You might be asking, what the heck is WordPress and why should I install it on my hosting account?
WordPress is a free content management system that has been used for bloggers and developers for many years. It allows you to create websites with ease and no knowledge of HTML. It’s highly customizable and a very powerful tool for creating professional looking websites.
Tools such as Themes allow you to select free themes widely available on the Internet to help you make your site look professional, without spending a dime on designers. It’s also great for cool plugins that make your life easier, for example “All in one SEO”, which does all the required work to ensure that you get maximum visibility to the search engines for your site.
Manually installing WordPress can be a hard task for some, especially if you’re new! But that’s why I recommended GreenGeeks!
GreenGeeks offers a tool called Softaculous, which offers a built-in, one-click automatic WordPress installer. Fill in a few things and click install, pretty easy huh? I’ll walk you through it now
Installing WordPress with Softaculous
Log into your account at GreenGeeks, usually at https://www.greengeeks.com/login/. Once logged in, make sure you’re in your hosting account’s cPanel.
This is where you’ll be able to manage all aspects of your account, I suggest looking around to get yourself familiar with the tools that are available to you for your hosting account.
Scroll down to find the Software/Services category and click on Softaculous as seen below:
You’ll then end up at a page which shows you the “Top Scripts”, you’re going to want to hover over WordPress and click on Install.
You will be asked to fill in information regarding the install, such as your e-mail address, wordpress username/password, and other basic configuration things.
Note: There will be a field called Install in Directory, leave this blank. Otherwise it will create a sub-folder and that’s not what you want.
Once you’ve filled out all the information, click on Install. That’s it. You’re done.
You’ve now got a fully functioning WordPress-powered website, complete with the default theme which can be changed easily later on.
Let’s move on to configuring your website!