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Step 3: How to Install WordPress with a Web Host

Our next step in building a website is to install WordPress.  WordPress is a fantastic Content Management System (CMS) that allows website owners to easily add and change content.  Over 60 million websites run WordPress.  WordPress isn’t just for blogs, it’s an awesome platform suited for most small businesses and organizations to quickly get a fully functional website up and running.  In fact, in August 2011, nearly 25% of all active websites in the US were powered by WordPress.

In Step 2 we set up a hosting account with MDD Hosting.  Now, we’ll install WordPress so we can get started building our site.  Navigate to the Support page and click on the Number of Product/Services link (see example below).

MDD Hosting Account Overview

You will be taken to the “My Products and Services” page.  Click on the “View Details” button.

MDD Hosting Services Page

From the plan page click the “Login to CPanel” button.

MDD Hosting Log Into CPanel

From the CPanel screen, look for “Software/Services” window.  Click on “Softaculous”.  This will take you to a new page where we can execute a script to install WordPress.

Softaculous Script

Place your cursor (mouse) over the WordPress button and click “Install”.

Softaculous WordPress Script

Next you’ll be prompted for some basic installation settings.  I take most of the defaults.  You can go ahead and enter a Site Name and Site Description.    You will also choose a site Username and Password (don’t forget to record these somewhere safe).  You will also put in an email address.  This address will be used by WordPress to send you notifications or password resets.  At the bottom you should put in your email and check the box to be emailed with installation instructions.  Save this email for future reference.  Click “Install”.

WordPress Setup Options2

A script will run for 1-2 minutes to install WordPress. When the script finishes you will see a successful confirmation (shown below).

WordPress Setup Confirmation


We are getting closer.  We now have a base installation of WordPress.  However, you cannot go to your website just yet.  We need to point your GoDaddy URL to the WordPress site you just installed.  We’ll do that in Step 4.

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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