You have decided to use WordPress to build a website. Your web host may say they have easy installation but there are no instructions. Here is the answer, step by step to how to install WordPress easily and quickly with Fantastico.
Fantastico is not used by all the web hosts, but several. If they use a different installation service then it may be very similar to this. Note: WordPress sites are addictive you might start creating more sites soon.
Visit your cPanel.
Your web host should have sent you a link to visit your control panel. The most popular control panel is cPanel. Off to the right you will see a series of boxes. Scroll down to the one that says Software/Services. It should have a slightly tiled blue smiley icon, underneath it will say Fantastico De Luxe. Click it.
In the Fantastico panel you will see all the various software and services you can add to your website. There will be categories on the left in the gray box with the actual programs listed below, this list will vary depending on what your web host actually offers. Blogs should be at the top as the categories are in alphabetical order. Then find WordPress and click it.
The paragraph will tell you a little bit about WordPress. Notice the homepage it refers to is WordPress.org. If you previously have used WordPress.com this is different. WordPress.com is for bloggers who allow WordPress to host their site, what you are doing is called hosting WordPress or self-hosted. Now look for new installation, it will say beside it which version you will be installing.
If you have several domain names, you will have several choices in the first drop down box. So choose the domain name you where want to have WordPress. Next you can choose to install it in a directory, this is optional. If you wanted you could install WordPress on your “http://DomainName.com” and on “http://DomainName.com/directory” or one or the other. Leave the directory box blank to install on your domain name or add the name you want to use for a directory.
Admin Access Data
Here is where you enter your Administrator User name. DO NOT use admin, this is too easy for hackers. Use a username that you can remember, you will need this every time you log in your WordPress website. Your password needs to be something to easy enough to remember and complicated enough to keep your site relatively safe from hackers.
You can enter your name or a nickname on Admin nickname. Now enter an email address for you if you have problems accessing the site. Next is your website name. This can be just the domain name written with spaces and proper capitalization or the complete name, Domain Name or My Favorite Domains. Next is your description this is just a short sentence about your website, this actually shows up like a subtitle which is why you want to keep it relatively short. All the information here is easily changeable in your WordPress dashboard so do not worry needlessly over the description.
Click the Install button. On the next screen give an email address for Fantastico to send the installation information to, so you can keep it on file. It may take a little bit of time but your new WordPress website should be ready to go almost immediately. Congratulations on using Fantastico to install WordPress.