How do you find these instructions?
“If you want to integrate WordPress into the root of your domain (e.g. http://example.com/), move or upload all contents of the unzipped WordPress directory (but excluding the directory itself) into the root directory of your web server.
If you want to have your WordPress installation in its own subdirectory on your web site (e.g. http://example.com/blog/), create the blog directory on your server and upload WordPress to the directory via FTP.”
Intimidating? That is just one part of WordPress’ famous 5-minute installation. And if you ask me, an interested beginner would most likely dismiss the idea of blogging and concentrate on something else. Well, that’s not always the case. For this part of our series, I’ll show you how to install WordPress in just a few minutes to get your blog started right away.
We are using Hostgator service for the following steps. Hostgator’s Quick Install is basically what makes the whole installation really easy. So, if you haven’t signed up with Hostgator, now is the perfect time.
1. Part of the process of signing up with Hostgator is creating a username and password for your account. So once you get it done, you will receive an email from them with a link to your Hostgator cpanel with your username and password. Click on the link or pull up your browser and type in your domain name/cpanel. If the domain you registered is redboots.com. Your blog’s cpanel is redboots.com/cpanel . Log in with your login details.
2. Once you are logged in, you will find different icons, scroll down and look for Software/Services section. Click on QuickInstall.
3. It will open up another window. On the left panel, click on WordPress.
4. It will bring up another window where you will see the version and size of the file. Just click on Continue.
5. This is the page where you need some information filled up.
If you are setting up a blog in addition to your existing website, fill in the box beside http:// with your website address and the box next to it, the word blog. So if your existing website address is redboots.com, the application URL is redboots.com/blog.
If your blog is a standalone website, then leave the box on the right blank. Fill in the rest of the information. Make sure that you put in a valid email as your username and password to WordPress will be sent through that email. Click on Install Now.
When it’s done installing WordPress, you will get a congratulations message where it says “Your installation is ready. You can access it now by going here.” If you click on the word “here”, it will bring you to your new blog with WordPress’ default theme. Check on the URL, it’s the URL you set up on the application URL on step 5.
You are almost ready now to publish your first post. See how easy it is compared to WordPress’ famous 5 minute installation?
Our next step is about working on WordPress Dashboard. So get ready with your first article.
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