In Step 1 of this course, your goal was to get a web host and register a domain name for your e-resume portfolio site. Congratulations! Now you’re ready to install WordPress.

WordPress LogoIf you’ve never used WordPress before, then this is step is going to be a game-changer for you. You will be amazed at all of the web publishing power that WordPress puts into your hands.

In this step, I will show you a super easy way to install WordPress. All you have to do is use an auto-installer.  Fantasico and Softaculous are auto installers that you can find in the Control Panel (aka CPanel) of some web hosts.

The next three videos will walk you through the process of setting up WordPress on you e-resume portfolio site.

First, a bit about WordPress

Two ways to install WordPress

Manually:

To install WordPress manually, go to http://wordpress.org/download/ and download the latest version of WordPress. Then follow the instructions here to manually install WordPress.

Automatically:

If you signed up with a web host that gives you a CPanel, then Fantastico or Softlaculous may be available in the Software/Services section of your CPanel.

Important Security Note: If you use and automatic WordPress installer, DO NOT use “Admin” for your username, and use a very secure password. WordPress sites with “Admin” for the username are very easy to hack!

Softlaculous icon in the Software Services section of the x10hosting.com CPanel

The Softaculous auto installer program is available in the Software Services section of the x10hosting.com CPanel

How to Install WordPress with Softaculous

  1. Log into your web host CPanel.
  2. Find the Softaculous icon in the Software/Services section and click on it.
  3. Hover over the WordPress icon and click Install.
  4. Change these settings for security reasons:
    • In the In Director box, remove the wp and leave this blank.
    • Change the table prefix toany two letters followed by an underscore other than wp_.
    • Change the Admin Username to something other than “admin”. (Very important!)
    • Change the Admin Password to a secure password with special characters and numbers. Write it down with your Admin Username and keep it in a safe place!
    • Change the Admin Email to your own email address.
  5. Click Install.

Exploring Your WordPress Site: CPanel and File Manager

Now that you have WordPress installed, let’s have a look at the files you installed. Plus you also want to

  • update to the latest verion of WordPress
  • change your password
  • set up your Privacy Settings

Moving Forward

Congratulations! You made it through the most technical part of this course. You now have a domain, a web host and WordPress is installed.

Got a Question? Please let me know in the Comment section at the bottom of the post and I’ll be sure to get back to you.

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