In this lesson we are going to talk about the easiest way to install
WordPress and how to access your WP-admin area so that you can
begin customizing your new website!
First let’s start off by talking about installing WordPress onto your site. Before
WordPress entered the scene it took a lot of work and coding to build a
website one page at a time, but now you can literally have your website
up, fully functional and looking good in just a couple of hours.
I’m assuming for the sake of this mini wordpress crash course you already have a
hosting account. If you don’t, don’t worry it won’t take you long to get
one. My first recommendation for a newbie would be to HostGator, but there are
many other options available you can find them by doing a quick
The first step to installing WordPress is to log into your web
hosting account control panel (cpanel). To find that you simply go to:
“www.your-domain-name.com/cpanel” and enter the username and
password that you received when you signed up for your hosting
account. This will have been sent to you in an email.
The next step is to click on the Fantastico De Luxe icon. Most of the
time it’s easily recognizable as a little blue smiley face,
Then, under the blogs menu click on the word “WordPress” and choose
new installation. This will take you to a page asking for you to input a
It will ask you:
- What domain do want to install WordPress on?
If you happen to have multiple domains hosted on the same account
you will see them all listed there. Simply click on the drop-down menu
and choose the domain you are working with.
- What directory do want to install WordPress in?
You can choose to install WordPress in your main directory. In that case
you just leave this box empty. Or you can install it in a subdirectory for
instance; blog, members, subscribers, etc. Don’t worry you don’t have
to set up the directory yourself, WordPress will do that for you.
- What login (Admin access data) information do you want to use?
This is the information that you will use to log into your WordPress
dashboard. It is a good idea to make it different from your Cpanel login
- What Admin nickname do you want to use?
This is the name that will appear on all your posts. You can choose to
use your own name as the author or you can use a nickname, such as;
admin, support staff, CEO etc.
- What is your email address?
This is the e-mail address where you receive all your notifications from
your WordPress blog. It is important to use one that you check regularly.
Don’t worry it won’t be posted on your website for everyone to see.
- Your website name.
This is simply the name of your website. For instance; Jimmy’s
Seafood Grill. This will be displayed in the header of your new blog.
This is just a brief description or tagline that describes what people will
find on your website. It will be displayed under your website name.
Now that you have finished importing all of the basic information all you
have to do is click “install WordPress” and this will finish the installation.
WordPress will e-mail you a copy of your installation make sure you
keep this in a safe place along with all of your login information just in
case needed in the future.
- Now let’s talk about accessing your WordPress dashboard.
Well done, you have WordPress completely installed on your website,
now it’s time to login to your dashboard and begin customizing your
If you installed WordPress on your main directory you will simply go to:
www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. There you will enter your admin user
name and password that you created to log into your dashboard.
If you installed it in a different directory you will go to:
Now you can begin customizing your new WordPress website.
Everything you need to know about changing the look and feel of your
site is found inside your WordPress admin area. You will also be able
to post your content, change your themes and add in Plugins to make
your website more functional.
That’s it for today’s lesson. In your next lesson we will be talking about
changing your WordPress theme and adding in your Plugins, so that
you can look good and work great!