Step 1: How To Install WordPress
In this step-by-step tutorial I will guide you on how to create a website using WordPress. Luckily, because so many hosting companies recognize the popularity of WordPress, they’ve made it very easy to install WordPress on your website. There are many such programs that allow you to install WordPress with just a few clicks, such as WordPress 1-click install, Fantastico, and others.
One of the hosts in particular who makes it really easy, is BlueHost. I have been using BlueHost for 7 years already and never had a single problem with them. I’m using them to host my 4 WordPress-powered websites. And they are also the #1 recommended web hosting provider for WordPress by the official WP website wordpress.org. You can also check my detailed BlueHost review and signup tutorial here.
Installing a WordPress CMS on a domain hosted by BlueHost is a snap. I’ll be offering you some very specific instructions for BlueHost, so if that’s what you’re using, then you’re in good hands. Even without BlueHost though, please keep in mind that most hosts make installing WordPress very easy for you, and so if you don’t know how to do it, just contact your host’s support or search their knowledgebase, and you should find the answers you need relatively quickly.
NOTE: This is a WordPress automatic installation tutorial. If you prefer to install WordPress manually in case your web hosting provider doesn’t offer an automated installation (this doesn’t apply to BlueHost), or if you just want to install it the manual way for some reason, check out my article on how to install WordPress manually. If you want to install WordPress by the easier way – the automatic way, just read on.
Just Click On The Install Button
Once you’ve gotten your domain name on a hosting server, you’ll want to install the WP CMS. Find the button that will allow you to quickly install it. It may be called Fantastico or one of the things mentioned above, if you don’t know, however, then you can ask your host. If you happen to be using BlueHost, then it’ll simply be called “Install WordPress” and it is located in the cPanel.
So, click on that button, and then select the directory you want to install the WordPress CMS on. Let’s assume you want the entire site to be a WordPress site. If that’s the case, then you’re going to want to install WordPress on the root directory, which is just your basic site (www.mysite.com). Rather than on a subdomain, such as (wpcms.mysite.com) or an extension (www.mysite.com/wpcms).
If you’re using BlueHost, then just simply agree to their TOS, and you’ll be good to go. There are some other options from which I recommend you to set your Admin Username and Admin Password. One advice that I can give you here is not to use “admin” as your WP username (because if someone wanted to hack your site, they would start trying to login to your WP admin panel with the username “admin”, as that is what many web hosts use as default for every WP installation) and also use a strong password (with uppercase / lowercase letters, some numbers and a special character like e.g. #). After you’ve installed it, your site should be ready. You can go to your website, and you should see that it’s now a plain, default, WP site, and if you go to your website and add “/wp-login.php” at the end (so www.mysite.com/wp-login.php) you should see a login screen wherein you can access your dashboard.
That’s all there is to it! BlueHost sure does make it easy.
Now you can continue to the next step: Choose a WordPress theme.