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How to install WordPress – a comprehensive guide for the beginners

Read this post to know quickly about how to install WordPress. After learning the fundamentals you can setup WordPress anywhere you want.

WordPress empowers more than 33% websites and the number is only getting bigger. As the most popular CMS in the universe, WordPress has become the most trusted platform, as well.

Why WordPress is so popular? First of all, it’s easy to install, customize, and maintain. With a small tutorial, any non-tech guy can build a website with WordPress. There are other reasons, we’ll discuss later.

WordPress will give you speed and security for your website. Moreover, you can create any website on any topic: business, blog, agency, restaurant, medical, education, membership, to name a few.

Why you should use WordPress

Well, this post is not about discussing the benefits and demerits of WordPress. Before going into the details of how to install WordPress, we’d like to point out a few reasons why you should go for WordPress.

1. Open source

how to install WordPress

WordPress is an open source platform, meaning, you can use it at your will without paying for it. To create a website in any niche, you can rely on WordPress and there are millions of resources out there to help you keep rolling.

2. No tech knowledge (or a little) is required

You don’t have to be a programmer or developer to use WordPress. In fact, the major portion of the bloggers, who depend on WordPress for their projects, don’t have coding expertise. No matter you’re a tech geek or a novice, WordPress offers an easy solution for all-level users.

3. Free themes

With WordPress, it’s easy to customize and deliver a whole new website with a little effort. Because of the available themes, anyone can install and personalize them to build a great website in any niche. Not necessarily you have to use the free themes but we mentioned it here by considering the newbies.

4. Best for SEO

how to install WordPress

First of all, the code standard makes WordPress best compatible with search engines. So, when your site is built with WordPress, Google, and other search engines love it because it’s the recommended way. Also, the setting and design is SEO-friendly. When you are going to create a page or a blog post, you can easily optimize them with on-page techniques.

5. Available resources

If you have decided to join WordPress, it means you’re joining a community with millions of members. Thousands of them are contributing to the platform so that newcomers can feel more comfortable. Blogs, tutorials, videos, courses, programs, forums – in many ways you can start your learning session before getting a comprehensive understanding of this popular system.

6. Powerful plugins

how to install WordPress

One of the biggest reasons WordPress is so popular is because of the plugins. For any kind of problem, you can get a plugin to resolve it. There are hundreds of thousands of plugins available only to make your websites more user-friendly. Astonishingly, most of the high-grade plugins are free and they are available on wp.org.

The requirements for installing WordPress

To install WordPress, you need two things:

A domain name, first of all. Those who don’t know, a domain name is the address of your website (e.g. www.something.com). Buy a domain from any domain service provider. It will take $10 for a basic domain. On special cases, many hosting service providers give a domain free for the first year.

Then, you need hosting where you’ll store all your website files. On a side note, you’re going to install WordPress inside the cPanel which is available inside your hosting dashboard. There are many affordable hosting services out there. Choose the one that you think meet your demand.

How to install WordPress

In two ways, you can install WordPress and get started with this famous content management system.

  1. Installing on your localhost
  2. Installing on cPanel of your hosting

Installing WordPress on your computer might be useful if you know the development or have advanced level tech knowledge. People do this thing either to develop a new theme, or making their website ready locally, and then upload it to the hosting.

But, we are going to follow the second step. As our main goal is building a website as easily as possible, we’ll skip anything that’s complicated. However, following this guide, you can know where to start if you want to give your site a strong support with WordPress.

We’ll show you the installation process using a free WordPress hosting service called 000webhost. First, sign up with your email, Facebook, or Google.

how to install WordPress

Then, you’ll see a Get Started button. Click on it, and it will take you to a new page.

how to install WordPress

What’s your intention with the hosting or the website? You can answer from the options, if you wish to. Otherwise, skip this part.

how to install WordPress

You’ll see a set of options on the screen.

