How to Install WordPress via Softaculous

This tutorial takes us to the basics of installing WordPress in a web host. There are literally 10+ methods by which you can install a deployable WordPress site. Factors such as your operating system, intended usage (local or live) and hosting environment lead to several ways of installing WordPress.

Softaculous is an application installer that automates setting up various management systems.

In this case, it will install WordPress and its database after just a few pieces of information from yourself.

It’s a quick and easy way to set up a website without having to learn a single line of code.

1. Login to cPanel.

2. From cPanel, scroll to the Softaculous Apps Installer and click WordPress.

Scroll to the Softaculous Apps Installer and click WordPress.

3. Install WordPress, from the Softaculous script window, click the Install Now button in the description. The Softaculous software will usually have the most recent version of WordPress available.

Softaculous script window, click the Install Now button in the description.

In the next screen, you will need to input all of your website’s settings. Let me break them down a bit for you:

Software Setup
In this section, you’ll choose whether your site uses SSL protocols or not. This is done by selecting which “http:” version you want to use from the drop down options. You’ll also pick your domain. If you only have one domain name, it will be displayed automatically. Otherwise, you’ll have to select it from the list.

Site Settings
This is the basic information of your website. You’ll put in your site’s name and a short description. This will be used by most themes as well as the WordPress system for identification purposes. It will also play a part in search engine optimization, so make sure the information is something you want seen in sites like Google.

Admin Account
Input the admin username and password you want to use to log into WordPress. I suggest never using the name “admin” as the administrator username. It’s the first thing bots and hackers will try when attempting to access your website. Make it something completely unique to you.

Admin Email Address
This address is only used by WordPress itself and is not available publicly. Plugins you install may also use this address to send you messages or updates. It can also be used for password recovery should you forget or lose your login credentials.

Choose Language
This is set as English by default. However, you have the option of using many different language types for WordPress. Choose one that is ideal for you and your website.

Select Plugins
Softaculous often comes with a couple of Plugins readily available should you choose. GreenGeeks displays “Loginizer” and “WPForms Lite.” These two plugins are very helpful for those who want to protect the login screen and create forms such as what you would use for contact information. Click the check boxes to activate or deactivate these optional plugins.

Advanced Options
Advanced options are for those who have a firm grasp of databases, upgrades and backup control. You can customize these elements if you wish, but I would suggest new users to leave these settings.

Select Theme
WordPress comes with a few themes readily available. These files dictate how your website appears. In Softaculous, you can choose from a wide variety of layouts. Simply click the one you want to install with WordPress and Softaculous will do the rest. Please note that you can change themes at any time and as often as you like.

Under the install button, you can enter your email address. You will get an email when the install is complete.

Softaculous will then analyze your information and settings while installing the WordPress.

Softaculous will then analyze your information and settings while installing the WordPress.

And a few seconds later – bam! You have a fully functional WordPress installation.

Bookmark this URL so you can find it easier at a later date.

Learn about WordPress Security

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wordpress security

How strong is WordPress security? There has been a mumbling around the internet lately about a large scale brute force attack on WordPress.

They are not just targeting high profile WordPress websites. But are using a large network of bots to target any WordPress site they can find.

The attackers are attempting to brute force access to WordPress sites by hitting the wp-login.php with a dictionary password attack.

The belief is that the goal may not be to deface your site. Instead use it as a platform to launch an attack on other sites when needed.

  • WordPress Security Tips
Rename your wp-admin folder : 

You Should rename wp-admin folder then this make it much more difficult for automated bots to find, as majority of attacks rely on simply hitting it and guessing where it is.

Delete the admin user account:

Brute force attempts will try the username admin with password combinations, you need to add a different account and then delete the admin this will make dictionary attacks even harder.

Secure wp-config.php:

This puts it outside of browsable files but still accessible by WordPress. Or you can deny access via htaccess

  1. <files wp-config.php>
  2. order allow, deny
  3. deny from all
  4. </files>
Restrict Access to your IP:

Limit access your site to to the wp-admin and wp-login.php files from a set of specified IP addresses.

The disadvantages of that are you will not be able to log-in from different connection… to WordPress until you edit this rule.

Install an SSL Certificate:

It will not stop brute force attacks. However it will mean that whenever you login to your website your username and password are encrypted.

This can stop hackers snooping in when you are using Wifi or public networks.  Cheap SSL certificate.

Install WP Security:

Better WP Security Plugin will automate many of the above tasks for you. It is by far the best option if you feel uncomfortable changing file settings yourself.

Use a WAF Service:

Cloud based Web Application Firewalls are becoming more popular nowadays.

They provide a simple way to help protect your website and provide more details about what is going on.

What’s new with WordPress 3.8

WordPress 3.8 is now available via Softaculous. Upgrade your existing installation to 3.8 with one click or install a fresh new blog.

WordPress has gotten a facelift. 3.8 brings a fresh new look to the entire admin dashboard. Gone are overbearing gradients and dozens of shades of grey — bring on a bigger, bolder, more colorful design!

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Modern aesthetic

The new WordPress dashboard has a fresh, uncluttered design that embraces clarity and simplicity.

Clean typography

The Open Sans typeface provides simple, friendly text that is optimized for both desktop and mobile viewing. It’s even open source, just like WordPress.

Refined contrast

Beautiful design should never sacrifice legibility. With superior contrast and large, comfortable type, the new design is easy to read and a pleasure to navigate.

WordPress on every device

responsive

We all access the internet in different ways. Smartphone, tablet, notebook, desktop — no matter what you use, WordPress will adapt and you’ll feel right at home.

High definition at high speed

WordPress is sharper than ever with new vector-based icons that scale to your screen. By ditching pixels, pages load significantly faster, too.

Admin color schemes to match your personality

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WordPress just got a colorful new update. WordPress 3.8 includes eight new admin color schemes so you can pick the one that suits you best.

Color schemes can be previewed and changed from your Profile page.

Refined theme management

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The new themes screen lets you survey your themes at a glance. Or want more information? Click to discover more. Then sit back and use your keyboard’s navigation arrows to flip through every theme you’ve got.

Smoother widget experience

Drag-drag-drag. Scroll-scroll-scroll. Widget management can be complicated. With the new design, WordPress team has worked to streamline the widgets screen.

Have a large monitor? Multiple widget areas stack side-by-side to use the available space. Using a tablet? Just tap a widget to add it.

Twenty Fourteen, a sleek new magazine theme

The new Twenty Fourteen theme displayed on a laptop. tablet and phone

Turn your blog into a magazine

Create a beautiful magazine-style site with WordPress and Twenty Fourteen. Choose a grid or a slider to display featured content on your homepage. Customize your site with three widget areas or change your layout with two page templates.

With a striking design that does not compromise our WordPress’ simplicity, Twenty Fourteen is the most intrepid default theme yet.