Quick WordPress Installation Guide

Want to create your own website? Our Quick WordPress Installation Guide shows you how to create a professional website or blog with WordPress.

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Quick WordPress Installation Guide

This tutorial is part of our WordPress installation step-by-step training series, where we show you how to install a WordPress site or blog on your own domain name with no coding skills required.


In this tutorial, we provide a quick overview of the steps involved in installing and setting up a website with WordPress. This tutorial also assumes that you have no coding or web programming skills. If so, that’s great! You don’t need to be a coder or programmer to use WordPress (proof: this entire website was built by someone with “zero” coding skills using WordPress!)


Use this Quick WordPress Installation Guide if you have already done the following:

If you want to skip all of the above, this Quick WordPress Installation Guide will help you create a website or blog with WordPress quickly and easily. For example, you may already have an existing website hosted on another web platform (e.g. Drupal, Joomla, etc.) and have decided to migrate over to the WordPress platform and just need an overview of the steps involved.

If you are an absolute beginner and would like comprehensive, step-by-step tutorials that take you through the entire WordPress installation process with detailed instructions and hundreds of screenshots and show you exactly what to do every step of the way, then we recommend clicking on the links throughout the content below. You will be taken to additional tutorials in our WordPress Installation and WordPress Configuration tutorials.

No other WordPress tutorials are as comprehensive or provide the level of detail that we provide here at WPCompendium.org (and 100% free!)

Quick WordPress Installation Guide

This Quick WordPress Installation Guide comprises of five steps:

Step 1: Register A Domain Name And Set Up Web Hosting

Step 1: Register A Domain Name And Set Up Web Hosting

A domain name allows you to have your own web address (e.g. “yourbusinessname.com”) and a web hosting account is where you host your website files and allow users online to connect with your website.

A domain name costs around $10-$12 per year and you can get web hosting for as low as a few dollars per month. WordPress is 100% free and so are our free WordPress tutorials, so you can build your website for minimal cost and save thousands of dollars on web development costs.

We recommend installing WordPress on your own domain (learn why we recommend installing the self-hosted version of WordPress here), so the first step is to register a domain name and set up your web hosting account.

When purchasing a domain name for your WordPress site, you can use any domain registrar you like. We use and recommend GoDaddy.com. Their domain name management console is excellent and allows you to do things like set up nameservers quickly and easily.

For web hosting, you should compare different services and plans and then choose the web hosting provider that best suits your needs (e.g. shared vs dedicated hosting or managed WordPress hosting) and budget. We recommend choosing a hosting service that offers cPanel. Having access to cPanel makes installing WordPress and managing your web hosting account easy.

If you don’t know where to start, here is a list of web hosting service providers that offer reliable and affordable hosting, excellent support and cPanel access:

  • HostGator is one of the world’s most popular web hosting companies providing unmetered, reliable bandwidth and disk space for unlimited domains.
  • LiquidWeb is a premier web hosting provider specializing in managed dedicated servers, dedicated server hosting, VPS, shared web hosting and heroic support.
  • WPEngine offers robust and world-class infrastructure options for a variety of customer needs.
  • BlueHost – Bluehost provides fast and reliable website hosting with everything you need to get your website online quickly.
  • WPWebhost – WPWebHost is a WordPress hosting company specializing in hosting and supporting WordPress powered blogs.

We personally use LiquidWeb and host all of our websites on a dedicated server. We have been customers of LiquidWeb for many years and we love their service and “heroic” support.

We have also helped many businesses with smaller budgets set up their sites on HostGator and we recommend using their hosting services if you don’t mind setting up your website on a shared web hosting account.

For a superior managed WordPress webhosting service, we recommend looking at WPEngine plans.

If you decide to host with BlueHost, you will get excellent service and support and they’ll even throw in a domain name for free!

Step 2: Install WordPress Via Your Web Host

Step 2: Install WordPress Via Your Web Host

After you have set up your domain name and your web hosting account and configured your nameservers, do the following:

  1. Log into your web hosting account and go to your cPanel control panel
  2. Locate the “Scripts Installation” section. Inside this section, you should see a “1-click WordPress installation” button.
  3. Configure the “1-click WordPress installation” settings using the scripts’ setup wizard. You will be asked to enter details like installation directory, site title, site description, email account, etc.
  4. Click the button to automatically install WordPress on your domain.
  5. After  a few seconds, WordPress will be installed on your domain. You can then log into your WordPress dashboard and begin configuring WordPress settings for your new website or blog.

