It’s no secret that the easiest way to get a professional, highly functional, website for your business is by using wordpress. Between the hundreds or even thousands of wordpress themes, it may be a bit overwhelming to choose one that you like. Before you can use any of those themes though, you need wordpress on your website. Read On! to learn how to get wordpress installed on your website using cPanel.
Your cPanel dashboard
Cpanel is one of a few ways that hosting companies use to organize the files that will make up your website – for example, think of this as your hard drive on your laptop and your control panel in Windows.
Feel free to scroll through the different sections of cPanel – let me point out that 2 of the most used sections are where you install WordPress and where you can create your own customized email address – firstname.lastname@example.org is a customized email I use on this site, for instance.
You’ll want to make sure your domain name is pointed at your web-hosting account before you install wordpress.
Connect Your Domain to Your Web-host
The first step to connecting your Domain to your web-hosting account is finding the NameServers. To use an analogy, a nameserver URL can be compared to a phone number. When someone types your domain name in a browser, like www.kaikauai.com, your domain makes a phone call to your web-hosting account. Without this connection, no one finds your website.
For my web-host, the nameservers look like this: NS1.AIOPHOSTING.COM, NS2.AIOPHOSTING.COM.
All hosting companies have a specific set of nameserver addresses. The trick is, how do you find them. The easiest way is to log-in to your web-hosting account and type ‘nameservers’ in the search bar. An alternative way to find them is to request help from the support team. Also, some web-hosting companies send you their nameservers with the welcome email you receive at sign-up. Once you have your nameservers, you’re ready for the next step.
Entering Your Nameservers
For this step, you’ll need to log-in to the account where you purchased your domain name. Below are screen-shots of what you will see if you have purchased your domain through godaddy.com.
In the example above, you log-in to your godaddy dashboard and choose your domains. Click on the DNS link for the domain you want to use with your nameservers. The image below shows the ‘DNS Management’ screen. Click on the ‘change’ button next to Nameservers and you will be able to type in the nameserver URL’s from your web-host. After you type in the nameserver URL’s, save the changes and you’re done!
With the nameservers now pointing at your web-host, it still may take a few minutes for them to connect your domain. Don’t worry, you’re ready to go on to the next step. But.. You can always use services like HostingCheckers.com, if you want to check that your nameservers are connecting with your web-host. Just key in your domain name and it will show you information about your web-host and which nameservers are being used.
You’re ready to Install WordPress
In your Cpanel back office, scroll down to the section named ‘Softaculous Apps Installer’. (See the image below)
First, you Double-click on the WordPress symbol. Choose your domain from the drop-down menu and enter your website credentials in the required fields.
If you have been successful in connecting your nameservers to your web-host, you will see your domain name as an option under ‘Choose Installation URL’.
After you choose the domain for your installation, enter the admin username and email you would like to use. This will be how you log-in to your wordpress dashboard. For security reasons, you do not want to make this a generic name like admin. You will also have the option of naming your site and choosing a theme. I usually skip those steps here because you can edit all of that from your wordpress dashboard.
The final step – scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on the install button. And….That’s it! Once your wordpress installation is successful, your log-in URL for wordpress will be displayed on the screen. You will also get a confirmation email with all of the details at your admin email address.
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