These days you can get your website up and going with just a click. Literally.
WordPress, already one of the most popular website builders for beginners, is making it easier for everyone to claim their corner on the internet.
Thanks to WordPress’s 1-Click Installation option, setting up your website is easy and takes mere minutes. Conveniently, this feature is offered through most major web hosts.
Some small details may vary depending on the host you use, but here’s a simple step-by-step process to installing your website with WordPress 1-Click Install.
First, Get Your Domain
Before you launch a website, you’ll need an address. Your domain name is how users find you.
But to have a domain and a website, you’ll also need a hosting company. Depending on the hosting company and the plan you choose, you may be able to get your domain name for free.
You can also move an existing domain name to the hosting platform you decide to use. Sometimes the moving process (for both domain and website alike) can be lengthy. If you want to avoid the delay, consider acquiring your domain name from the web hosting company you plan to use.
Choose a Web Host
There’s a wide variety of web hosts out there. But if you’re building a WordPress website, it’s good to use a host that knows WordPress. Highly-rated companies include Bluehost, Host Gator, Dream Host, and Site Ground.
Each host has a different payment plan and offering of services. Be sure to check out reviews, especially as it comes to customer service. The last thing you want is for your website to go down with no one to turn to.
Use the 1-Click Install Feature
Once you’ve chosen your host and signed up, you’ll be able to create your WordPress website.
As mentioned earlier, the process can differ depending on which host you choose.
For example, Bluehost automatically creates a WordPress website for your domain when you sign up—making it the easiest way to install. To access your website, go to the ‘My Sites’ tab, and click through to your login and admin page.
For sites like Host Gator and Dream Host, login to your account and click on the ‘Quick Installation’ icon under the Software section. On the Site Builder’s page, click the WordPress button to launch the install wizard.
Then you’ll be asked to choose the corresponding domain for your page. If you purchased your domain through the hosting company, it should show up in the drop-down menu.
Following your domain selection, you’ll need to include some additional information about your website and yourself.
According to WP Beginner, you’ll need to provide a website title, admin username, first and last name, and an admin email address.
Best Practices for WordPress Information
When you input this information, it’s important to keep security in mind. Hackers tend to target “admin” as the administrator, so make sure to put a name or another word in its place. Likewise, with your password, be sure to follow best practices to keep your account secure. Make it case sensitive with a mixture of letters and numbers so it can’t be easily guessed.
When applicable, activate the “limit sign-in attempts” security feature. This ensures that someone (or something) attempting to infiltrate your website only has a couple of chances to do so.
Make sure the email address is accurate as this is where your WordPress login information and link will be sent once the website has finished installing.
Once you finish entering the required information, click “Install.” The install wizard will run in the background as it finishes creating your website. This process should take no more than a few minutes.
Regardless of the host, you’ll receive a confirmation. If you’re on Host Gator, you’ll be brought to an “Installation Complete” webpage. If you’re on Dream Host, they’ll send you a confirmation email with your login details.
Log-on to your WordPress Site
After you receive setup confirmation: go on and access your new site! Click the link on the webpage or in your confirmation email. You’ll arrive at the WordPress login page.
Enter the username and password you chose during the registration process. From there, you’ll be taken to your admin dashboard. Time to design the rest of your website!
WordPress is already popular for its ease of use, so their 1-Click Install process continues that trend for the 33% of users that prefer it.
This simple process requires essential information, but this feature makes it less complicated for users on-the-go, ones that want to get straight to building websites.
If you want to avoid the technological hassle, whether you’re building again or creating a website for the first time, then this easy process is right for you.