Step 2: Installing WordPress

Installing WordPress on Your Website.

Now for the fun part.

If you followed the instructions in the first lesson, you now own a website, but there’s nothing on it. In a few minutes, there will be.

Go back to the email you received when you set up the hosting account and check for the link to your control panel. There should also be a username and password that you’ll need to access the control panel, so keep this email in a place where it’s easy to find.

Once you’re on your control panel, look for the Fantastico DeLuxe button. It’s the little blue guy with the big smile on his face.

The Fantastico Button
The Fantastico Button

Click on the Fantastico button. It will take you to a page where you can install all sorts of programs. The one you want is WordPress, so click on it – it’s in the column on the left. In the right hand box you’ll now see a link called New Installation. Click on it, and follow the instructions to install a WordPress blog on your site.  Be sure to write down the username and password you choose and have the program send you an email with the username and password, as a backup. You will need them every time you want to do something with your site.

The installation screen looks like this:

WordPress Installation Screen

WordPress Installation Screen

  • Install in Directory: You probably want to leave this blank, unless you want WordPress to be located somewhere other than the root folder of your site. If you don’t know what that means, leave the field blank.
  • Administrator User Name: This can by your name, Admin, or anything else you want.
  • Password: Don’t use your birthday, your pet’s name, or “password.” You do not want your site to get hacked. Use a random string of numbers, letters and symbols, and write it down.
  • Admin Nickname: This shows up when you write a post or page (although you can have a post without a byline, if you want). Use your own name, or make something up.
  • Admin e-Mail: Use the address you set up when you got your hosting account. Be sure to set up your Outlook program to read emails from that account, so you don’t miss anything important. You’ll receive an email whenever someone comments on one of your posts, and you can get a new password if you forget your old one. You can also change the email address later, if you need to.
  • Site Name: This will show up as the Title on your new site. For instance, on this site I typed “How to Build Your Own Website.” You can change this later, to anything you want.
  • Description: This is the tagline that shows up under the title. If you change your mind later, you can edit this field in your new website’s Dashboard.

Press the Install WordPress button, and let it do it’s thing. Be sure to ask the program to send you an email with your username and password – you know you’ll lose that slip of paper you wrote them on…

Take a Look at Your New Website

OK, you still haven’t written any posts or pages, but you do have a website. Type your domain name into the address bar of your browser, and you’ll now see something that looks very much like this:

your New Website

Your New Website

There’s still a bit of work to do, but we’re getting there. Now, on to Lesson 3, where you’ll see how easy it is to customize the header image and background color, or choose one of the thousands of free templates available for WordPress.


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