Install WordPress at InMotion Hosting
Hi and Welcome to Lesson 3 of the Start Building Your Website Here Tutorial Series. My name is Melissa and I’ll be your instructor for part of the series. The goal of this tutorial series is to show how you, with basic Word Processing and Desktop Publishing skills can develop, manage and maintain your own business web presence.
In this lesson, you’ll learn how to install and configure WordPress on your site. This lesson assumes that you’ve completed the first and second lesson of this series because you’ll need a hosting account with InMotion and an email address for your new domain. If this is not the case, please complete Lessons 1 and 2 before continuing. Okay, let’s go ahead and get started.
In the first part of this lesson, we will install WordPress on our site. So we’ll log in to our InMotion Control Panel using the link that InMotion has already provided. So here we are in our CPanel, which at this point, you are already familiar with. So we’ll scroll down to the bottom, under Software and Services, we’ll select “Fantastico” and then on the left side of the screen, we’ll click on WordPress. Next, click on “New Installation”. Now it brings us to this screen where we can begin entering the details for the Installation location, Admin Access Data and Base Configuration.
Under Installation location, we are going to install WordPress in an add on domain for this account, which is www.tailoringwp.com. So if you happen to have more than one domain in your InMotion account like I do, then make sure to select the domain you want to install WordPress to in this drop down menu. Otherwise, the domain name will have been automatically selected. Now we’ll skip the next one – “Install in directory” because in this case we want to install WordPress in the root directory of our domain.
Then under Admin Access Data, we enter the administrator username, in this case I’ll enter my name and then we want to enter our password. Now make sure that you create a strong password, like using a combination of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and symbols. Next under Base Configuration, we enter the admin nickname, you can use the same as the admin username or leave it blank if you don’t want to create a nickname. In my case, I’ll leave it blank.
And then next we enter the admin email. Then we enter the site name. So in my case, I’ll enter Tailoring WordPress. Next you can enter a description of your site if you feel it is necessary for you, but I’d leave this blank and then go ahead and click “Install WordPress”. So here we go. The installation is complete. So this is the Site URL and this is the Login URL for the dashboard of the website and this is the username and password. Now let’s go ahead and click the Site URL and go over to the site.
So what you see here is the default installation of WordPress. We’ve installed WordPress 3.2 and it installed this theme called “Twenty-Eleven”. This is a theme that you could customize if you choose. It’s a nice, simple and clean theme that people can go and continue to use without modification.
Next, what we want to do now is go to the dashboard of our site so we scroll down here, down to “Meta” and select “Log in” and that brings up the log in screen for our WordPress dashboard. So I’m going to type in my username and password, and then select “Log in”. Okay, so here we are at our WordPress dashboard. This is where all the magic happens. It’s from this dashboard, you should be able to do everything on your site. Whether it is making blog posts or creating pages or adding images and videos, all of the elements on your site can be controlled from this dashboard. And in the next part of this lesson, we’re going to do an introduction tour and do the basic settings of this.
Okay, so that wraps up Part 1 of Lesson 3 of the Start Building Your Website Here Tutorial Series. In the second part of the lesson, we are going to perform the initial configuration of WordPress.