How To Install WordPress Properly in 5 Minutes (or even less)
It shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes to install WordPress after buying a web hosting package.
WordPress is a Content Management System that allows you to create and customize your own site without necessarily having to go through the coding process.
WordPress is easy to use and has great themes to help you make your site look beautiful and plugins to help you run your site.
One thing I believe you are aware of is that there is a big difference between running your site on a WordPress.com platform and WordPress.org platform.
The most important difference between WordPress.org and WordPress.com is the ability to customize almost anything. WordPress.org lets you do it, WordPress.com does not.
WordPress.org is where you get to actually download the WordPress files to use on your site. You are also responsible for installing and hosting the WordPress platform on your own server, that you pay for.
This includes installing any theme you want (free or paid themes are available), installing any plugin you want (free or paid options as well), and customizing any code.
WordPress.com on the other hand doesn’t let you control the server or hosting, which is why you cannot customize a WordPress.com site beyond choosing from a selection of free themes.
This is also the reason why default WordPress.com sites contain advertisings (which you don’t get paid for) and exist on what is known as a “subdomain”.
A subdomain is effectively a part of a primary domain. For example, yoursite.wordpress.com is a subdomain of the primary domain, wordpress.com.
I know you are asking yourself this question, which one should I blog on? The answer is: WordPress.org. This blog post: Top 10 Reasons Why WordPress.org is the Best Choice For Setting Up A WordPress Site explains why you should blog on WordPress.org.
To be able to blog on WordPress.org, you will first need to buy a web hosting package with an option to install WordPress.
Most of the web hosting companies today provide one click installs for most of the Content Management Systems like WordPress, Weebly, Blogger and Wix in their web hosting packages.
This has been so because of the increasing number of bloggers across the globe. In fact, one of the features buyers (read bloggers) look for in a web hosting package is if it is providing quick install for CMS like WordPress. Here is a guide on how to choose the best web hosting package.
After purchasing the web hosting package, you will be directed to your client area where you will be able to see the popular WordPress logo under the Quick Installs Section.
Click on the WordPress button to begin the installation process.
You will be asked to choose a directory. I advise that you leave it blank, unless you want to install WordPress on a sub-domain.
Click install WordPress to begin the installation process.
Some Web hosting companies like Ecowebhosting will also include a temporary domain in the list.
Click on the domain name to continue with the installation process. You should be able to see a success message to confirm that the installation was successful.
You will then be directed to a WordPress Sign Up window.
Choose your preferred language and then click continue.
Enter your Site Title, username, password and email address to complete the installation process.
Note: WordPress will auto-generate a password for you. Don’t use that one. Write your own. It should be a combination of letters, numbers, other characters and uppercase and lowercase. For security purposes, make it long and hard to crack.
Click Sign Up to create your account.
An email with your login details will be sent to your email. Confirm the email and boom, you are a new WordPress account owner.
That was easy, right? I bet it didn’t take you even 5 minutes.
Now login to your new WordPress account to begin this fantastic journey of blogging.
Before you dive into the process of choosing and customizing your theme, I suggest that you install these plugins to get you started.
Congratulations on owning a WordPress blog. You can tweet me your blog so that I can retweet it to the world.