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Wordpress Automated Installer

There are three methods used to install Wordpress on your A2 Hosting account, the first method is with the automated Wordpress installers, if this is the first time you have signed up for a A2 Hosting account the procedure is very easy, when you order your hosting package with A2 Hosting, you simply select WordPress A2 Optimized in the list of auto-installation options on your account page. After your account is set up with A2 Hosting, WordPress will be ready for you as the automated installers will create the data base, username and install a new Wordpress package for you.

Softaculous App installer

The second method to install Wordpress on your A2 Hosting account is with the Softaculous App installer, you use this method if you already have an A2 Hosting account but never used the Wordpress installer when you signed up for web hosting, the Softaculous App installer is semi automated installer and can be used to install a wide range of applications from Wordpress and Joomla websites to online forums and eCommerce applications, with the Softaculous App installer you need to manually select features and insert passwords and user names.

Wordpress Manual Install

The third and final method to install Wordpress on your A2 Hosting account is to install manually, this method is best used when you have purchased a Wordpress quick start package from themes suppliers like Template Monster, these quick start packages are ready made websites pre filled with content and images to suit a particular theme, you simply replace the content with your own content relevant to your website needs, this method is great for beginners learning how to create a website.  

How To Install Wordpress With The App Installer

1/  Log in to A2 Hosting cPanel and look for the softaculous app installer.

2/  In the Search text box, type wordpress and then press Enter.
3/  In the Choose Protocol list box, select the protocol.
4/  In the Choose Domain list box, select the domain for installation, or accept the default value.
5/  In the In Directory text box, type the directory where you want to install the application, or accept the default value.
6/  In the Site Name text box, type the site name. By default, the site name appears in the title bar of users' web browsers when they visit your site. 
7/  In the Site Description text box, type the site description. By default, the site description also appears in the title bar of users' web browsers when they visit your site.
8/  To enable the WordPress Multisite feature (also known as WordPress Multiuser or WPMU), select the check box.
9/  In the Admin Username text box, type the administrator username.
10/  In the Admin Password text box, type the administrator password.
11/  In the Admin Email text box, type the site administrator e-mail address.
12/  In the Select Language list box, select the default language for the application.
13/  Limiting the number of login attempts can help increase the security of your WordPress installation.
14/  Click the Advanced Options icon icon to expand Advanced Options.
15/  In the Database Name text box, type the name of the database to create for the application, or accept the default value.
16/  In the Table Prefix text box, type the database table prefix, or accept the default value.
17/  If you do not want to receive e-mail notifications when application updates are available, select the Disable Update Notifications Emails check box.
18/  To automatically update the application when updates are available, select the Auto Upgrade check box.
19/  To automatically update plugins when updates are available, select the Auto Upgrade WordPress Plugins check box.
20/  To automatically update themes when updates are available, select the Auto Upgrade WordPress Themes check box.
21/  In the Backup Location list box, you can select a location to store application backups.
22/  In the Automated backups list box, you can select whether or not Softaculous makes periodic backups of your application.
23/  In the Backup Rotation list box, you can select how often Softaculous overwrites the oldest backup file with a new backup file.
24/  To receive site configuration information after the installation is complete, type an e-mail address in the Email installation details to text box.
25/  Review the installation options and settings, and then click Install. When installation is complete, Softaculous provides information about the application's configuration.
 

How To Install Wordpress Manually 

1/  Download the WordPress installation .zip file at http://wordpress.org/download to your local computer and extract the zip file on your desktop.

2/  Use FTP to upload the contents of the extracted wordpress directory to the public_html directory of your A2 Hosting account.
3/  Use cPanel to create a MySQL database and database user for WordPress. You will need this information during the web configuration process.
4/  Use your web browser to go to the WordPress installation URL. The WordPress installation page appears
5/  Click Create a Configuration File.
6/  Make sure that you have the required information for the database you created, and then click Let's go! In the Database Name text box, type the name of the database you created
7/  In the User Name text box, type the name of the database user you created
8/  In the Password text box, type the password for the database user you created
9/  In the Database Host text box, confirm that the value is set to localhost.
10/  In the Table Prefix text box, confirm that the value is set to wp_. click on submit
11/  If WordPress is able to connect to the database, click Run the install. Otherwise, check the settings you provided in steps 8 to 12, and then try again.
12/  Under Information needed, in the Site Title text box, type the name of your site. You can name the site anything you want.
13/  In the Username text box, type a username for the administrator.
14/  In the Password, twice text boxes, type a password for the administrator.
 
 
Wordpress Dashboard

Now that you have Wordpress installed you can design the website the way you want it to look, there are hundreds of wordpress themes available at Template Monster our recommended theme provider premium themes provide more scope and features for designing a fantastic looking website.

To make changes to your wordpress website you need to login to your wordpress dashboard using the username and password you used to set up the wordpress installation earlier on, the dashboard is where you can design your websites layout and add content and plugins from.

Changing a wordpress theme has no effect on your websites content, your articles, images and other content remain the same when you change to a different theme just the layout and feel of the website changes, so you can change a theme as many times as you require.

 

 Website Design

Now that you have installed your content management system you need to structure and design your website to attract visitors, website design basics include populating the website with relevant content, adding menu structure to easily navigate your website and search engine optimization, please read our guide on basic website design 

 

Administration Panal

Access your websites administration panal using the username and password you used to install the content management system for a wordpress website this is (www.example.com/wp-login.php), and for a Joomla website (www.yourwebsite.com/administrator/index.php) here you will find the control panal for your website.

The control panal gives you access to all the tools needed to setup your websites content, here you can write articles, install components, install modules used for displaying content and install plugins that help to create content and keep the website running effectively.

Modules, Plugins And Componants 

For Joomla websites extensions are where you can edit installed templates, modules and plugins that all work together to effectively run your joomla website, extensions are also where you can install these plugins and modules along with components to run a joomla website.

A great place to find new extensions and components for Joomla websites is the Joomla extensions directory, here you can shop for the extensions needed for your website some extensions are provided for free while others are a premium product.

For Wordpress websites these are called plugins and give you access to install blogs, payment gateways for ecommerce websites, login forms, email contact forms and a host of other great software for Wordpress websites there are hundres of plugins available for wordpress websites some are free while others are premium at a cost, a great place to shop for Wordpress plugins is Wordpress.com.

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