My previous post covered setting up a domain, hosting, and e-mail. In this post, I’ll briefly cover installing WordPress on your website.
Be warned, there are 2 different WordPresses! WordPress.com is their commercial blog hosting site. WordPress.org is the project for the free software that powers WordPress. The commercial site doesn’t allow plug-ins or your own advertising (like using Goggle’s AdSense). No plugins means it’s much more difficult to customize your own MP3 players, galleries, or upcoming gig calendars. Also, the .com version serves up their own advertising on your blog. You could be a death metal band and get Justin Bieber ads. Nothing you can do about it except pay more money to stop the ads.
Installing WordPress is extremely easy. Here’s a 5 minute guide if you want to do it manually. Even easier, though, is to let your web host do it for you! GoDaddy has an “install WordPress app” for my site.
Warning! Though the manual install is only 5 minutes, GoDaddy took about 12 hours to install. Why? I have no clue. The few support tidbits I could find was that any app installed through their system can take up to 24 to 48 hours. So if you use the automatic install, be prepared to hit install and go do something else with your time.
Okay, GoDaddy’s interface drives me up the wall. They make it really easy to sign up, but after that, they make it extremely difficult to navigate to what you need. Here’s how to navigate to your hosting options to install WordPress. Navigating there is harder than actually installing WordPress.
Step 1. Go to Hosting Management
Hosting -> My Account -> Hosting Management
Step 2: Launch the hosting control center for your site
Step 3: Select WordPress under Install Apps
Step 4: Install WordPress
Step 5: Usernames and Passwords
Now all you need to do is enter in the requested usernames and password. One set will be fore your main WordPress login. The second will be for the database that is installed with WordPress. (You probably won’t be using that one much.)
The other thing is to install WordPress into the root of your site and not to a sub-directory. If you don’t want WordPress to be your main website, then use a sub-directory instead.
Step 6: Log In
After the install has completed, log into your WordPress blog by typing in the following after your website name: www.yoursite.com/wp-admin
“wp-admin” is how you log into the backend of your WordPress site.
Now take some time to learn about WordPress. My next post will be about themes, and, possibly, plug-ins.