How to Install Wordpress, Part 1. Settings

April 4, 2009 by lindac

If you Google “how to install wordpress” you’ll find a whole lot of pages that instruct you on the difficult way to install wordpress. You’ll find instructions to set up your MySQL database, add database users, set permissions, and so on. That’s how to install wordpress the hard way. This is the easy way. All you need is a webhost that supports cpanel.

A. How to Install Wordpress In Cpanel

  1. Log into your Cpanel.
  2. Click Fastastico –> Wordpress (left column) –> New Installation. Fill in the blanks and follow the on screen prompts.
    • Note 1: If you want the blog to appear when you type in your domain name, ignore the “folder name” box. Using a folder name will make the blog appear at domain.com/foldername
    • Note 2: Admin name shows when you post, so use something like J.Doe or whatever you want visitors to your site to see in the “posted by” area…
  3. In the last screen, you’ll be able to email the login info to yourself. Do that!

B. Choose Your Wordpress Theme

  1. Log into your Wordpress Admin at www.domain.com/wp-admin
  2. Go to Appearance –> themes and click on any theme to activate. We’ll go over how to change themes in a separate tutorial. For now, choose one of the available themes.

C. Wordpress Settings

  1. Go to –> Posts –> Categories. Create the categories you need. You can add to these later. Save
    • Note: If you’re building a small niche site, create only one category, using your primary keyword
  2. Go to –> Settings –> Writing –> at bottom of page, paste in ping list. Save.
  3. Go to –> Settings –> Reading. Set: Blog shows 5 posts, feeds show 10 (full text)
    • Note: If you’re building a small niche site, set the main page to show 1 post
  4. Go to Settings –> Discussion. If you’re building a niche site and don’t want comments open, uncheck the 3rd box. If you’re running a content site or traditional blog and do want comments, change the ‘comment moderation’ (middle of page) to hold comments that contain (3) or more links.
  5. Go to –> Settings –> Permalinks. Set to custom: /%category%/%postname%. Save

D. Creating Pages You’ll Need

  1. Go to –> Pages –> Add New. Add a page called Contact. (leave it empty for now) Publish.
  2. Go to –> Pages –> Add New. Add a page called map. (leave it empty for now) Publish.
  3. Go to –> Pages –> Add New. Add a page called policies. (leave it empty for now) Publish.

»» Click for Part 2; Adding Plugins

Plugins are little programs that extend the functionality of your wordpress blog. Plugins can add a contact form, speed up your loading time and much more.

24 Comments »

  1. Gary Simpson said :
    April 6, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Hi Linda,

    This is very helpful and on behalf of all your “students” (LOL) I thank you.

    Now, what’s this about you getting some dreadful flu/allergy? I’m thinking maybe you need to get yourself on a nice exercise program like yours truly - 1/2 to 3/4 hour of aerobic and weight resistance with maybe some yoga and tai chi thrown in will do you the WORLD of good! OK, mini-lecture over.

    I’m liking what you are doing on these pages. The little graphics below are rather amusing. And I see that darn frog is back above - LOL!

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

    Gary

  2. Wendy Wood said :
    April 6, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Hey Linda

    Hope you’re feeling better. I get sinus problems too so I know what you’re going through.

    Well, upon reading your list above, I find I didn’t know half the things I thought I knew! This will be invaluable when I set up my new site.

    By the way, where would I get a ‘ping list’.

    Thanks a lot.
    Wendy

  3. Nikki said :
    April 6, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hi Linda,

    I’ve just emailed you to say thanks for this & to say that I hope you’re feeling better soon…take a hot water bottle to bed & a cup of tea & have a really good sleep…always works! (Ok, so maybe I’m not a doctor - but hey, it works for me!).

    Speak to you soon,

    Nikki

  4. lindac said :
    April 6, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Gary… you’re very welcome. And I do; 30-45 minutes on the machines every morning. I have my own exercise room because I like being able to work out and then hit my own shower after. I confess I skipped working out for the first 2 days when my head felt like a bobble head doll. Glad you like the little graphics below. lol.

    Wendy… sinus problems are NO fun. None. Nada. Zero. Zippo. Not fun. lol. I’ve posted a ping list - you’ll find it in the right column under “resources.” Eventually, this place will have a ton of resources and help.

    Nikki… thanks for the email! Agreed - tea helps.

