Installing WordPress

Steps

WordPress is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) that can be used for setting up a blog, website, shop, and more. In fact, it’s one of the most popular CMS’s on the web, used by approximately 29% of all websites. Installing WordPress on Domain of One’s Own takes very little time, and requires no knowledge of code. 

Navigating to WordPress in Installatron

Installatron is the application that allows you to install various softwares onto your domain, subdomain, and/or subdirectory. 

Once logged in to Domain of One’s Own, you’ll be redirected to your cPanel. If you aren’t, then navigate to Manage Your Account > Dashboard in the topmost navigation bar. 

When you are in cPanel, look for Installatron Applications Installer under the section called Software

    

Once you are in Installatron, you will see a tab near the top called Applications Browser (it has a star above it). Navigate to that tab. Scroll down to the Apps for Content Management section, and click the WordPress icon.

Screenshot of WordPress logo in cPanel

The page you are directed to gives you more information about WordPress. Click Install this Application in the top right to go to the WordPress installation page.
Screenshot of Install this application button in Installatron

WordPress Installation Settings

There are four sections on the Installation page that need your input. We recommend that you keep the rest of the default settings.

  • Location
  • Content
  • Administrative Information
  • Course/Project & Status

Location
Before installing, you will select where to place the application. Select where it will be on your domain, either on a subdomain or your main domain. You also have the option of installing WordPress in a subdirectory by typing in a name in the Directory field. You can learn about subdomains and subdirectories here.

Screenshot of Choosing the Install Location in Installatron

Content
Under the Version section, you’ll see options for templates under Content. You may find these useful if you don’t want to start from scratch.

  1. Give me a clean WordPress install (I’ll add my own content!)
  2. A template for students – A template that can help you start building out a personal or professional site.
  3. Faculty Course Blog – This is a template for faculty who want to have students blogging on the site as users.
  4. Faculty Course Site – This is a template for faculty that would like to have a model of course site.

Administrative Information
In the Settings sections, you will want to change the Administrator Username and Password. These are the credentials for logging into the WordPress site you are creating. The UMW email address does not have to be changed, and neither does the Site Title and Tagline. You may name your site now or later in your WordPress Dashboard. If you choose to name your site now, you must have a tagline. WordPress will not install without one. You may change or delete your tagline later in the WordPress Dashboard.

Screenshot of Administrative Information for WordPress Install

Course/Project & Status
The last settings that are unique to to your install are your course or project and status. If you are using WordPress in a course, you should see it in the Course/Project dropdown menu. If you do not see it, please alert DTLT at dtlt@umw.edu. If you are not using this WordPress installation for a course, you can leave the dropdown at Uncategorized. In the Status dropdown menu, please select your status at the University.

Screenshot of Course and Status in Installatron

Once you have completed those sections and left the rest of the default settings, you click Install Now.

Install Progress
The installer will take just a few moments to install WordPress, and a progress bar will keep you updated. When it is complete you will see a link to your new WordPress site in your My Applications area in Installatron.

Uninstalling WordPress

If you want to take a down a WordPress site and all the content on it, you will have to uninstall the site installation in Installatron. There are only 3 easy step to this process! 

  1. Log in to Domain of One’s own at umw.domains.
  2. In cPanel, look for My Application in the section called Web Applications. Your should see your installations there. Click on View more. 
  3. Once you see all of your installations, click in the checkbox off to the side next to the site you want to uninstall. After the checkbox is checked, click on the X icon.

Cloning a WordPress Site

If you really like the layout or design or content on one of your sites, you can copy that onto a new site. For example, if you like they way you’ve styled a theme and want an exact copy of the theme for a new site, you could clone your site to achieve that. 

A clone of a site will be an exact copy of the original site. All of the themes, styling, plugins, and content will be copied to a new site. Deleting content in a cloned site is not nearly as time consuming as treating to replicate a site manually. An exmaple of why you would clone a site is to keep all of your course or course-related websites consistent and unified. Another example is to have a copy of a site to work on, redesign, etc. while the original site stays up for the time being so users never land on a blank site.

A clone will not replace or delete the original site. 

Like uninstalling a WordPress site, there are only 3 steps necessary for cloning a site in Installatron. 

  1. Log in to Domain of One’s own at umw.domains.
  2. In cPanel, look for My Application in the section called Web Applications. Your should see your installations there. Click on View more. 
  3. Once you see all of your installations, click in the checkbox off to the side next to the site you want to uninstall. After the checkbox is checked, click on the double down arrows icon.

Logging into WordPress

There are three easy ways to log in to your WordPress site. 

  • Through Domain of One's Own
  • Navigating to the Login Link Directly
  • On Your WordPress Site

Through Domain of One’s Own
You will not need to know your WordPress site credentials.

  1. Log in to Domain of One’s own at umw.domains.
  2. In cPanel, look for My Application in the section called Web Applications. Your should see your installation there. If you have several installations, you may need to click on View More. 
  3. Once you are at your installation, click on the second link under the Installation name. The link ends with /wp-admin.
  4. This will automatically log you into your WordPress site. 

    Screenshot of WordPress login link in Installatron

Navigating to the Login Link Directly
You will need to know your website’s URL and WordPress site credentials.

  1. Type in your website’s URL and add /wp-admin at the end, (e.g., umwdtlt.com/wp-admin).
  2. Log in with the username and password you created when installing that specific WordPress site.

On Your WordPress Site
You will need to know your website’s URL, WordPress site credentials. and have the Meta widget somewhere on your site, (e.g., the sidebar, footer).

  1. Navigate to your website. 
  2. Locate your Meta widget area and click on Log In.
  3. Log in with the username and password you created when installing that specific WordPress site.

Screenshot of Meta Area on WordPress site