admin username. You then need to choose a secure password to match it. Either come up with a complicated password of your own or use a password generator to make sure you have a strong password for your WordPress site. You can use a program called LastPass to store your admin username and password for convinience, since both of these should be fairly difficult to remember if they are secure. Finally, you can change the admin email to be your name but be sure to only change the part before the ‘@’ symbol so that the email address is still associated with your website.
Automated backups can be setup to save several past iterations of your site that occur on a regularly scheduled interval. We recommend using this so that if something happens to your site you can always restore to a recent backup without loosing much content. Another option is to enable automatic plugin, theme, and WordPress updates. This sounds convenient but WordPress makes updating these things manually pretty easy as well. If you are going to have a simple WordPress site, this option may save you a little inconvenience but otherwise automatic upgrades can sometimes cause conflicts, which could cause your site to go down. For this reason, we recommend updating WordPress automatically but updating the add-ons manually as needed. That way you can keep older versions of plugins if there is bad compatibility or if you prefer the features of an older version.
You can now click install and wait for WordPress to be configured. After this step, there will be a link to an administrative URL, which you can click to be taken to the login page. Use the username and password you created earlier to log in and view your newly created WordPress site!
Now that you’re finished installing WordPress, it’s time to move on to Configuring WordPress.