Installing WordPress With SiteGround
About This Lesson
In this lesson I’ll show you the easiest way to install WordPress, which is to let SiteGround do all of the work for you!
You’ll see that with a few clicks of your mouse, you can get SiteGround to,
- Create a database for you (which you need for WordPress)
- Upload all the WordPress files to your website (which again you need to do if you want to run WordPress)
And it all takes about 5 minutes to do.
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Step 1/5 – Login To Your cpanel Account
First, you’ll need to login to your cpanel account.
Side Note: Wondering what cpanel is?
It’s basically a place where website owners can setup, manage and maintain their sites.
Within your cpanel you’ll be able to do things like, create email accounts, install software/services on your site, upload files and lots more.
This isn’t something you’re going to use all that often, I don’t think I’ve logged into my account for 3-6 months.
Also note, that this is sometimes called “Control Panel”.
(The username you need to login to SiteGround (affiliate link) will come from the confirmation email you got when you joined, which will be similar to the image below. And your password, will be the password you created when you joined.)
Once logged in, you’ll see a page similar to the image below, click “My Accounts”.
Then click the “Go to cPanel” button.
Step 2/5 – Go To The Correct Page To Install WordPress
Once within your cPanel, you’ll need to navigate to the page where you can install WordPress.
To do this, simply look down the page until you see “Autoinstallers” and click “WordPress”, like in the image below
You’ll then get taken to another page, where you need to start a brand new install of WordPress. So like in the image below, click the “Install” button.
Step 3/5 – Choose Where To Install WordPress
Much like when you install software on your computer, you now need to choose where to install WordPress and go through a few other settings, so let me quickly walk you through how to do this!
- This is where you can choose what you want to come before your domain name. I always choose http://www. but you have a number of choices you can choose from!
- If you have more then one domain on your SiteGround (affiliate link) account, (like I currently do), you’ll see a drop down box here. This just lets you choose what domain name you want to install WordPress onto. In this case I’m going to choose localdoneforyou.com
- You could install WordPress into the main folder of your site, or http://www.localdoneforyou.com (which is like the C: drive on your computer). But I personally prefer to install WordPress into a folder, which I normally call wordpress, or http://www.localdoneforyou.com/wordpress (like I’ve done in the image above). This just stops your main folder from getting too cluttered with all the WordPress files and folders. If you want to install WordPress into a folder, simply type the name of the folder you want and SiteGround will create the folder for you
- Table Prefix, is just something that’s needed for the database that SiteGround is going to create for you. You can simply leave this and use whatever is already entered in this box. (In the image above SiteGround put “kwt_”, yours may be different and that’s o.k.)
- Then you’ll need to give your site a name or title (Don’t worry too much about what you call it, you’ll be able to change this later if you want.) And in this case we’re not installing “Multisite”, as we just want one website. (Multisite would let you have a “network” of WordPress sites. You can learn more about multisite here.)
You then have a few more details you need to go through.
Step 4/5 – Create User/Login Details
- Simply put in the username and password you want. Also put in a valid email address, as this will be used regarding the administration and maintenance of this WordPress site. Also, take a note of all of this, as you’ll need them in the future!
- Next choose which language you want to install WordPress in
- This is an added security feature for your WordPress site. By default WordPress allows unlimited login attempts to the admin area of your WordPress site, which allows passwords to be “brute-force attacked”. This plugin will block an Internet address from making further login attempts, after a certain number of retries, which makes a brute-force attack a lot less likely
- This lets you login to WordPress using your phone, instead of your username and password. This isn’t something I normally use!
- Next SiteGround tells you the name of your WordPress database. This isn’t something you need to change, but I do recommend taking a note of it, alongside your username and password!
- This will let you turn update notifications off. Personally I think this is a bad idea, as you need to keep WordPress up to date and these notifications can remind you in case you forget, but the choice is yours
- Finally click “Install”
The installation program will then begin to install WordPress for you. This can take a minute or two, so you just have to wait!
Step 5/5 – Visit Your Site
When it’s done installing, you’ll get a congratulations message similar to the image below. You’ll also be able to,
- Visit the front page of your website
- Or login to the admin area of your new WordPress site
This is an example of how your front page may look.
Don’t worry that it looks plain, it’s supposed to! You’ll be able to change your design in a future lesson.
If you want to login to the admin area of your site, you can see this lesson, or simply click the login button in the sidebar, (1) in the image above.
This will take you to the login screen like below, so simply put in the username and password you created in step 4 above.
(It’s a good idea to bookmark this page in your favorites, so in the future you can easily go to your WordPress login page.)
When logged in, you’ll see something similar to the image below. (I’ll go through and explain the admin area in more detail in a future lesson.)
And that’s it, all done, you’ve now installed WordPress!