Welcome back! Last time you discovered that WordPress.org is your best bet for a self-hosted blog solution. Now let’s install the blog…
How to Install a WP Blog?
I’m going to assume that you followed my advice to purchase your hosting through HostGator.com. If you did, then installation is a snap. That’s because HostGator.com will install the blog for you.
Tip: If you’re not using HostGator.com or any other host that installs WordPress for you, then you’ll need to go to WordPress.org to get the installation files. You’ll also have to read and follow WP’s complete installation instructions, which you can find here: http://codex.wordpress.org/Getting_Started_with_WordPress#Installation.
If you’re using HostGator.com or similar, then read on…
Log into your control panel. All you have to do is go to http://www.yourdomain.com/cpanel (where you substitute yourdomain.com” for your actual domain). Then enter the username and password that HostGator.com gave to you when you first signed up for web hosting.
You’ll now be taken to the front page of your control panel.
Scroll down to “Quickinstall or Fantastico DeLuxe. You’ll find it near the bottom of your control panel, in the “Software/Services” section. Go ahead and click on it.
Click on “WordPress.” You’ll find it on the left-hand side of your screen, under “Blogs.”
Click on “New Installation.” You’ll find this option in the main white box on the right side of your screen
Install your blog. Now all you have to do is complete your installation by following the onscreen instructions, where you’ll be asked to provide information such as your desired blog admin username, password and other information.
Tip: One of the first pieces of info you’ll get asked for is where you’d like to install WP – specifically, which directory on your domain.
You’ll want to install it on your “root” directory, so that anyone who goes to www.yourdomain.com immediately sees your blog. As such, leave “Install on Directory” blank so that your blog is in your main/root directory.
When you’ve finished filling out the short form on this screen, click the “Install WordPress” button. You’ll now be taken to a screen which tells you how to log into your new blog. The link should look something like this:
Be sure to write this information down, along with your username and password so that you don’t forget or lose them.
Next, go to your domain name (www.yourdomain.com) to see if the installation was successful. If you see any error messages, delete the blog and try again. Otherwise, if all looks good, then log into your WP dashboard.
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Task: Log into your WP dashboard and familiarize yourself with all the links and functions. Next you’ll start learning about how to customize the form and function of your blog!