OK, so this is the moment that so many of you have been waiting for.

We have all the foundations in place (domain name registration, WordPress specific hosting plan, redirected domain to hosting)  and can crack on and get WordPress up and running.

Just a reminder of why we’re going to all the trouble of buying domain names, hosting plans and installing WordPress…

Because it’s probably the easiest and most powerful website content management system which exists today. And it’s the most fantastic platform to launch and grow your business on.

So let’s go ahead and log into your SiteGround account area and click on cPanel to get started.

 

Installing Let’s Encrypt

First we’re going to activate your SSL certificate.

You’ll find the Let’s Encrypt option under Security in your cPanel.

Instal Lets Encrypt

Once there, Just select the domain name that you want to issue the certificate for and enter a valid email address. Then, press the Install button to proceed.

Once done, you’ll receive a success message.

Installing WordPress using Softaculous

There are different ways to install WordPress, but a lot of hosts offer Softaculous which makes it really straightforward for anyone to install WordPress or other script in a matter of minutes. So let’s go ahead and get started.

Go back to your cPanel, go to Autoinstallers and click on WordPress.

Clicking on WordPress will bring up an information screen.

Clicking on Install Now gives you the options to add details about your WordPress installation.

Protocol: select https. SiteGround offers free SSL using LetsEncrypt and this enables your site to be served on https rather than http. Refer to our training yesterday about hosting which talks about SSL if you’re not sure what I’m referring to. Omitting www gives you a shorter domain name, so this is what I choose.

Domain: If you have more than one domain, choose the domain which will be your primary domain.

In Directory: Leave this blank.

Site Settings

Site Name: Add the name of your website here. eg WP Happy

Site Description: What service do you offer eg. Step-by-Step WordPress Training for coaches, therapists and consultants

You can change these two settings later once WordPress is installed, so don’t agonise over them.

Admin Username: You can change this if you like, but keep it obscure. Don’t be tempted to use something that resembles your name or domain name, and don’t use something obvious like ‘Admin’. Using easy-to-guess usernames is an invitation to hackers. If you’re not sure, just leave it as the default which SiteGround suggests for you and make a note of it so it’s easy to copy and paste.

Admin Password: Again, you can change this, but make sure you choose a secure password.

Admin Email: Use something that you have regular access to.

Leave the rest of the settings at their default

Language: Leave as English

Theme: None

Click on Install.

Leave your browser window open whilst WordPress is installed.

You should now see the Congratulations message.

Make a note of the Administrative URL as well, so you know where to log in. SiteGround will send you all the details, apart from your password, but it’s good to take a note of everything just in case you don’t receive that email for any reason.

Clicking on the Administrative URL now will automatically log you in.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are now all set up and ready for us to start exploring WordPress.

If you’re itching to get stuck in and have a look around over the weekend, you can register for my free training which will familiarise you with the basics of the WordPress interface.

But don’t worry if you don’t have time, we’ll be taking a look around WordPress together next week.

Well done for making it through this week where we have put the foundations in place. The fun starts next week when we start digging into the key elements of WordPress.

Disclaimer: Some of the links that I use in this post and throughout this challenge may be affiliate links. That means that I may be paid a commission for purchases made through these links. It doesn’t cost anything more to purchase through an affiliate link, and I use any commission payouts to advertise these kind of challenges to ensure I’m able to reach and help as many entrepreneurs like you as possible. I will only ever recommend products or services which I myself use and trust. 

This post was part of a Free 10-Day Build Your Own Website challenge. I’ll be running another similar challenge in February 2018 if you want to take part live. Join the free WordPress Happy Community to be sure to get in on the action.

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