Recently, I have posted an infographic on interesting WordPress facts and why it is the number one blog publishing application, which includes easy installation. There are a couple of ways to install WordPress i.e. manually and via 1-click installers.
Today, I would like to discuss on how to install WordPress the simple and quick way… via 1-click installers. Yes, with no advanced knowledge in programming required!
Installing WordPress using 1-click installers
What is an 1-click installer? It is an application which allows you to easily install a variety of software, regardless of where the software are sourced from. It is similar to a library of software and scripts that are neatly categorized into categories such as content management systems (CMS), e-commerce, photo galleries, forums and of course blogging software (that includes WordPress).
Most applications found here are open source and thus, free but there are also a few premium ones too for those who requires advance features. Not only will 1-click installer help you create an impressive website but will also ensure that your applications are updated and easily upgradable in the future.
Most web hosting providers offer 1-click installers for their customers. This enables the customers to easily install a good variety of popular applications and scripts.
Why is 1-click installers recommended?
- Easy to install popular scripts
- Spare you the need to learn up the technical part of software installation
- Included free in many web hosting plans
- Because web hosting providers offer the installers, the installers are configured to work seamlessly with your server
- You will be able to easily upgrade your software in the future
There aren’t many disadvantages of 1-click installers but I think this may be one:
Depending on which web host you subscribe to, you may need to wait for the update patches since it depends on when the 1-click installer updates the tool.
Having said that, not all installers have this delayed updates problem. Thus, it is important to ensure that the 1-click installer you use is reliable and frequently updated.
SimpleScripts, Softaculous and Fantastico
There are a few different 1-click installers around. The more popular ones are SimpleScript, Softaculous and QuickInstall. Fantastico used to be quite popular. However, in recent years, Fantastico users have complained of many problems including broken installations and delayed updates. Meanwhile, other 1-click installers have continued to improve their services. As a result, some web hosts who used to offer Fantastico like Bluehost and InMotion Hosting, have decided to replace them with other script installers.
We had posted a tutorial on how to install WordPress using Fantastico (for those who are still interested in them) and a detailed write up on Softaculous recently. In today’s article, we will share with you how to install WordPress using SimpleScripts.
SimpleScripts is one of the most popular 1-click installers now. It provides management of over 70 top applications, including WordPress. It allows you to instantly install an application with just a click of a button. And not only that but it also will create a database and copy the files as well as make changes to file and folder permissions automatically to complete the installation.
New versions of the software they support are updated minutes after it is released to ensure bugs and security patches are available for their users. Users will then be notified of these updates via emails and / or control panel notifications.
Did you know SimpleScripts is what they called a “hosted service”? This means that you can use this software to install applications on your website regardless of whether your web host supports it or not. So, if your web hosting provider does not provide SimpleScripts (like Bluehost does), it doesn’t really matter as you can install the application yourself.
How do I install WordPress using SimpleScritps?
Very easy and can be completed within a few minutes. Below is our beginners’ guide to installing WordPress using SimpleScripts. Do note that this tutorial is based on the assumption that you are hosting with a web host that offers cPanel and SimpleScritps, like Bluehost.
Login to cPanel
Your SimpleScript software is located in your hosting account control panel, in this case, your cPanel. Scroll down to “Software / Services” and you will find the SimpleScripts icon. Click on it and you will see a long list of applications and scripts available for installation.
As mentioned above, there are free and premium scripts. Premium scripts provide more features, functionality and support. WordPress is free.
Click on WordPress
Under “Blogs”, look for “WordPress” and click the icon. You will come to the “Install WordPress” page. There is a brief description of what WordPress is.
At the bottom of the page, you will be able to see 2 options i.e. Install and Import. Click on “Install” to continue with a new installation. The Import button is for those who wish to install WordPress based on an existing installation, as the program will import the settings from that existing copy.
You will then come to the settings page. There are 4 steps here.
Step 1 – Installation Preferences
Which WordPress version
Here, you are asked to select the WordPress version you want to install on your website. In the drop down menu, there is a list of all available versions. Unless you have a good reason to do otherwise, always choose the latest version. This is to ensure your website has the most latest security and features. You can double check the latest version on WordPress’ website.
WordPress installation directory
Next, you will be asked the location you wish WordPress to be installed. When keying in your domain, you have the option to key in with “www” or without “www”. It doesn’t really matter which you choose. It’s usually a personal preference. Your SEO is not affected by this.
You also have the option to install WordPress in any other folder on your website. Perhaps you may wish to create a separate blog page using WordPress on your website (in a sub-folder), for example mydomain.com/blog. In this case, key in “blog” in the sub directory text box.
However, my advice to beginners is to leave this sub directory blank and install WordPress on your root.
Step 2 – Advanced Option
Step 2 is where you can set some advanced options.
Username and password
Uncheck the “generate a random Administrator username and password for me” box. Create your own. For security purposes, it is advised that you key in a different username and password from your cPanel login and not use the default “admin” as your username.
Create new database
Leave the check on “Automatically create a new database”.
Step 3 – Plugins and Themes
Step 3 offers you the option to install some plugins and themes. You can opt to install them.
Personally, I prefer to start on a clean page without pre-configured plugins and themes. It’s easier and less messy to install these software once WordPress is ready. We will discuss these on as separate post later. For this time, uncheck all the checkboxes.
Step 4 – Legal Information
Like many software installations, there is a license agreement stating the terms and conditions for the usage. Read through it and check the box.
Completing the installation
Click on “Complete” and you are done. Simple wasn’t it?
Once you have successfully installed WordPress, you will receive an email with the login details. Alternatively, you can stay on the same page and wait for the installation to be completed, which takes 1-2 minutes, depending on your server speed and Internet connection.
Go ahead and login and proceed to start setting up your WordPress website.
Your newly installed WordPress comes with sample posts, comments etc. There are quite a few housekeeping and configuration that need to be taken care of but no worries, we will look into these in more tutorials to come.
Congratulations on your first step to creating a WordPress website.
WordPress is no doubt one of the easiest and most friendly blog publishing software there is. And web hosts like Bluehost makes it simple for non-geeks to create a WordPress website painlessly. There will be more tips and guides coming up so stay tuned.
For the time being, you can check out Bluehost at their official website. Try out their cPanel demo, where you will be able to find SimpleScripts (in the demo account) and try out the WordPress installation yourself!