WordPress Website Design Boot-Camp
How to Install WordPress using Softaculous
Softaculous is a popular auto-installer script.
It allows you to easily install popular web applications like WordPress with just a few clicks.
Hosting companies like SiteGround and InMotion Hosting, as well as almost all Nigerian website hosting service providers use Softaculous in their control panel.
Simply login to your cPanel account – details of which would have most probably been sent to you via email after purchasing your hosting package – and look for ‘Softaculous‘ icon or ‘WordPress Installer‘ icon.
You will find them under ‘Auto Installers‘ section.
Clicking on any of these icons will launch Softaculous auto-installer for WordPress.
First, you will see an overview of WordPress.
You need to click on the ‘Install‘ tab to continue.
Softaculous will now ask you where you want to install WordPress.
You need to choose ‘http://‘ or ‘http://www.‘ as protocol.
If your site has SSL and HTTPS, then you can select ‘https://‘ or ‘https://www.‘ as protocol.
After that, you need to choose the domain name where you want to install WordPress.
Most users want to install WordPress in their domain’s root directory, like example.com.
In that case, you need to make sure that the ‘In Directory’ field is blank.
Scroll down a little, and you will see the ‘Site Settings‘ section.
Under this section, first you need to provide a title and description for your WordPress site.
Don’t worry; you can easily change them from your WordPress admin area after installation.
Next, you need to choose an admin username, password, and email address.
Softaculous will automatically fill in the username and password fields for you.
It will use a non-dictionary word for username and a strong password.
You can change them if you want, to ones that are easy to remember for you.
However, we strongly urge you to always use a strong password.
See this guide on the best ways to manage passwords for WordPress beginners, to learn how you can manage strong passwords easily.
Make sure that you enter correct email address in the admin email field.
This is where WordPress will send notifications and password reset link if you ever forgot your password.
The rests of the options on the screen are optional.
You can now click on the ‘Install‘ button to run the installer.
Softaculous will run the installer using the settings you provided.
You will see a progress bar with installation status.
It will take a couple of minutes, DO NOT close the window until the progress bar reaches 100%, otherwise, this may affect your WordPress installation.
You will see a success message after the installation is finished.
It will also show you a link to your website and another link to your WordPress admin area.
And that was all on getting your awesome domain name … hosting account … and … installing WordPress onto your site … in a very brief, concise, but slightly comprehensive way.
Next is to design, configure, and secure your website for maximum usage…