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Install WordPress Using Fantastico – cPanel

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I decided that I wanted to create this blog and determined that WordPress would be my blogging and Content Management System (CMS) of choice. I did some research and discovered that certain web hosting providers had a nifty little installation utility called Fantastico that would allow me to install WordPress with as little as one or two, or three clicks.

Let me show you how to install WordPress using Fantastico

I had this site up and running in less than five minutes. I will demonstrate how easy the WordPress installation was in this post and show you how you can have your own WordPress site up and running in about five minutes, as well. This article assumes you already have a domain name and have secured hosting and that your hosting provider comes with cpanel.

Most cpanel providers come with Fantastico.  However, if you are looking for an inexpensive web hosting service that comes with cpanel including Fantastico, you can not go wrong with. Most cpanel providers come with Fantastico.  However, if you are looking for an inexpensive web hosting service that comes with cpanel including Fantastico, you can not go wrong with

Most cpanel providers come with Fantastico.  However, if you are looking for an inexpensive web hosting service that comes with cpanel including Fantastico, you can not go wrong with HostGator Web Hosting.  I host all of my websites on HostGator servers and have never had a problem with them.  They offer excellent customer service and consistent uptime.

I will explore domain name registering and hosting in subsequent posts, but this post is strictly about the one click install of WordPress using Fantastico so that is where I will begin this tutorial.

Step 1) Log into your host’s cpanel. The way to do this is to go to the URL: http://www.yourwebsitename.com/cpanel. Remember to replace ‘www.yourwebsitename.com’ with the exact URL of your own website. You will be presented with a small login box that looks like:

From here, you must enter your username and your password in the appropriate areas above. Your username and password were set by you when you secured hosting. You were probably also emailed your username and password when you received your nameserver information from your hosting provider.

As a last resort, you can probably get your host to resend these to you via email if you can’t remember them or find an email containing this information.

Once logged in, you will see a screen similar to:

Way down at the bottom in my cpanel, you can see a blue smiley face icon with the title, Fantastico De Luxe.

Step2) Click the blue smiley face icon. You will be presented with the following screen:

Along the left sidebar, you will see the heading, ‘Blogs’ and beneath this heading ‘WordPress’ is the third entry down.  Click ‘WordPress’ and the next screen you should see will look something like this:

Step 3) Click New Installation. At this point you will be asked to fill in some fields:

Among them, you will be asked on which domain you would like WordPress installed. For most users, this is simply your root domain (i.e. your URL), however for some users who already have an existing website and may just be adding a blog feature, they may want to install WordPress in a sub-directory, called ‘blog’, for example. In this case, you will fill in the ‘Install in directory’ box with the name of the subdirectory in which you want WordPress installed. Otherwise, leave the ‘Install in directory’ box empty.

Fill in a few additional fields, such as what you want your username and password to be to access your WordPress admin panel (this is NOT the same as your cpanel – the WordPress admin panel is accessed via the URL http://www.yoursitename.com/wp-admin) and click the button at the bottom of the screen that says, ‘Install WordPress’ and you are done!

You now have a working installation of WordPress installed on your website and you can begin to explore the features and administrator’s controls that allow you to post, edit and update information using the full power of the most widely used blogging software online.

Next, we’ll explore how to change the default WordPress theme to something a little more attractive. Until next time, I hope you are starting to earn some killer income online from your own websites and blogs!

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