The guided way to start a WordPress blog or small business website with Divi! Part 1
The easiest way to install WordPress.
Hi, I’m Norman Pleitez, and I’m starting to create a series of videos and tutorials for entrepreneurs, like bloggers or small business owners, that are interested in creating a website by themselves.
The idea of this guide is that you can create a really good looking website with no coding knowledge, and give you some other tips that big hosting companies don’t tell you, that only developers and experts in the field would know. For example, I have encountered with business owners that are starting a new website and they got a new hosting plan, when they already have one and has the capability to add more websites without affecting the performance. On the other hand, we have those that got the most cheapest hosting plan and never upgraded, but then their website is slowing down because the traffic grew and that plan is not a fit anymore.
Here is the video, and if you prefer I’m writing the instructions.
The first thing you need is a hosting plan, in case you don’t have one yet, visit plitz.us where you can learn more about our plans, we actually offer one that is free, all you need is a domain and we will appreciate if you buy it with us to help us keep doing this kind of videos.
Accessing to cPanel Dashboard
Normally, all hosting plans are using cPanel, so this tutorial is based on that. When you have your cPanel setup then access to your dashboard. To access you should type yourdomain.com/cpanel or yourdomain.com:2083.
Below the screen you should see when you scroll down, depending on you hosting company you might have those icons in different order, but you have the ida.
Installation using Softaculous
As you can see in the screenshot, there is to WordPress icon in our case, one is with Softaculous suite and the other one is the option included with cPanel dashboards. We will be using Softaculous option, but the instructions are the same, the changes are only on the interface look.
We will start with Softaculous and then you will see cPanel installer, so, if you don’t have the suite, you can scroll down and go directly to that screenshot.
Now you are here, click on Install Now and fill up the form following the instructions. If you see advanced options, you don’t have to pay attention, though you can see the video to see the use of them.
- Choose the version you want to install.
I recommend to use the latest, because I will teach you in the future how to create a website that you can keep updated.
2. Choose protocol
If you have an SSL certificate, use https, all our hosting plans include one. If you don’t know what it is, ask to your hosting provider.
The https is very important now if you want to be indexed by search engines and if you want to make sure everyone will be able to see your website, the most of browsers are now block non-https protocols.
3. Choose domain
If you have only one domain, it will be selected by default, but in our video I explained what happened if you have more than one.
If you want to add a new website, please take a look at our next post or follow this video where I’m teaching you how to included add-on domains on your hosting service. https://youtu.be/z_frNkAPx8Q
4. In Directory
You must leave this directory blank, because if you add something here your website will open like domain.com/directory.
5. Add Site name and description
This is self explanatory, but I would like to ensure that you are writing a user friendly text on this boxes, because is what the users will see in the tab of their browser, it helps with SEO too.
You can see a Multisite checkbox, you don’t need that for now, but I will be doing a video about creating Multisite website and why you should consider it if you are planning to have more than one blog and running them with the same WP installation. Leave a comment if you want to learn more about it and I can jump to do that right away to help you.
6. Admin Account
Create a username to access to your administrator, a password you will not forget, and the email will be where you will get all the notifications about your blog.
7. Click on Install and you are ready to edit
You don’t have to do anything else, not even choose a theme because we will add Divi later.
Again, if you want to find out more about the other options watch the video, I go in details about that.
After you click install you will see a progression bar and then you will be redirected to a page with your administrator url, that will be something like yourdomain.com/wp-admin, and this the URL you will always type to administrate your new website. When you use the link on the result page of Softaculuous you will be logged in automatically, but when you access typing the url yourself you will have to access using the user and password you set on step 6.
To go back to your cPanel, just click on the cP logo on the top right menu of your screen.
If you are using cPanel installer, when you click on + New Site >> Show Advanced Configuration you will see what is in the screenshot. As you can see is very similar to Softaculuous, follow the same instructions.
Well, I hope this is helpful and in our next post we will explain how to create WordPress manually and I will take the chance to show you how to add another domain to your account if your hosting allows it.