In this screenshot tutorial you will learn how to install WordPress on your Just Host account. When you are done, you will have a clean install of WordPress.
What You Will Need Before You Start This Tutorial
- A Just Host Account
- A Domain Name
NOTE: If you have not purchased a JustHost account I would appreciate you using the linked image below. Before you get started on this tutorial, you may want to read my notes on why I like Just Host and domain names. You won’t pay more money for your hosting account but I will get a small referral kiss on the cheek, which helps me fund tutorials like these.
Step 1: Log in to Just Host.
[su_note note_color=”#efeded” radius=”6″]When you sign up for Just Host, it is important to immediately document the username and password for your control panel. This information is like a key to your storefront; you need to get in and lock up when you leave, so keep this information in a reliable, safe place.[/su_note]
Step 2: Enter your username and password. Then click on Submit.
Step 3: Click on Install WordPress.
If you don’t see it, you may have landed on the Home page, so click on the cPanel button in the navigation bar (as highlighted in green below) first.
Step 4: Click on Install.
[su_note note_color=”#efeded” radius=”6″]One of the advantages of using Just Host is that they provide a handy cPanel and easy WordPress install. The old method of installing WordPress involved a complicated ftp process. This step will take you to something called the MOJO Marketplace. They are the brand that offers this “push-button” installer.[/su_note]
Step 5: Pick your domain.
Generally speaking you do not want to install WordPress in a directory. You generally want to install WordPress on your root domain. If you choose something such as /blog and did not have a site built on your root domain, your root domain would appear blank.
One of the advantages of WordPress is that you can have a blog and pages. This essentially means that you have a website and a blog in one. With WordPress there is no need to have two different installs.
Step 6: Click on Check Domain.
Step 7: Check-mark “Show advanced options.”
This will allow you to set your username and password for WordPress right away. The goal here is to not use the standard ADMIN as your username.
[su_note note_color=”#e3de40″ radius=”6″] NOTE: A hacker is halfway home if you leave it as ADMIN. It’s a security risk. Pick a new one.[/su_note]
Step 8: Type in your WordPress site name.
For example, my site name (title) for this blog is “I Teach Blogging” so this is what will show up in the tab of my search engine, as seen below.
You can also see your site name (title) on Google by searching for your blog name. I did this and you can see the image below.
[su_note note_color=”#e3de40″ radius=”6″]Type in the title of your blog or what you plan to call it. This is something that can be easily changed at a later date. [/su_note]
Step 9: Type in a username.
My advice when it comes to your username is to pick something that you will remember, that makes sense and you are ok with the public seeing. This cannot be changed without creating a new user in your WordPress dashboard.
Step 10: Set your WordPress password.
If you notice in the screenshot below, Just Host automatically filled in what could be considered a secure password for me. You have two choices here, either type in a new password or go with the one that they provided you. No matter what you do, make sure that you write down this password before you go on to Step 11.
Using numbers, symbols and mix of upper and lower case letters in your password makes it harder for someone to guess your password. For example, an eight-character password with numbers, symbols and mixed-case letters is harder to guess because it has 30,000 times as many possible combinations than an eight-character password with only lower case letters.
Step 11: Make sure “Automatically create a new database” is checked.
Step 12: Make sure “I have read the terms and conditions…” is checked.
Step 13: Click on Install Now.
Note: This process will take a few moments.
[su_box title=”Important Note: ” style=”noise” box_color=”#c1671d” radius=”12″]When you walk through this process, Just Host is going to try and upsell you on a Theme. I do not recommend buying a Theme from your hosting company. Mostly because there are so many incredible and/or free options out there for you to browse and choose at your leisure, that as a newbie, if you limit yourself so soon, you’re missing out on half the fun. They are trying to make you feel like you won’t be able to handle the theme part yourself, but you can and will. Go ahead, click on the tiny, tiny No Thanks circled in red in the screenshot below.[/su_box]
Step 14: Click on My Installs.
[su_note note_color=”#e3de40″ radius=”6″]Note: Once your install is complete you will receive an email (the same one you used to sign up with Just Host). Find this email and file it in a safe place.
This information contains:
- your newly created login link
- your newly created site name link
- your username with a link to access your password for 24 hours (after that period you will need to go through a painful password reset process – you were supposed to write down your password when you signed up, remember?) [/su_note]
Step 15: Click on your new domain link.
Step 16: Just Host automatically puts a COMING SOON notice on your site.
Note: I believe that this is highly unattractive and I recommend turning it off as soon as possible. It’s really just an ad for MOJO, so let’s change it!
How about a nice WordPress coming soon plugin (see Step 18 to turn off the coming soon notification ) that will allow you to collect email addresses and share a bit about your brand.
Step 17: Log in to your new WordPress Blog.
You will want to click on the Admin URL from your email. If you did not receive the email, you can log into WordPress by typing in http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin.
When you do this, you will need your WordPress Username and Password that you set in Step 9 and Step 10.
Step 18: Turn off Coming Soon.
Click on the words “click here.”
Step 19: View your new blog.
Now you have a newly installed WordPress blog that is ready for you to manage. I wish you the best of luck with your new blog. Please email me and let me know how it is going and if you have any questions.