How to Install WordPress On Your Domain? [Beginners Guide]

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If you have purchased a domain and your brain is going super crazy thinking about how you can install WordPress on your domain and what steps to be followed during that process

Then this beginner guide will clear all your doubts, and by the end of this process, you will be comfortable installing WordPress all by yourself on your later domains.

Since you can install WordPress multiple ways, we will also look at the several ways you can install WordPress on your domain.

Installing WordPress on your domain is a different pleasure and achievement if you’re installing it for the first time.

But before we start diving deep into it, there’s something I want to talk about a lot of beginners make a mistake while installing WordPress and configuring it.

Introduction to Installing WordPress on Your Domain

There are two different WordPress portals: WordPress.com and WordPress.org.

And because of this, most people who are new to WordPress end up selecting the wrong portal without knowing many differences between them.

As it is quite understandable that one can easily get confused between these two portals, we’ll look at the significant differences between them, which will eventually help beginners choose the correct one before they start installing WordPress.

Also, what if I tell you that having your blog/site running on WordPress.com will do more harm than good even though it provides access to the WordPress platform.

Keep reading till the end, and you will figure out which platform you will choose.

Pros and Cons of Hosting Site on WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a hosting service created by a company called Automattic that has a WordPress platform pre-installed but comes with different pricing plans.

With different pricing plans, you can guess in advance that there would be limitations too. So, let’s see some of the pros and cons of it.

WordPress.com Pros:

WordPress.com is great for people just starting with blogging as the free platform offers 3GB of storage. Post that, one has to upgrade to either Premium or Business plan.

WordPress will take care of all your updates and backup as they appear in your dashboard. You are no longer required to manually update your themes, plugins, or even WordPress software.

WordPress.com Cons:

WordPress.com comes with a lot of cons as well. Below are some of the disadvantages listed below:

  • If you opt for the free WordPress.com plan, you won’t be able to create your online presence because all you get is a subdomain. For example, it would be xyz.wordpress.com, so all the hits that your site receives will be recorded to wordpress.com, the primary domain you don’t own. To have a custom domain, you have to upgrade a plan.
  • The Free WordPress plan puts ads all-around your site that you cannot remove and all the revenue from it goes to WordPress only.
  • You are not allowed to extend the functionality of your site by installing or uploading plugins. Plus, you are not allowed to make any customizations to your site. You have to live with it forever until you decide to upgrade it to a higher plan.
  • The free plan doesn’t allow you to perform advanced optimizations to your site to help Google rank your site better.
  • You are not allowed to integrate Google Analytics into your site as well.

You might have understood the differences between the two WordPress portals and which one is beneficial for you.

I bet. It’s wordpress.org. Right?

How to Install WordPress from wordpress.org?

If you have reached this section, I guess you have finally decided.

As we have seen the limitations of WordPress.com above, I’ll not recommend that in case you are just starting. I recommend you always go for WordPress.org as WordPress.org provides you with the software package that you can install on your hosting panel and use to its full potential without any limitations.

In the coming sections, we will see how you can install WordPress from wordpress.org. But let me tell you a little more about the WordPress.org website.

WordPress.org is the original source for WordPress. It is a repository for the official releases of WordPress and gives users an easy way to download and install the most recent version of WordPress.

WordPress.org is used by millions of websites and blogs. The site hosts the WordPress software and thousands of free themes and plugins that you can use to customize your website or blog in minutes.

So, If you also want to run your blog/site on WordPress, we have a comprehensive guide that will tell you how to install WordPress in your domain without having any technical knowledge.

Now let us begin with the tutorial.

There are several on how you can install WordPress on your domain.

Things You Will Need Before Installing WordPress:

  1.  Your domain name. It can be .com, .info, .in depending upon your need.
  2.  Good Web Hosting account that knows WordPress. There are a whole lot of hosting providers available on the Internet. You can go out there and research what hosting provider suits you the best. But we recommend you to use HostGator or Bluehost.

