WordPress is the most popular content management system on the Internet. It’s a platform that allows anyone regardless of skill level to build amazing websites without knowing how to program in HTML or PHP.
From the themes you choose to the plugins you install, it’s an easy system if you want a website up and ready within minutes.
We use Softaculous to help with installing various scripts, as WordPress.
Softaculous is an application installer that automates setting up various management systems. In this case, it will install WordPress and its database after just a few pieces of information from yourself. It’s a quick and easy way to set up a website without having to learn a single line of code.
In today’s tutorial, I’m going to show you how to install WordPress with Softaculous. In mere moments, you can start promoting your website and begin building something spectacular.
Step 1: Open the Softaculous App Installer
When you have a WordPress Cloud Hosting, you’ll have access to cPanel. This is a versatile administrative dashboard that gives you control over many aspects of your website.
From cPanel, scroll to the Softaculous Apps Installer and click “WordPress.”
Step 2: Install WordPress
From the Softaculous script window, click the “Install Now” button in the description. The Softaculous software will usually have the most recent version of WordPress available. If you want to install an older version, you may have to do it manually.
In the next screen, you will need to input all of your website’s settings. Let me break them down a bit for you:
- Software Setup
In this section, you’ll choose whether your site uses SSL protocols or not. This is done by selecting which “http:” version you want to use from the drop down options. You’ll also pick your domain. If you only have one domain name, it will be displayed automatically. Otherwise, you’ll have to select it from the list.
- Site Settings
This is the basic information of your website. You’ll put in your site’s name and a short description. This will be used by most themes as well as the WordPress system for identification purposes. It will also play a part in search engine optimization, so make sure the information is something you want seen in sites like Google.
- Admin Account
Input the admin username, password and email address. I suggest never using the name “admin” as the administrator username. It’s the first thing bots and hackers will try when attempting to access your website. Make it something completely unique to you. As for the email address, this is only used by WordPress and is not available publicly.
- Choose Language
This is set as English by default. However, you have the option of using many different language types for WordPress. Choose one that is ideal for you and your website.
- Select Plugins
Softaculous often comes with a couple of Plugins readily available should you choose. GreenGeeks displays “Loginizer” and “WPForms Lite.” These two plugins are very helpful for those who want to protect the login screen and create forms such as what you would use for contact information. Click the check boxes to activate or deactivate these optional plugins.
- Advanced Options
Advanced options are for those who have a firm grasp of databases, upgrades and backup control. You can customize these elements if you wish, but I would suggest new users to leave these settings.
- Select Theme
WordPress comes with a few themes readily available. These files dictate how your website appears. In Softaculous, you can choose from a wide variety of layouts. Simply click the one you want to install with WordPress and Softaculous will do the rest. Please note that you can change themes at any time and as often as you like.
Once you’re done fine-tuning WordPress, click the “Install” button on the bottom middle of the screen.
Softaculous will then analyze your information and settings while installing the WordPress CMS onto your website.
After the installation is complete, Softaculous will give you a couple of links. One is the URL of your new website while the other is the admin address. Click the link next to “Administrative URL” to visit the login screen and access your site.
Bookmark this URL so you can find it easier at a later date.
Step 3: Install Your Plugins
See a list of Recommended WordPress Plugins to be used