How To Install WordPress In 60 Seconds Or Less

The video below shows how to install WordPress on a brand new domain in less than 60 seconds using a webhost with cPanel and the Scriptaculous installation script …

If your 1-click WordPress installation fails, see this tutorial to install WordPress manually.

Step 3: Configure WordPress Settings

Step 3: Configure WordPress Settings

After logging into your brand new WordPress installation, you will want to configure and tweak your settings to make your website your own.

This includes:

A WordPress website works right “out of the box” and allows you to get started immediately after installation. However, if what you are really looking for are “results” and not just a website, then the secret to success with WordPress is knowing how to expertly configure your site.

We show you how to expertly configure your WordPress site!

(We show you how to expertly configure your WordPress site!)

At WPCompendium.org, we have developed a number of “blueprints” that you can use to build, grow, and manage a successful digital presence on your own … all 100% free to access and use!

Here are some of the blueprints we have developed to help you grow your business online with WordPress:

  • WordPress Digital Business Blueprint – Use this blueprint to help you develop a cost-effective online business strategy. We provide a flowchart that shows you how to save thousands of dollars in web development costs using WordPress.
  • WordPress Traffic Automation Blueprint – We have documented the entire step-by-step process we use to build expertly configured WordPress sites that will instantly notify search engines and automatically begin to drive traffic to your website as soon as you publish new content. Many professional web developers will charge you hundreds to thousands of dollars to build you a website, yet they will not expertly configure your site to deliver you these results. Our tutorials show you step-by-step how to create WordPress sites that deliver instant search engine indexing and automatic traffic generation, starting from this module.
  • Infinite Web Content Creation – Without a content marketing strategy and great content to attract visitors to your site, your website will just float around lost in the vastness of cyberspace like a ghost ship. We have developed a comprehensive 120-part content creation email course that you can plug into (again, 100% free!) to learn how to create and publish great content that will help you gain more exposure online, drive targeted visitors to your site, build authority, reputation, and credibility for your business and put you ahead of the competition.

As well as the above blueprints, we’ve also designed each of our WordPress training modules and the hundreds of tutorials included in these modules to take you step-by-step through the entire process of expertly building, configuring, using, managing, and growing your website.

Start simply, expand as you need, and tweak your site as much as you want. We’ll help you every step of the way.

Step 4: Choose A WordPress Theme

Step 4: Choose A WordPress Theme

Now that your WordPress site is installed and configured, it’s time to start looking outwardly.

You want a professional-looking website that will make a great first impression on your visitors. You can easily do this using WordPress Themes.

No matter what business you’re in or plan to start or what kind of website you want to build, WordPress makes available thousands of stunningly beautiful, fully responsive themes (works on all browsers and all devices) that you can easily install on your website with just one or two clicks directly from your WordPress dashboard …

No matter what business you're in there's a WordPress theme that's perfect for your needs!

(No matter what business you’re in there’s a WordPress theme that’s perfect for your needs!)

As mentioned in the last step, WordPress works right out of the box. This includes the default free theme that comes with every WordPress installation. In fact, WPCompendium.org is using the default WordPress installation theme right now!


We’ve decided to use the default WordPress theme on this site to make the point that with WordPress, you can build a digital presence without spending money on web design.

Of course, you don’t need to use the default theme. There are thousands of free and premium WordPress themes available. We recommend starting with a free WordPress theme, then upgrading to a “premium” WordPress theme once things actually start happening on your website (i.e. you are getting regular visitors and have actual market data to work with).

Most free WordPress themes are good enough to use and offer the option to upgrade to a premium version to unlock additional features, and most premium WordPress themes cost between US$30 – $100 (not hundreds or thousands of dollars!)

If you need help with WordPress themes, see the tutorials below:

Step 5: Create Pages And Add Content

Step 5: Create Pages And Add Content

Once you have decided on a theme for your new website, all that’s left is to create your web pages, add content for your visitors about your business, your products and services, etc. and launch!

