*Originally posted on Erica Kalberer’s domain by Erica Kalberer.
If you are interested in creating your own website just like this one, then you are in the right place! There are some first steps you need to take in order to get started installing WordPress or any other domains platform.
First, it will be a major help to you to check out and read Knight Dot Domains. These articles will help you to get a better understanding on what exactly a domain is, why choosing the right name is important, and other really important stuff that is needed to know to get started working with domains.
Once you have read their Getting Started posts, come on back to this post for the next steps.
Alright, awesome! Welcome back.
So now that you know and have a basic understanding in the beginning steps to this process, you are ready to install WordPress.
The first step is going to Reclaim Hosting (reclaimhosting.com) and clicking on “Sign Up.” Choose a plan that you think will work best for your intentions. I chose the Student/Individual option to start my website.
Next, you’ll be able to choose your site identity. Choose a name and an top level domain. (.com, .org, .net, etc.) Once you have checked to see if your desired future website name is available, click on continue.
Click on continue until you are taken to your shopping cart. Purchase your website.
Now it’s time to begin creating your website.
Visit Reclaim Hosting again and click on the “Client Area Sign In” thats super small and located in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Sign in and then click on “cPanel.”
Within your cPanel, you will find a whole bunch of stuff. You will see different applications, domain information, files and much much more.
Under “Applications” (it should be the first section at the top of your screen) you will find an option for WordPress. Click on it and then click on “Install this application.”
You will be redirected to a page that is full of different information that you will be able to fill out. You won’t have to fill out everything but there are some items that are recommended that you change to make your website personal to you.
For your personal info:
- Under Directory (optional), it will automatically say “blog” in that section. Delete the word “blog.” Otherwise your website would be yourdomainname.com/blog
Scroll down to Administrator Username.
- The username and password WordPress gives you is super random. It is recommended that you change both the username and password to something that you will remember in the future. (Also helpful to right it down in your notes somewhere.)
Your website title and tagline can be changed now but can also be changed at a later time so it is not super critical to change that now.
Once you’ve gotten to the bottom of the page, click on install!
Allow WordPress to download for a couple of minutes. Once it is finished, a very generic version of a website will pop up. In order to begin editing this site, click on the second link that has “/wp-admin/” included in it.
The “/wp-admin/” just means that you will be directed to the administrator site which will allow you access to edit your site.
Once you’ve clicked on the link, you will be redirected to your Dashboard. Your dashboard is the place where you will have all of the abilities to edit and personalize your website to your liking. You will be able to create new posts, new pages, upload media, add images to your website, and so much more!
Congrats on having installed WordPress!