This is the second part of a three part series of free goodies from my WordPress Training Camp. If you haven’t seen the first one, check it out here before continuing on with the steps in this lesson.
Installing WordPress is not that complicated or difficult, as long as you follow the correct steps.
I’ll show you each step of the process in this video, and by the time you’re done with doing these steps yourself, you’ll have a fresh installation of WordPress ready for you to start using to power your website.
If your webhost offers a one-click installation of WordPress, I know it can be tempting to use that option, but I would recommend against doing that. I’ve seen many people run into trouble that causes a lot of frustration, site downtime, and trouble shooting expenses that, in the end, were caused by a one-click install having messed something up during the installation process of WordPress.
If you install WordPress following the steps below, it will take you about 10 minutes to install. If you use the one-click installation, it would take you about a minute, but that could waste dozens of hours, and even days, of your time in the future, should you run into trouble caused by the one-click installation.
When you get to the part of this lesson that requires you to connect to your server with ftp software like Filezilla, please come back to this note, as you may run into some difficulty connecting to your server if you just created a new Bluehost account. (In the post previous to this one, I recommended that you use Bluehost as the webhost for your site.)
It seems that Bluehost has recently changed their welcome email and no longer tells you that you need to use a different ftp host name before you point your domain name to the server (which is also called “changing the DNS records” for your domain name.)
Before your domain name is pointed to your bluehost account, the ftp host name Bluehost gave you in the ftp login info section of your welcome email may not work.
What they will give you as an ftp host name will look something like: ftp.yourdomainname.com
But you may not be able to connect to your server using that ftp host name until your real domain name is pointed to your webhost account. (Instructions on how to point your real domain name to your new site can be found in the WordPress Training Camp course.)
As long as you’re using the temporary url to build your site, for the ftp host you’ll need to use just the IP address, which you can see in the first part of the temporary domain Bluehost gave you in the welcome email.
For example, in your Bluehost welcome email, you’ll see a temporary url that will look something like this:
The number part of that temporary url is the IP address for your server. An IP address is like a “raw” url for your server. It’s not very human friendly because urls with just numbers in them are hard to remember, but you can use the IP address as the ftp host name and you’ll be able to connect to your server just fine.
In the above example, the IP address you’d want to enter for your ftp host in your ftp software, like Filezilla, would be just: 126.96.36.199
So, enter the IP address for your server, just like that, as the ftp host in Filezilla, then set your username and password they gave you in the ftp login info section just as I show you in the video for this lesson.
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