The tutorials below will help you complete this step:

For a complete checklist of all the initial content you will need before launching your website and help creating pages and posts for your content, see the tutorial below:

Congratulations … You Have A New Website!

Hopefully, you have found our “Quick WordPress Installation Guide” useful. Follow the steps outlined above and you will have a professional WordPress site or blog for business or personal use up and running in no time that you can manage and grow on your own … without spending hundreds or thousands of dollars hiring outside experts!

After launching your new website, feel free to come back often and go through our comprehensive library of step-by-step tutorials to learn how to use WordPress. Once you have mastered how to use WordPress, you will be in the driver’s seat of your online business and can take your digital presence wherever you want it to go.

One More Thing …

WPCompendium.org is 100% Free! Use the tutorials yourself, or train your staff to help you manage your website and grow your business online. Even if you decide to outsource your website installation, configuration, and management to professionals, you can use the blueprints, checklists and the information on this website to make sure that the services you are paying for have been performed correctly.

If you have found this guide useful, please feel free to share WPCompendium.org with other businesses and online users.

Quick WordPress Installation Guide

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WordPress Installation Video Tutorials

Learn how to access our library of WordPress installation video tutorials.

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WordPress Installation Video Tutorials

WordPress Installation Video Tutorials

Although we have hundreds of video lessons to accompany our detailed written WordPress tutorials, due to licensing restrictions, we cannot display these videos for free on WPCompendium.org.

We do, however, provide an extensive library of video courses and video tutorials at WPMasterclasses.com.

WPMasterclasses.com gives you access to dozens of quality video courses and hundreds of video tutorials on WordPress and digital business skills with links to WPCompendium.org’s comprehensive WordPress step-by-step tutorials plus additional resources, downloadable templates, and more!

WPMasterclasses.com - Improve your digital business skills with quality video training courses at affordable prices!

(WPMasterclasses.com – Video courses on WordPress and digital business!)

At WPMasterclasses.com, you can find video courses related to planning and installing a WordPress site, like the ones listed below:

How To Use Softaculous

Softaculous - WPMasterclasses.com

(How To Use Softaculous video course)

Learn how to install WordPress on your domain using Softaculous.

To learn more about this video course, go here: How To Use Softaculous

How To Use cPanel

How To Use cPanel - WPMasterclasses.com

(How To Use cPanel)

This comprehensive video course shows you how to use cPanel to manage various aspects of your WordPress hosting.

To learn more about this video course, go here: How To Use cPanel

Build A WordPress Site … Fast!

How To Build A WordPress Site ... Fast! WPMasterclasses.com

(How To Build A WordPress Site … Fast!)

Learn how to quickly install and configure a WordPress website or blog with this video course!

To learn more about this video course, go here: How To Build A WordPress Site … Fast!

How To Use Amazon S3

How To Use Amazon S3

(How To Use Amazon S3 video course)

Learn how to set up and use Amazon S3 to upload, store, manage, and protect your site’s images, large media files, downloadable files, stream videos and more!

To learn more about this video course, go here: How To Use Amazon S3

How To Use FTP

How To Use FTP - WPMasterclasses.com

(How To Use FTP video course)

Learn how to use FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to upload and transfer files from your computer to your server.

To learn more about this video course, go here: How To Use FTP

Keyword Research Tools

Keyword Research - WPMasterclasses.com

(Keyword Research Tools – video course)

Google’s Keyword Planner is a great tool for doing keyword research and finding LSI or similar keywords to use in your articles and web content. This video course shows you how to do keyword research using tools like the Google Keyword Planner.

To learn more about this video course, go here: Keyword Research Tools

Google Tools

Google Tools - WPMasterclasses.com

(Google Tools)

This video course will help you learn the basics of using Google Tools like Google Analytics & Gmail.

To learn more about this video course, go here: Google Tools

Additional Video Courses

New video courses are regularly being added to WPMasterclasses.com. This includes videos on WordPress installation and website planning.

