2021 January 14
Installing WordPress is really easy. Usually, it’s a one-step process. However, each provider has its own method so today I’m going to show you how to install WordPress with every major provider.
While WordPress installation is perhaps the easiest step in creating a website, each provider has their own way of doing that.
In this article, I'll teach you how to install WordPress with the most popular hosts.
On my list today:
You can also watch my video if you're more of a visual learner:
First of all, I want to say that Hostinger is one of the best providers in my opinion. They are extremely cheap, performance-focused, and easy to use.
So if you have Hostinger’s plan, your dashboard should look like this:
Simply click on Manage and you’ll find your main control panel.
You need to scroll down until you find Auto Installers icon. Click on that.
Once in, WordPress will be one of the first options. Click on Select.
Now, you need to fill in all the information – mainly your email, secure password, and website name. Don’t forget to click Install once you’re done.
After a couple of minutes, your WordPress installation will be ready.
To reach your WP-admin dashboard fastest, I recommend using /wp-admin/ after your website name in the address bar (e.g. mywebsitename.com/wp-admin/). Alternatively, there’s a WordPress login button in your Hostinger dashboard.
Time spent with Hostinger: 3 minutes.
SiteGround is a modern performance-focused provider that’s utilizing all the latest tech to deliver the best possible results. It’s one of the business options I often recommend.
So to install WordPress from your dashboard, click on Websites and choose New Website.
If you have a domain name already, you will need to click on Existing Domain and type in your website name. Alternatively, you can buy a domain or use a temporary one.
Now, to install a new WordPress, choose Start a New Website and select WordPress. You can also choose WooCommerce to be pre-installed on your account as well. You’ll need to fill in new login information and click on Finish.
Here you go, your WordPress installation with SiteGround is done.
To reach your website, you can use the button on your SiteGround SiteTools panel or you can simply add /wp-admin/ after your domain in the address bar.
Time spent with SiteGround: 5 minutes.
Bluehost is one of the most beginner-friendly options for a cheap price. So let’s see how difficult it makes to install WordPress (just kidding, it’s super simple).
In your dashboard, click on My Sites and find the Create button.
Now, simply type in what website name and maybe tagline you want and open the Advanced settings as well. Here, enter your email and think of user name as well as password and click Next.
Here, I recommend deselecting all of the free plugin options as they will make your website really heavy. Click Next once you do that and the rest will be done automatically.
Now you can reach the WordPress dashboard by clicking on Login to WordPress or simply adding /wp-admin next to your domain name.
Time spent with Bluehost: 3 minutes.
A2 Hosting implemented the fastest enterprise-level servers available and is offering the absolutely fastest shared hosting. On the other hand, they do need to improve the control panel as it’s quite difficult to navigate.
So here’s how to install WordPress with A2 Hosting.
First of all, you need to reach your control panel, so in the dashboard, click on the green cPanel Login button.
Once in, you’ll need to locate WordPress-A2 Optimized. Sometimes it is under Softaculous but in my case, there’s a shortcut directly in the panel. Make sure it says “A2 Optimized” as it’s the option with the A2 Hosting developed software to speed up your website.
If you found that, click on the blue Install button in the Softaculous interface.
Now, you’ll need to fill in information like your website name, description, and login info. A lot of this is optional but the absolute musts are – website name, your user name, and password.
Once done, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Install.
A couple of minutes in and you should be able to reach your WordPress dashboard by typing /wp-admin/ after your website name in the address bar.
Time spent with A2 Hosting: 6 minutes.
HostGator was implementing lots of changes to their panel in 2020 so it was often glitchy or broken completely. Right now, I wanted to reach cPanel and this was the window I got:
Yeah, not the best case. But don't get discouraged – HostGator is perfecting their control panel and it is already functioning way better. So it's a good option still, especially if you manage to score a big discount.
So in the dashboard, you can find this Install WordPress link. Click on that. You won't even need to open cPanel for this one.
You now have reached QuickInstall for the installation. Find WordPress and click Install WordPress once again.
And again, click on Install WordPress in this interface too.
Now, you’ll need to fill in some information like domain, email, first name, last name, and administrator username. Click Install WordPress once more (promise, it’s the last one).
Here HostGator will try to sell you some extra features but just say No, thanks. By the way, you don't need to be a web designer to click on that button.
By this time, installation should be complete and a big orange bar will appear with your login info. Do save this somewhere safe as this is the first and last time you will see this information.
A bunch of clicking around and the total time spent with HostGator: 7 minutes.
DreamHost WordPress installation is by far the easiest. The provider itself is quite cheap, stable, and reliable. I personally always enjoy using it.
So once you are in the dashboard, click on this Install WordPress button. And that’s it, the rest is done automatically.
However, the installation will take around 10 to 15 minutes, so patience is required.
Once it’s done, you can reach your WordPress site by going to Domains > Websites. Here’s every website you have with DreamHost.
Time spent with DreamHost: 15 minutes.
Like A2 Hosting, InterServer has a quite old and clunky interface but the service itself is great. Also, it’s one of the few options that don’t require paying big sums upfront as you can pick monthly billing.
So, let’s go through the installation.
First, in the first window after you log in, you’ll see your domain name. Click on it.
We reach your website’s management page. Locate the Login to cPanel button and click on it.
In cPanel, you’ll need to scroll down until you find a WordPress icon. Click on it.
From now, it’s a regular Softaculous WordPress installation so click Install Now.
Now you need to fill in information like your website name and login information. Also, make sure that the directory line is empty.
Once done, scroll down to the bottom and hit that Install button. In a couple of minutes, the installation will be complete and you’ll be able to access your website by typing in your website name followed by /wp-admin.
Total time spend with InterServer: 4 minutes.
The way how to install WordPress with every provider is almost the same and in 99.9% of the time – automatic. In fact, the times of manual installation are over and you're likely to never experience that. I personally only needed to do that once as a school assignment. Many years ago.
So what are the main takeaways?
It cannot get more simple than that. The time of installation will mostly depend on how much time the provider takes to do that automatically. Your manual work of entering all details will never take more than a couple of minutes.
Finally, good luck creating your site, and do leave your comments and questions down below!
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