Today, I’m going to cover the first of two different ways you can install WordPress on your website – automatically, through a script set called Fantastico. Later, on Friday, I’ll post instructions on how to install WordPress manually, just in case your hosting provider doesn’t offer the automatic option.
Hope you find this info helpful!
Installing WordPress with Fantastico
Typically, depending on your hosting provider, you can install WordPress with just a few clicks through a service known as Fantastico. This program is actually a set of different scripts that you can install to improve your web experience.
To see if you have Fantastico on your hosting account, log in to your site management section (usually called “Cpanel”). Scroll around this page and look for the Fantastico icon. For me, it looks like this:
When you click on the Fantastico icon, you’ll be taken to a page that lists all the different scripts you can access on the site. Find WordPress listed in the “Blog” section:
Go ahead and click on the WordPress link, then click on “New Installation”
The New Installation link will take you to the configuration page. Here, you’ll specify exactly how you want your blog to be set up.
The first section is the “Installation Location” section. Here, you can select the domain you want your blog to be installed on (if you have more than one domain hosted on your account). You can also specify which directory to install the blog on, although in most cases, you’ll want to leave this blank (advanced users may want to change the settings here).
The next section is the “Admin Access Data” section. This is the information you’ll use to log in to the user management section of your blog, so make sure it’s something you can remember!
The final section, “Base Configuration”, pre-populates some of the information in your blog. The Admin nickname is how your posts will be signed, so you’ll want to use your real name here. The Admin e-mail address is populated into your WordPress blog so that users can contact you (don’t worry, you can change this later if you need to).
The last two sections in the Base Configuration set-up – “Site Name” and “Description” – will display by default in most WordPress template headers. These two items are also important from an SEO standpoint, so make sure you include your business’s target keywords here.
Finally, click “Install WordPress”. You’ll have to go through one more page confirming everything that you’ve put in, but after that, you’ll be able to access your blog at: http://www.yourdomainname.com/wp-admin/ using the Administratior username and password you set up in the second section of the configuration page.
In total, setting up WordPress automatically with Fantastico should take you no more than a few minutes. Any questions about the installation process? Ask them in the comments!