From the previous blog post in this series, we brought our web hosting account. Next, we will install content management system on our hosting account and connect it to a domain name.
A content management system (or CMS, for short) is a software application or set of related programs that are used to create and manage digital content. For people new to this, it is an application that requires less code to write and more focus on layout and design.
In this post, we will install a WordPress application – more will be discuss on this CMS application in later post. There are other CMSs out there like Joomla, Drupal, Magento and etc – these will be also be discuss more in detail in later post. The installation process is still the same for all them.
Login To Web Hosting Account
The first thing you need to do is login to your web hosting account. In this post, we will using GoDaddy.com for our shared web hosting account. Once login, you should go to “My Products.” It should look like this:
Next, you will need to go to the cPanel. In order to do that, you will need to click “Manage” in the Web Hosting section.
Navigate To cPanel
cPanel is an online (Linux-based) web hosting control panel that provides a graphical interface and automation tools designed to simplify the process of hosting a website. Now we are at the cPanel. Next thing we need to do is find the WordPress application installation.
Scroll Down To “Web Applications” Section
On the same page as the above image, scroll down to the “Web Applications” section and click on the “WordPress – blog” icon.
Install WordPress App To Domain Name
It will take us to the “Installatron” page. Now click “install this application.”
Pick Domain Name Where Application Will Be Installed
The next page is where we will select the domain name to install the application on. There is a drop-down menu labeled “Domain.” Select the domain name you want your application on. Try to pick the domain name with format like this: www.YourDomainName.com.
Select Update Preferences
On the same page we will scroll down and select the follow update preferences. I strongly suggest choosing the following update preferences in the image below.
Create Username And Password For Admin
Next you will scroll down on the same page, and create a username and password for our application. This will allow us to login, later, to our application to start building our site. We can give our site “Website Title” and “Website Tagline” here. Also, we can choose what email will receive notifications and the number of login attempts. In later post, we will discuss the “Enable Multi-site” option which requires subdomains to work.
Finally, we at the point where we click the “+Install” and connect the web application to the domain name. For the “Advanced Setting Management,” select the “Automatically manage advanced settings for me” option and then click “+Install.”
WordPress Application Installed
We have installed the WordPress application! Congratulations to those who made it this far. It might look technical but we made it look like cake. We aren’t finished yet. We still need to login to our WordPress application.
Login To WordPress Application
The first thing we need to do is type in the URL, “www.YourDomainName.com/wp-admin”. It should bring the following window screen. After this window shows with the “Username” and “Password” field, type in the username and password used to install the WordPress application.
We are finally here. This is where the magic happens. The screen we see below is the Dashboard saying we have successfully access the WordPress application. This is where we can begin building and customizing our website the way we want it.
We have installed the WordPress application and connect it to our domain name. The next step is understand the basics of WordPress and how it works and what makes it tick.