From the lower part, click on the plus icon and it will give you an option of choosing your own website name.

how to install WordPress

As you want to create new website, give your website a name and add a password. Now see the ‘Create’ button? Click on it.

how to install WordPress

You are now redirected to a new page ‘Build website’. Click on the install now under the ‘Build WordPress Website’ from the list appeared.

how to install WordPress

Now, give admin username and password on the given fields.

how to install WordPress

When you click the ‘Install’ button you’ll see a progress bar.

how to install WordPress

Congratulations! Your site is ready. Click ‘Go to the configuration page’.

how to install WordPress

You’ll be redirected to the login page. Remember your username and password you have provided before? Fill the fields with the exact information.

how to install WordPress

You have successfully installed WordPress and now you’re on your website’s dashboard.

how to install WordPress

After installing WordPress

A few things need to be done after installing WordPress. At first, you should change the theme. Themes work to make the visual appearance of your website more charming and lovely. Be selective while choosing a theme because nicer themes can attract more users and make them stay longer.

However, we suggest you pay for a premium WordPress theme although you can go for a free theme in the beginning. To make sure the quality, you should depend on the paid themes. For bloggers with a tight budget, there’s no harm to start your project with a free product.

How to install a new theme

Go to Appearance > Themes from the left sidebar of your WordPress dashboard.

how to install WordPress

Click Add New button from the top and it will take you to the collection of themes. Choose any theme from the list or search for a particular one if you have anything else in mind. If you have already downloaded a theme to your computer you can upload it by clicking on the Upload Theme.

how to install WordPress

First, install the theme and then activate it. To give the website your preferred look, change the design by clicking on Customize from Appearance.

How to create a new page

If you want to create a page just click ‘Add New’ under the ‘Pages’ from the left sidebar on the WordPress dashboard.

how to create a new page

Give the page a name along with the meta description (for SEO purpose). You can add anything you want to see on the page. But, make sure you understand the difference between a page and a blog post. A page is a static entity that you create once and all. On the other hand, you create a post which shows on the blog or other pages and you update it sometimes.

How to create a new post

If you want to create a blog post, click ‘Add New’ from ‘Posts’ which is available on the left sidebar of the WordPress dashboard.

how to create a new post

The blog creation page is now on your screen. Add a title and keep adding blocks: paragraph, subheadings, images, etc. If you click the Publish button, your blog post will be published. Otherwise, you can save the post as a draft.

how to install WordPress

How to install a plugin inside WordPress

Now we’ll show how to install a plugin inside WordPress. As you know plugins are the main reason WordPress is so popular.

Now go to ‘Add New’ from ‘Plugins’ and you’ll reach here.

You can add plugins to your WordPress site in two ways. Either uploading from your computer what you have downloaded before or directly from the WordPress repository.

Plugin section inside WordPress

Here I’m searching with Ninja Tables in the search box. And, you see the plugin comes with ‘Install Now’ button. Click on that and it will start installing automatically.

search NinjaTables inside WordPress

After installing, an ‘Activate’ button will appear and you have to click on it to make the plugin run successfully.

activate NinjaTables

The NinjaTables will come on the sidebar which means the plugin’s on the rock!

NinjaTables on the sidebar

What’s next?

You have learned so far how to install WordPress inside hosting c-panel, how to create a new post, how to create a new page, and how to install a plugin. Don’t undermine your dreams anymore. Let them flourish and achieve what you are craving for so long.

Although we have shown you the process on a free web hosting, the process is identical on the actual or paid hosting c-panel. WordPress installation might come under applications or add-ons. You have to click on the ‘WordPress’, ‘WordPress Installation’, ‘Quick Install’, or similar things. The interface might vary before entering WordPress.

After you can install the CMS with your domain and login to wp dashboard, everything is the same. What are you waiting for? Let’s create an amazing website and show the world what you’ve got!

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Sadiq Ahmad

Sadiq Ahmad is a writer and marketer at WP Manage Ninja. As a WordPress-addict, he loves to write all about WordPress: themes, plugins, blogs, and tutorials. Digital marketing and SEO are his other strong suits that are well-related to his duties and responsibilities. All these things made him a skilled guy, not a boring person. πŸ˜€ He's social. He loves to meet new people and explore new dishes in local restaurants.

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