Scroll through the gallery below to view some of the video courses you can access on WPMasterclasses.com:

(WPMasterclasses.com – WordPress & Digital Business Video Courses)

Become A WPMasterclasses.com Member

WPMasterclasses.com also offers an ‘ALL ACCESS PASS’ membership that gives you 24/7 access to ALL video courses and video lessons and tutorials in our extensive video training library for one low annual subscription …

All Access Pass Membership - Unlimited Video Course Access

(All Access Pass Membership – Unlimited Video Course Access)

For more information about this special video course membership offer, go here:


This tutorial is part of our WordPress installation step-by-step training module, where we show you how to install a WordPress site or blog on your own domain name with no coding skills required.

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WordPress Installation Overview

This section provides an overview of the WordPress installation process and the step-by-step tutorials we recommend you follow to install a WordPress website or blog on your own domain.

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WordPress Installation OverviewThis tutorial is part of our WordPress installation step-by-step training module, where we show you how to install a WordPress site or blog with no coding skills required.


By now, you should already have an understanding of why you should choose WordPress as the online platform that will power your website or blog, and complete the website planning process.

WordPress Installation Process

WordPress Installation Process

(WordPress Installation Process)

Learning how to install WordPress:

  • Saves you money. You can save hundreds to thousands of dollars on the cost of web development by learning to install WordPress yourself. To learn more about saving money with WordPress, see our Digital WordPress Business Blueprint.
  • Requires no coding skills. Our tutorials show you how to install WordPress on your domain with no coding skills required. There are some 3rd-party applications you will need to learn how to use to perform your installation, but these also require no coding skills and are covered in our WordPress installation tutorials.
  • Is not hard. All you need is to invest a little time learning how. Fortunately, installation step-by-step tutorials are laid out in logical, sequential order, and are designed to help you save time. Just follow the steps, and you will soon have a professional-looking website or blog installed on your domain.

Overview Of The WordPress Installation Process

Is there a fast way to install WordPress?

Absolutely! Once you learn how to do it, WordPress can be installed on any domain in under a minute … here’s proof:

As you can see, once you know what to do, installing WordPress on a domain is the easiest part of building your own website.

If you are just starting out, however, the steps you need to complete to install WordPress in 60 seconds or less can be very confusing. We have broken down every step of the WordPress installation process so that anyone can follow … even if you have no coding or programming skills!

The WordPress Installation module provides easy-to-follow tutorials and checklists that will show you exactly what to do before installing WordPress, and takes you step-by-step through the WordPress installation process, following the process shown in the flowchart below:

How To Install WordPress(Installing A WordPress Website – click the above image to enlarge)

Important Info

The installation process covered in these tutorials assumes that you have no coding knowledge or web development skills. You will, however, need to learn how to use 3rd-party programs to install WordPress. These programs are not difficult to learn and we cover these in the tutorials.

Installing WordPress

We strongly recommend following the tutorials in this module in the order listed below:

After you have completed the training in this module, you will know how to install a brand new website or blog on any domain name. The WordPress Setup tutorials will then take you step-by-step through the process of configuring your website or blog.

Installing WordPress – Additional Resources

Before you begin, we recommend that you become familiar with these modules:


We recommend watching the following video series in addition to our tutorials:

You can access the above videos anytime by becoming a member of WPTrainMe.com (Pro Edition).

Access Hundreds Of WordPress Tutorials And Videos From Your Own WP Dashboard

WPTrainMe gives you access to the complete library of WordPress tutorials published here on WPCompendium.org, plus hundreds of WordPress video tutorials and additional resources directly from your WordPress dashboard using the WPTrainMe plugin (PRO edition). These tutorials and videos will save you time searching for information online and help you master using WordPress quickly and easily.

Inside the WPTrainMe PRO member’s area, you will also find a downloadable step-by-step WordPress Installation Guide containing the same tutorials included in this training module in printable format. This comprehensive 253-page PDF guide is fully illustrated with hundreds of detailed screenshots and will save you hundreds of $$$ building your own WordPress site  …

WordPress Installation Guide(WordPress Installation Guide)

To learn how to access WPTrainMe PRO for a low one-time fee, click here.

Are you ready to begin? Then click the button below to get started …

What To Do Before Installing WordPress

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