If you are wondering how to create a hosting account, I recommend you read the below section first:

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Install WordPress Using Softaculous cPanel

Installing WordPress via Softaculous is one of the most preferred methods due to its ease in setting up a WordPress.

This section will see how to install WordPress using softaculous in cPanel. Softaculous is a free software component that comes with most hosting accounts.

Once you are provided with your hosting account, log in to your cPanel. Most good hosting providers like Big Rock, Go Daddy, and others will have a similar cPanel like this which I have provided in the screenshot below.

install wordpress using softaculous cpanel

Now look for the Software/Services category, find the software named Softaculous, and click on it. See the image below. 

Softaculous software allows hosting companies to offer one-click install for many scripts, including WordPress. To use Softaculous, your hosting provider must have this software installed on their server.

Softaculous
Softaculous Apps Installer

After clicking on the Sotaculous icon, it will redirect you to the softaculous dashboard, in which you will see on the left-hand panel that there are a lot of software categories. Click on Blog Category and then select WordPress.

Softaculous   Powered by Softaculous

The installation process of WordPress will require you to fill in some vital information related to your site.

The first thing is to choose the domain name you want to install WordPress on. Next is to provide the directory to install the WordPress in. If you’re going to install the WordPress to be in the root directory of your site, then you need to leave the directory field blank.

For example, if you have provided wp as the directory, all the other links will appear, followed by /wp like www.yourdomain.com/wp/your-site-link. And if you leave the directory field blank, your site would appear as www.yourdomain.com/your-site-link. I guess now you have a clear view of the directory field.

Next is to create the database name as this will be invisible to others; you can put anything on it. Next is to choose the table Prefix to something else rather than keeping it to _wp. This enhances an extra security level for your WordPress blog/site.

WordPress installation 2

Next is to enter your site name and description and leave the WPMU box unchecked since this is a simple WordPress installation unless you know what you are doing.

Going next to the Admin Account Details, you have to provide the Username, Password, and E-mail for the site of which Username and Password are required while logging in to the site.

It is highly recommended not to keep the default username and password as “admin“. Create something original and a strong password too.

Once you are done with this and wish to receive the installation details in your mail, provide the desired e-mail address in the “e-mail installation details to” field, and click install.

Once you click the install button, WordPress will be installed on your site within seconds, and you are now ready to go. After that, you need to go to www.yourdomain.com/wp-login.php and enter the username and password you have provided during the installation process.

Once you are logged in, you are provided with your WordPress dashboard.

FAQs

What is web hosting?

Just like your house, where you keep all your household items, in the same way, web hosting is a personal space for all your domains. All files related to your website, like images, documents, themes, plugins, etc., will reside in your hosting.

Is hosting and a domain name similar?

No, web hosting and domain name are two different things, and they both work together. You purchase domain names and web hosting separately and connect your domain to the web hosting.

Can WordPress be installed on any domain?

Yes, WordPress is a software package and can be installed on any domain. Every hosting provider now comes with a pre-installed WordPress software package that needs to be configured for use.

What to choose, WordPress.com or WordPress.org?

Both are related to the WordPress platform, but WordPress.org provides you with a free software package that can be installed on any hosting, and you have complete control of your site. WordPress.com is a hosting service that provides access to the WordPress platform but with several limitations until you upgrade it.

Conclusion

WordPress is an excellent platform for your blog or even a website. It is easy and beginner-friendly. With more and more beginners wanting to start their blog, WordPress is an excellent platform.

As discussed above, choosing the right platform is a critical and crucial step that one has to take at the beginning of setting up the blog, as this will measure the blog’s success.

WordPress.org provides a free “WordPress” software suite that can be downloaded and installed on any hosting panel.

Also, now as you have installed WordPress, the next step would be to explore WordPress.

If you are facing any issues installing WordPress on your site, let us know in the comment below, and we’ll try to help you out ASAP.

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