Installing WordPress

Once you’ve been set up with a Domain of One’s Own account, you’ll be able to install a number of different applications to help you create a website or repository online. WordPress is just one example, but it’s the most popular content management system on the web today, so it’s a great choice if this is your first website.

Step 1: Launch the Installer #

In cPanel, under the Applications section, look click on WordPress. This will launch the application installer where you can read about what WordPress is and decide if it’s the right content management system for you.

screenshot of WordPress application in cPanel
Fig. 1

Once you’re ready to go, click Install this application on the right:

Screenshot of  Installatron "install this application" button
Fig. 2

Step 2: Choosing the settings #

You’ll now be taken to a settings configuration page. Here you can choose where you want to install this instance of WordPress.

Location #

When installing WordPress you’ll be presented with several options of places to install. The first thing we recommend, whether installing at your root directory or a subdomain, is that you install your WordPress application at the https location. You’ll have to select this from the drop down options (fig. 3).

In the example below if we are installing at our root directory we would choose https://umwthinklab.com.

screenshot of domain location dropdown
Fig. 3

Root Directory #

By default WordPress will want to install at your root directory (that is your main URL, http://yourdomain.com) and append the word “blog” as a directory (Fig. 4).

screenshot of location directory
Fig. 4

This means that the application will be at the URL https://yourdomain.com/blog. We highly recommend removing the word blog from the URL.

screenshot of removing location director
Fig. 5

Subdomain #

Before you install your WordPress application in a subdomain you’ll first need create a subdomain. Please follow our “Create a Subdomain” guide for these steps.

Next in the location drop down you’ll select the https version of the subdomain you’ve created (fig. 6).

screenshot of installing at subdomain
Fig. 6

Additionally, by default WordPress will append “blog” as a directory. This means that the application will be at the URL https://subdomain.yourdomain.com/blog. We highly recommend removing the word blog from the URL (fig. 7).

screenshot of subdomain install.
Fig. 7

Version #

By default WordPress will install the latest version of WordPress. You should keep this as is. Additionally, WordPress will also give you options for updates (fig. 8). We recommend keeping the default options as this is the best way to keep your WordPress site secure through automatic updates.

WordPress installatron version options
Fig. 8

Settings #

You can leave the account name and password as they are, as you’ll only ever need to use your university login credentials to access your Domain of One’s Own cPanel dashboard.

Then, just give your blog/website a name and description. Don’t worry you can change this later if you don’t know what you want to title your site.

Leave the Limit Login Attempts, Multisite and Advanced Setting Management defaults as they are for the installation (fig. 9).

Fig. 9

Once you hit the end click Install button. It will take a minute for the application to install.

That’s it! I’ve successfully installed WordPress!

Launching WordPress #

You’ve now got a WordPress installation up and running. Anytime you want to work on your site, just log into your cPanel dashboard through the Domain of One’s Own website. Under Web Applications you’ll see your WordPress site. Clicking on that brings you to this screen, and the middle link opens up your WordPress dashboard where you can edit your site.


This content is adapted from the Coventry.Domains DoOO Support by Coventry.Domains which is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0

Reviewed by Em McPhee 9/21/21

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