  5. Gary Simpson said :
    April 6, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    Yo Linda!

    Glad to hear you are doing that (exercise). Too many “computer people” don’t get anywhere near enough exercise. Consistency! That is the key. Blowing my own trumpet here (duh! What else is new, huh? PMSL - thinking of quoting myself from somewhere too just for a bit of icing) but I haven’t missed a single day in over 7 years!

    Anyway, um, NOTHING to do with the thread of your blog here - but trying to look after your wellbeing (which is more important) - Japanese GREEN tea in a pot will flush the toxins.

    Gary

  6. Gary Simpson said :
    April 6, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    PS: Feel free to come over and hijack my blog whenever you want…

  7. lindac said :
    April 6, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    7 years - has it been that long since you broke your arm? I remember that. You were emailing me, typing with one hand and cursing a blue streak at how bl**dy inconvenient it was. lol. btw, I alternate between Japanese green & organic mint.

  8. Gary Simpson said :
    April 6, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Nope! Like the maniac I am I exercised even with my crook arm. I woke up @4.30am on the day of surgery to get that day done coz I knew I was gonna be anaesthetized and useless after surgery. Then the VERY next day I was back into it - the pain was *out-of-this-world* (like bl**dy self-torture) but I did it. (Get the violins out - LOL!) and the nurses were FURIOUS with me. Even sent the sister in to “talk” to me - useless, of course!

    And I (more violins, add trumpets, drums etc) did 330,000 repetitions to rebuild the arm even stronger than it was before I injured it. I charted the whole lot too!

    My surgeon said he had never seen such a rapid recovery - even from professional soccer players in Germany where he did 100’s & 100’s of similar ops. I ended up giving him a copy of my exercise charts so he could show other people how I did it - though I expect NONE of them would ever bother to follow that act!

    Oh, and I am a REAL TREAT to sit next to on a plane when my exercises are weighing on my mind - PMSL! When I am confined like that I am a real dog and I have a book of karate katas that I read over and over again to do it mentally - a bit of Dr Maltz’s Psycho Cybernetics brain training there.

    Anyway, that’s me.

    I hope you are feeling much better. You seem to be in good spirits. That’s the main thing.

    Also, I just LOVE Japanese green tea! I drink at least a pot every day. I have a Japanese tea set with the little cups and I sip it while I am working at my desk.

    Um, sorry to get you so off-track here. Swinging it back…

    Looking forward to the next Golden Ladder lesson. I MUST get that domain name purchased. I’m still tossing a few names around but I have to say that one that you came up with will take some beating. That is probably why I am procrastinating - I’m trying to better it! Maybe I will just have to (begrudgingly) admit that yours is as good as it gets - LOL!

    Take care.

    Gary

  9. lindac said :
    April 6, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    I MUST get that domain name purchased. I’m still tossing a few names around but I have to say that one that you came up with will take some beating. That is probably why I am procrastinating - I’m trying to better it!

    Hmm. Then again, *I* could just register it. You know, to use as an affiliate. Or something. lol

  10. Nikki said :
    April 6, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    @9 - Linda - a most amusing idea!

  11. lindac said :
    April 6, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Nikki… wouldn’t he freak? lol. Darn tempting.

  12. Nikki said :
    April 6, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Exactly! That’s the whole point! I’m sure you’d feel much better for it as well…

    I do have quite a devious streak!

  13. Hilary Dickinson said :
    April 6, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Hi Linda

    I’ve just had a quick red through of all of this - I can see that I will need to go and do a few things to my blog. But that will have to wait until tomorrow - I’m too tired to do it now!

    Glad to hear that you are feeling better and drinking the tea (a cup of tea and sleep always helps me so I agree with Nikki!

    Hilary

  14. Gary Simpson said :
    April 7, 2009 at 12:42 am

    Oh Linda and Nikki…

    You two are just so FUN-NY! Like why-oh-why would you wanna waste $10-$20 on doing that anyway? Oh… I see… to provoke me. Ah! Really good move to aggravate a bloke who would do ANYTHING 330,000 times.

    Good grief!

  15. lindac said :
    April 7, 2009 at 1:17 am

    Exercises you can DO 330,000 times.
    Registering a particular domain name? Once.

    heh

  16. Gary Simpson said :
    April 7, 2009 at 1:37 am

    Oh Crikey Moses!

