Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Building a WordPress site ~ [5] cPanel - Install Wordpress

You will need the following information before you install WordPress:

  • Site Name
  • Site Description ~ a tagline
  • Admin Username ~ you will use this to log into the site once you've created it
  • Admin Password ~ you will use this to log into the site once you've created it
  • Admin Email ~ I recommend you use the admin forwarder you created in the previous step; otherwise enter your personal email

WordPress installation:

Find and clicked on the WordPress icon in the Softaculous section.

Site Setup:

  • Choose the version you want to install
    • Choose the highest/latest version (v5.x as of Jan 2019) unless you have enough experience and a desire to install an earlier version.
  • Choose Protocol
    • Your site should have SSL, so choose HTTPS unless you absolutely know otherwise.
  • Chose the default domain
    • Select a domain from the pull-down menu
  • In Directory
    • The default directory is "wp."
    • You probably do not want to do this. Remove "wp" to just leave this box empty.

Site Settings:

  • Site Name 
  • Site Description
  • Did not enable multi-site unless you have the knowledge to manage it ~ leave the block unchecked

Admin Account

  • Change the Admin Username to something/anything other than "admin" and paste into an notepad text file
  • Copy the suggested Admin Password to notepad
  • Change/Enter the Admin Email
    • While the admin email is in your clipboard, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter it intro "Email installation details to:"

Choose Language

  • Leave this set at English (The default)

Select Plugins

  • Limit Login Attempts (loginizer)
    • Do not check the button. This function will be implemented with another plugin we will enable shortly after the WordPress installation is complete.
  • Classic Editor
    • YES, YES you want this! Check the box so that this plugin in installed and activated.

Advanced Options

Click on the "+" symbol to open the Advanced optons
  • Database Name
    • It's OK to leave the default, but it will make more sense later if you use an abbreviation of the domain name. For example, wpabcinc for ABCInc.pw
  • Table Prefix
    • It's OK to leave the default.
  • Auto Upgrade ~ if you have to ask, then select "upgrade to Minor version only" (the choice in the middle)
  • Auto Upgrade Wordpress Plugins ~ leave unchecked (do not allow)
  • Auto Upgrade Wordpress Themes ~ leave unchecked (do not allow)
  • Backup Location ~ leave at "Default"
  • Automated backups ~ leave "Don't back up" (we're going to do this with a plugin)
  • Backup rotation ~ ignore this block


  1. Software: Version, protocol, domain ~~ "In Directory" is blank
  2. Site Settings: ~~ Multi-site is unchecked
  3. Admin Account: ~~ This information has been copied to a text file!
  4. Select Plugins: ~~ Classic Editor is enabled
  5. Advanced Options: Database Name is changed,  minor upgrades only, no backup
  6. There is an address in "Email installations details" block

Clicked on the INSTALL button.... !

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