The WordPress Installation

Login to cPanel

There are two possible paths to your Cpanel. Both work equally well, although I prefer the first option.

  1. Login to your cpanel @ yourDomainName/cpanel with the same username and password that you use for ftp/Cyberduck, or
  2. Go to reclaimhosting.com, click on "Client Area Login" in the top-right corner.  Once logged in, click on cPanel in the main menu bar

Installing WordPress:

  • In cPanel, click on the WordPress icon to go to the WordPress Installatron page
  • Click "Install" and make the following selections
    • For "Directory", IF you ever want to install WP at the root of your site (e.g. yoursite.com will lead to your WordPress site); specify a directory if you want WordPress installed elsewhere (e.g. specifying "blog" will install WordPress at yoursite.com/blog.
      • *****For this first install, simply choose wordpress (ie, write wordpress in the blank). The text below the blank shows that your WordPress will be at yoursite.com/wordpress
      • If you install WP for your homepage, follow these directions for Reclaim Hosting.
    • Accept that EULA
    • For WordPress automatic updates, select "Minor versions and security releases"
    • Do not automatically update plugins
    • Do not automatically update themes
    • Do use automated backups
    • Choose a username and password that you'll remember, and be sure to specify an email address you regularly use
    • Do choose to install the Limit Login Attempts plugin
    • Do not install WordPress Multisite
    • Do allow automatic management of advanced settings

Cleaning up a new WordPress installation:

Now that you wordpress is installed visit yoursite.com/wordpress/login and login with the credentials that you just saved.

  • From the dashboard, do the following:
    • In Settings > General, delete your tagline (unless you want one) and set your timezone to New York
    • In Settings > Discussion uncheck, "Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks) on new articles" and "Allow people to post comments on new articles"
    • In Settings > Permalinks choose the "Post name" structure
    • In Plugins, deactivate "Cookies for comments", "Subscribe to Comments", and "WordPress Importer", then delete Akismet, Cookies for comments, Subscribe to comments, and WordPress importer
    • In Posts, click "Quick edit" for the starter post (usually titled "Sample" or something along those lines) and uncheck "Allow pings" and "Allow comments", then Trash the post
      • If your site already has allow comments unchecked, that's great! That's what we want to accomplish
    • In Pages, click "Quick edit" for the starter page and uncheck "Allow comments", then Trash the page
      • Hover over the row to see "Quick edit"
    • Create two new Pages: "Home" and "Blog"
    • In Settings > Reading, for "Your homepage displays" select "A static page". For Home page, select the "Home" page create
      • If you are not seeing these options, double-check that you published those pages we created. Don't just save them as drafts.
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