    If you saw what I am being confronted with here - EVERY man and woman and their respectives dogs want something off me at the moment. I don’t have time even to scratch myself.

    At times I just think my head is gonna explode with the requests and demands that are put on me - from EVERY direction - on and off the net.

    And when I don’t act almost immediately I have emails and phone calls asking me when I am gonna do it. Then I DO whatever it is and those people go away. A week later I ask them how did such and such go and guess what? They haven’t even looked at the effen thing so MOST people are just annoying me with falsely urgent things to do. It’s bloody crazy beyond crazy, not to mention infuriating.

    So, I just put things on a list and when I get around to doing them I get around to doing them. If somebody asks too often they just go to the bottom of the list.

    With the domain name, as you know, I like to think about things before I make a decision like that.

    Gary

  17. lindac said :
    April 7, 2009 at 2:06 am

    I hear you. I’ve received 1,075 emails so far this month. (yes, in 6 days - today is the 6th) According to my Eudora (email) Stats, I receive over 3700 emails/month (average) and I spend an average of 60.41 hrs/month replying to email. That doesn’t yet include phone calls or “doing the work.” So, yup, I get it.

    I figure the more we have on our plate, the more responsibility we have to choose our priorities wisely. I look at all the things on my plate and ask myself, which paves the way for where I want to go? Which is busy and which is productive?

    I read this book, called The Power of Choice.
    It talks good sense. ;)

  18. Gary Simpson said :
    April 7, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Oh Linda!

    That last bit really made me laugh - THANKS! I do appreciate comments like that.

    BTW, just replied to your email so your stat just went up to 1,076! (sorry)

    Gary

  19. Nikki said :
    April 7, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    I read a quote the other day that I think would be pertinent here - something along the lines of:

    Whenever you are faced with various tasks, look at them and ask yourself - ‘will doing this ultimately get me to where I want to be?’

    The basic point being - if it isn’t going to help progress your business or your life - then don’t do it! If only I would take my own advice.

    Or maybe it was Mae West’s quote “when faced with 2 evils, I always pick the one I haven’t tried yet”.

    Easy mistake to make…

    Nikki

  20. Ken Garrett said :
    April 8, 2009 at 8:40 pm

    Linda &/or Gary,
    Registering the domain name then listing it for sale would make thing very interesting/testy LOL.

    On a more serious note, is there an easy way to add html code in the text widgets of the neoclassical theme to place 2 buttons of equal size side by side? I have several products I want tto place in the sidebar but I would rather not stack them all vertically. I know how to place them to the right, left or center but not how to locate them side by side. Thanks

  21. lindac said :
    April 9, 2009 at 2:25 am

    Ken… the easiest way would be to drag in a text widget and then use a table inside the widget to put the images side by side. Like this;

    [table width="" cellpadding="1" cellspacing="0" border="0"]
    [tr]
    [td] image here [/td]
    [td] image here [/td]
    [/tr]
    [/table]

    Notes:
    1) Change square brackets to html brackets
    2) Make the table width equal to the width of the column you’re pasting into.

    That should do the trick.

  22. Gary Simpson said :
    April 9, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Ken,

    It does help to ask somebody who is a coding expert.

    Regarding your opening comment are you referring to site flipping? ie build it quick, get some traffic and flog it (er sell it - LOL).

    And Ken? When are we gonna get to see this new bonzari site of yours?

    Gary

  23. Ken Garrett said :
    April 9, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Linda,

    Thanks for your help! When I finish accumulating the product buttons I will try to appply your instruction to arrange them.

    Gary,
    I just meant that Linda should go ahead and register the domain you have been procrastinating with then place it in a GoDaddy auction. I sounded like a good way to pick up a little extra cash ;) and create a bit of angst!

    The site is pretty common other than the flash that Linda has given us to put in the background. I am just attempting to gather a collection of noncompeting products that all relate to the topic. It is my hope that once I get someone to the site they may find a product that previously they failed to realize they could not live without. If you are interested it is http://gonebassfishing.com .

    Ken

  24. Gary Simpson said :
    April 9, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Ken!

    How cruel. But… sorry to say TGM has already registered it. Linda’s barb above about 330,000 versus 1 stung me into action.

    OK. I’m off to do some bass fishing.

    Gary

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