I’m going to show you how to install WordPress. We’re going to install it as our main domain for a hosting account. There are two other ways I show how to install WordPress. Click on the links to learn how to install it on a second domain for our hosting account or how to install it as a subdomain for a hosting account.
Install WordPress on Your Primary Domain
We’re going to do installing WordPress for the very first time on your primary domain. This primary domain for this site is byobbootcamp.com and it currently does not have WordPress installed.
One Click Install of WordPress
In fact, if you go to byobbootcamp.com you can see it’s just got the Bluehost screen here because there’s nothing currently installed on this. Let’s go back to our BlueHost Home and go to the Website area. To install WordPress we just click on this Install WordPress icon.
Sometimes people ask me, “Is it okay to use this one-click install of WordPress. Someone told me that it’s not safe and I should be doing it differently?”. While there are other ways for you to install WordPress I do believe this is a perfectly acceptable, safe and easy way to install it.
All the arguments about how to install this manually are reminiscent of folks who’d like “the good old days”. There are lots of fables about what happens if you install it this way, such as you’re not secure if you install it with one-click install. That’s simply not the case. It’s certainly possible for you to install WordPress manually without this but this is so much easier that just doesn’t make any sense.
Choose and Check the Domain
We’re going to go ahead and install a brand new instance and when we do that it asks which domain I would like to install it to. This is a temporary domain here and I definitely do not want to install it to that.
I have a choice of either installing as www.bootcamp.com or without the www. I’m going to install with the www primarily because I’ve read that most people don’t really recognize it as a website address if it doesn’t have the www in front of it so that’s how I’m installing it.
Now it’s saying check the domain. I don’t really understand why they bother with this except maybe they’re checking to make sure WordPress is uninstalled but it says, “It looks like files already exist in this location. If we proceed some files may be overwritten”.
Let’s come over here and take a look at the File Manager for just a moment just so you can see what’s in there right now. And the only files that are there are these files that Bluehost automatically creates when you setup your hosting account.
There’s nothing here that you have to worry about overwriting and unless you know you’ve got a WordPress website some place and you don’t really know where it is, you can pretty much ignore this and say “Continue”.
WordPress Advanced Options
It’s very difficult to actually install this properly without showing the advanced options so that’s what we’re going to do here. In this case, I’m going to give it a site name. This is actually very important because this is really the name of your site. It shows up in your SEO settings and things like that.
So “My Site” or “My Great Blog”, all those kinds of things are just indications to Google that you don’t know what you’re doing. You definitely want to give it a title or a name and I’m going to give this site the name of “WordPress Crash Course”.
Admin Username and Password
For an Admin Username I’m not going to use my email address I’m just going to use byobrick. It’s suggesting an Admin Password I’m going to use that password. I’ll copy it and then I’m going to place it in a text document for the time being so I don’t forget it. Then you have to say that “I have read the terms and conditions of the GPLv2”. You can read them if you like.
I’m going to install it and now comes the opportunity to sell you something. They’ve got a whole bunch of themes here that you can purchase. This is primarily a waste of time for most people and I wouldn’t bother looking at this. Realistically, you’re going to find your WordPress themes a different way and you probably don’t want to purchase a theme directly from this MOJO Marketplace.
Review Installed Site
Note now that it says, “High Five! Your install is complete!”. You can view your credentials and here it is, “Access your New WordPress site”. There’s the link to it. Now if we reload this browser window, you’re going to see I’ve got this default WordPress setup.
Note that even though I gave it a site title it still says, “My great WordPress blog” which is odd because you would have expected it would do what you told it to do. I don’t know why it didn’t but it’s primarily I think a failure in their algorithm. So we’re going to come back and change that site name in just a few minutes.
This shows you the way to log in to the backside of the site which we’re going to talk about here in a few minutes and then your username and your password.
WordPress Files in BlueHost
Let’s come back over to cPanel and reload our public_html. Now you can see there’s a whole bunch of stuff in here that didn’t exist before. This is the same thing I was looking at before but now I’ve got this wp-admin, wp-content, wp-includes and then all of these other files.
We’ll talk about the file structure for WordPress here in a little while but that’s what has just happened. This little MOJO Marketplace has installed WordPress on your site and has placed all of these files in the root of your web server which is public_html. So that’s one way to install it.