How to Install WordPress

Want to learn how to install WordPress? Maybe you already know, and just want to make the process quicker? This blog post will guide you through the steps needed to get off to a great start with a new WordPress website.

Why use WordPress?

WordPress is one of the most popular website and blogging platforms used on the World Wide Web.

Its original intended use was for blogging, however with the addition of many plugins and themes from the open source community; has allowed WordPress to become a massively popular system for creating and managing websites of all kind.

Steps needed to install WordPress

  1. Choose a web host provider
  2. Use cPanel control panel
  3. Open Softaculous Apps Installer
  4. Configure your WordPress settings
  5. Enable brute-force protection, auto updates & backups
  6. Start blogging and adding content

Step 1: Choose a web host provider

It's important you choose a web hosting provider that has:

  • A good uptime record (Belira has 100%)
  • Excellent-rated customer support and response times
  • WordPress supported
  • Affordable, and not overpriced

These points are the foundations of a good web hosting provider, if you're not sure whethery they are meeting these requirements, ask them!

Step 2: Use cPanel control panel

cPanel is the web hosting control panel of choice - all our web hosting plans support this. It's an important requirement because cPanel offers you features like:

  • Email Account Management
  • FTP and Database Accounts
  • Domain and Subdomain management
  • Filesystem management
  • Virus protection
  • & Many more features

Step 3: Open Softaculous Apps Installer

Once logged in to cPanel; scroll to the bottom of the page, and you will see the 'Softaculous Apps Installer' link. Click this to open. Softaculous Apps Installer is a great tool for installing hundreds of different web-software such as WordPress, Joomla and many other common website and e-commerce systems.

Step 4: Configure your WordPress settings

Once you have selected to install WordPress from within Softaculous, there are some easy configurable options to choose and configure your WordPress install.

  • HTTP or HTTPS Protocol
    • Choose HTTPS if you want to install your WordPress on a domain that has an SSL Certificate enabled. This is recommended, but if you don't have an SSL Certificate enabled, it's fine to choose HTTP.
  • Choose Admin username & password
    • It is very important to choose a strong and secure password for any account accessible over the World Wide Web, so make sure you choose a safe one for your WordPress admin panel.
  • Database Settings
    • It's fine to leave these as default, unless you have a good reason to change them. This is the name of your database; which will be held in your account, and a table prefix name, which is only useful if sharing the database with another piece of software (this isn't recommended, and Belira offers unlimited MySQL Databases).

Step 5: Enable brute-force protection, auto updates & backups

  • Limit Login Attempts
    • What we have here is a feature which protects the WordPress website against malicious brute force attacks; which is when someone hits the website with common or sequential log in credentials in an attempt to gain access to your website. Enabling this feature blocks that from happening.
  • Auto upgrade WordPress, WordPress Plugins & WordPress Themes
    • This is a great feature of installing WordPress through the Belira cPanel control panel. You can automate updates which helps keep your system safe and secure when there's any new features or security updates.
  • Enable Automated Backups
    • Another really useful tool is the ability for Softaculous to take regular backups of your WordPress website and database at any given intervals you require. It's recommended to set this between 2-4 days, with a backup retention of at least 2. That means the system will keep the last 2 backup snapshots, and to save space; delete older backups that aren't needed. This gives you plenty of time to spot issues and decide to revert back to an older version of your website.

Step 6: Start blogging and adding content

And there we go! Nice and easy, and often under 5 minutes. There's no longer a need to copy of files via FTP like we were all used to in the old days, and now you also get the added benefit of automatic security updates, and website backups! This allows you to focus on what's important; styling your new WordPress website and adding great content for your users to read.

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Feb 16
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