There are many different combinations of domain hosting, website hosting and web building platforms. I have chosen to host my domain and website with GoDaddy and to use WordPress as my CMS & Website Builder. I will, therefore, be taking you through installing WordPress on your GoDaddy account.
Make sure that you have linked your website hosting with the domain name you have chosen for your website or blog before you start installing WordPress.
Access the cPanel
Within your GoDaddy account, there is an area called cPanel. This is the control panel from which you can manage your website. To find it login to GoDaddy and go to your products. Where your website hosting is listed there are an ‘options’ and a ‘manage’ button. Click the Manage button.
This will take you through to an area similar to the one displayed in the image below. Simple click cPanel.
Within the cPanel, there will be a range of buttons with icons to select from. We want to head to the area that allows us to install WordPress. If you use the search bar to search applications, the following app will be displayed.
By clicking the Installatron app you will be taken to this area. Your’s will be brand new so there will not be a number listed by my applications or by backups. You will need to go to the applications browser and search for WordPress.
Click on the link for WordPress and the following screen will appear.
Click “+ Install this application” and it will take you to the following screen. This is where you can set up the WordPress installation. As the domain and hosting are already linked the domain section here is auto-filled.
WordPress Installation Set-Up
You can then choose to put this website in a folder. If you want this to be your main site then leave the box that I have filled empty. I have called mine test as I already have my personal website sat on stephwelch.co.uk.
Make sure to change the Administrator User and Password to something you can remember and that is secure. You will need this to access the backend of your website. The boxes for Website Title and Website Tagline, that are prefilled. You can change this here or you can change it later in the setup and customisation of your theme.
I usually leave all the other boxes as they are, the system prefills these options for you. Be sure to read through them anyway to make sure you are happy with the selections. Then click Install.
Once clicked the installation will do its thang…
When the installation is complete it will look something like this. If you click the top link it will take you to your new website. If you click the second link it will take you to log into the back end. This is where you can begin the set up of your website design.
WordPress offers this Wizard to help you with setup. It takes you through some of the basic things that you will need to input into your website. I have screenshot the stages below.
Choosing a Theme
You need to choose a theme in order to complete the setup through this wizard. But, try not to spend too much time choosing a theme at this stage. You can have a good browse through the themes and choose a more appropriate one later. For now, just select any of the options. or
Once selected it will take you through to the customisation process. This is where you can add your logo, colours, fonts and depend on what theme you choose many other features. I will go into choosing and customising your theme more in the next blog post.
Congratulations! You now have your domain chosen, website hosting set up and your WordPress website live! There will probably be one blog post on your website which WordPress prefills. This will be titled Hello World. Don’t worry we can delete that and replace it with your first post later. Check back in tomorrow for Choosing a Theme for your blog.