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How to install WordPress with Softaculous

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How to Install wordpress with softaculous.

How do you know if your host offers Softaculous? You could ask, but it’s probably quicker to look for yourself:

1. Log in to the control panel for your web host.

2. Look for a Softaculous icon.

Some control panels pile dozens of icons onto the same pages. To look for Softaculous, you can use your browser’s Find feature. Just press Ctrl+F (Command+F on a Mac) and type in “Softaculous.” below image  shows a successful search.

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3. Click the Softaculous icon.

Softaculous shows a large, colorful tab for each program it can install

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4. Hover over the WordPress box and click Install.

This takes you to an all-in-one installation page that collects all the information WordPress needs

install wordpress with softaculous

5. Pick a domain name and a directory.

You can choose from any of the domain names you registered with your web host or any subdomain you created within that domain.

If you want to put your WordPress installation at the root of the domain (or in an existing subdomain), then leave the directory box blank.

6. Choose a site name and description.

The site name is the title you want to give your WordPress site (like “Magic Tea Emporium”). It shows prominently on every page of your site. The description should be a short, one-sentence profile of your site. It appears in smaller text, just underneath the title on every page of your site.

7. Choose a user name, password, and email address for your administrator account.

Remember, a good password is all that stands between you and a compromised WordPress site that’s showing banner ads for timeshares. Here, Softaculous’s neglect is nearly criminal. The default administrator name it plops in ( admin ) is a bad choice because it’s obvious and therefore open to attack, and the password it suggests ( pass ) is downright dangerous. The administrator email address is your email address. When you finish the install, Softaculous emails you a page with all the important details, including the administrator user name and password you picked.

8.Optionally, switch on the Limit Login Attempts checkbox (that installs the Limit Login plug-in along with the WordPress software. 

Limit Login Attempts is a security-conscious plug-in that temporarily closes down the administrative section of your site if it detects a potential intruder attempting to guess your user name and password. This plug-in is a good safeguard, but it’s not immediately necessary for a new site.

9. Click the plus-sign (+) box next to Advanced Options.

This reveals a few Softaculous settings for managing updates and backups. The update settings aren’t of much use. You can tell Softaculous not to email you about new WordPress updates (Disable Update Notifications) or you can ask Softaculous to install updates automatically (Auto Upgrade). But you’re best to avoid both settings, because WordPress already has the built-in smarts to install important updates automatically, and you don’t want more drastic changes to take place without your supervision. The backup settings (described next) are more useful. Switch them on, and Softaculous automatically backs up your WordPress site, without requiring any work from you. (Technically, Softaculous works its magic using cron, a scheduling tool that most web hosts support.)

10. If you want to use automatic backups, pick a backup frequency from the Automated Backups list, and then choose the number of old backups you want to keep from the Backup Rotation list.

Automated Backup tells Softaculous how often to perform backups (daily, weekly, or monthly).

Backup Rotation tells Softaculous how many old backed-up versions of your site to keep. For example, if you choose to keep four backups and you use a weekly backup schedule, then on the fifth week Softaculous will discard the oldest backup to make way for the next one. You can choose Unlimited to keep every backup you make, but be careful—Softaculous stores its backups on your web server, and daily backups of a large site can eventually chew up all your space.

11. Click Install to finish the job.

Softaculous creates the folder you picked, copies the WordPress files there, and creates the MySQL database. After a few seconds, its work is done and you see a confirmation message.

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