Installing Wordpress
Posted by Matthew Jeffels, Last modified by Matthew Jeffels on 23 August 2016 03:26 PM

Installing Wordpress

In order to install Wordpress through softaculous you need to make sure that you have followed all these steps.

First, select either the Install tab at the top of the wordpress screen or click on the Install Now button;

Installation Location

The first thing that you will need to do is select the Protocol, domain and directory that you wish for Wordpress to manage. 

The Domain dictates the level of security your site has as a maximum if your site is SSL/TLS enabled then you should select https:// or https://www. else you should select one of the http:// variants.

Choose the domain you wish to have wordpress installed on, if you have multiple domains on your server make sure to select the correct one.

In Directory allows you to select where Wordpress will be installed within your domain.

If you wish for it to be installed at the start of your domain for example www.mydomain.com then delete what is in this field, however if you need to install the software in another directory for testing or some other reason then enter that in here.

An example would be if you wanted to install Wordpress at www.mydomain.com/mytest then you would enter mytest in the “In Directory” field.

Wordpress Setup

The site settings allow you to change some of the basic information that wordpress will display about your site and it's SEO. Make sure to have appropriate names and descriptions of what your site is and is about. 

If the website is going to be part of a larger network of domains then you may wish to enable Multisite. A multisite network is a collection of sites that all share the same WordPress installation. They can also share plugins and themes.

Wordpress Website Settings

The Next step is to setup the Admin Account that will be responsible for the initial setup of the Wordpress site. This user will have full control over all features of the wordpress site so this account should be made highly secure. The Admin email can be an account that you have created for your domain or a 3rd party email which ever you wish. 

Wordpress Administrator Login Details

Wordpress also allows you to choose the language that the installation will be made in. By Default this is English however if you wished to have it installed in another language you can do so here.

Wordpress Language Choice

Wordpress comes with a single plugin by default, you can choose to enable it or not, the default plugin however is designed to stop brute force password cracking attempts by limiting the number of login attempts allowed. So i would recommend enabling it as it is additional security for your site.

Wordpress Default Plugins

The Advanced Options are optional, non of these need to be changed or modified by yourself for the basic installation however you may wish to.

Wordpress needs a Database to run on your server as a result it will create one when you install it. By default this will be a randomly generated name for both database and table. If you do not wish this you can choose the names of them both through the advanced options.

In addition to this the Advanced options also give you a range of options for keeping your Wordpress installation up to date.

By Default Wordpress will email you should you need to update Wordpress or any of the plugin or themes however these settings allow you to change this and allow wordpress to keep itself up to date.

Disabling Update Notifications will prevent Wordpress from emailing you when new versions are available.

Enabling Auto Upgrade will cause wordpress to automatically keep it at the latest version.

Enabling Auto Upgrade Wordpress Plugins, will mean that your wordpress installation will make sure that it is always using the latest version of the plugins you have installed, and that are available. 

Enabling Auto Upgrade Wordpress Themes will do the same for the Themes that your domain is using.

You can also enable backups of your wordpress site from the advanced options which I would recommend. This safeguards you should any changes be made to your site on accident that you then want to revert.

When you select to enable backups you will select the frequency of them you can choose from once a day, once a week or once a month, if you are going to be making lots of changes to your site frequently more frequent backups are preferable.

You should also choose how many backup copies you keep before they begin to be overwritten. For example if you perform daily backups having this set at 7 will mean you will have a copy of backups from the last 7 days. 

Wordpress Advanced Options

One of the last things you should do for your site is select the theme you wish to have for your site. This can either be done now as part of the installation or later through the wordpress admin portal that you will use to modify your site once wordpress is installed. There are many different themes that you can choose from clicking on their images will allow you to view demo's of them. Once you have decided on a theme click select, this will make sure it's downloaded and applied with your installation.

Wordpress Theme Selection

Finally you should input your email address to have the installation details forwarded to. This will send you a copy of all the details of the installation including admin information and password.

Lastly click Install this will install wordpress onto your server.

Finally Click Install

During the Installation you will be presented with a loading screen to show you the progress of the installation;

Wordpress Installation Progress

Finally after it completes you will be presented with a screen that will tell you whether the software installed correctly, where it was installed and provide you with the administrative URL in order to access your Wordpress sites management. 

Wordpress Completed Instalation

Thanks

Matt Jeffels
PAC Web Hosting

 

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