OK. So I’ve explained how to register a domain name with NameCheap.com. I’ve also explained how to change the Domain Name Servers of the domain name to those of my favorite webhost: LeaseHost.
Next, I’ve explained how to add the domain name to my Cpanel Account as an Addon Domain Name. To put it simply, my domain name is all configured and I’m all set to start building my WordPress Website.
So what’s the next step? It’s installing the WordPress Software onto the domain name in order to start building the WordPress Website.
So, to begin, let’s head over back to my Cpanel account and start the process.
I fire up a web browser such as Google Chrome and type in: www.platinumrecipescollection.com/cpanel
I’m then prompted for my username and password, which I input, and click the “Log In” Button and I’m in my Cpanel Account.
So how do I go about installing WordPress onto my newly configured Domain Name? As I mentioned before, my Cpanel account is organized under the following headings:
- Marketgoo Marketing Tools
- Sitepad Website Builder – Themes
- Softaculous Apps Installer
WordPress is a software, but it also be called an “App,” since it is a “web application.” The WordPress Software or application is installed using the “Softaculous App Installer.”
So, in order to start installing WordPress on my domain name, I can look either under “Software” or “Softculous Apps Installer.”
Under the “Software” heading, I will find “Softaculous.” Under “Softaculous Apps Installer,” I will find the “WordPress” icon.
I can also find the “WordPress Icon by clicking “Softaculous Apps Installer” under “Software.” Both lead to the WordPress Software, however, the “Softaculous Apps Installer” heading is a shortcup to all applications installed using Softaculuous Apps Installer.
So let’s go ahead and click the “WordPress” Button under the Softaculous Apps Installer” heading.
I click the WordPress button and I’m taken straight to the WordPress installation page.
Let’s take a closer look at that beautiful description of the WordPress Software.
Now isn’t that beautiful? And it’s true!
Great! Let’s go ahead and click the “Install Now” button.
The above picture shows the top part of the screen that loads after I click the “Install Now” button. As you can see, it gives me a set of options to choose for my new WordPress installation.
First, the set of asks me to choose the “protocol.” The protocol options are:
What’s the difference between all these? First of all, the ones with “www” is just a longer way of saying the same thing. You may leave “www.” out of your domain address, but it’s not such a good idea since “www” is the “famous” acronym for “world wide web.”
Then there’s “http” versus “https.” This is a crucial choice. As you know, there are hackers out there. There are people creating virus with the aim of stealing information and bringing down websites. You want to protect your website and make it secure. That’s the point of the “https” protocol. The added “s” stands for “secure.” With the “https” protocol, all information is “encrypted when it moves across the internet highway. That makes it tough for hackers to break into a site, infect it with a virus or steal information.
Needless to say, I’d want to choose the “https” protocol, and my choice would be “https://www.”
But here’s where things get complicated. Before I can choose the https protocol, my domain must have an SSL certificate installed.
As you can see in the picture above, it clearly states that I should choose “https” if my domain has an SSL certificate installed.
So, it’s important that I stop this tutorial here and go about explaining “how to install an SSL certificate onto a domain from your Cpanel.”
So, see you in the next lesson “How to Install an SSL Certificate onto a Domain” and then we come back here to continue our WordPress Installation.