For various DTC classes, you have been asked to purchase web hosting and domain services from Reclaim Hosting, and then install and configure WordPress on your domain.
WordPress is one of the most popular web site programs on the Internet, so Reclaim Hosting (and most other web providers) make it easy to install. After you log into Reclaim:
- Click on the “cPanel” tab at the top of the page.
- In the cPanel interface, the first icon under “Applications” is WordPress. Click the icon.
- A page will appear describing more about WordPress. Toward the right will be a button labeled “+ install this application”. Click the button.
- You’ll now see a page for the WordPress Installatron Install Wizard. You can leave all the default settings in place, except three:
- In the Location section, set the Domain to the “https” version of your domain name. By default it is set to the unsecure “http” version, but Reclaim provides free “https” security for you. Use it!
- In the Location section, you can decide where WordPress will appear.
- To install your WordPress site at the main “root” of your domain, make sure the Directory text box is blank.
- To install your WordPress site in a folder under your domain (e.g. “yourdomain.com/classproject”), enter that subdirectory here (e.g. “classproject”).
- In the Settings section, find Limit Login Attempts and set it to “No, do not limit failed login attempts.” You will be installing a WordPress plug-in called WordFence that accomplishes this task better.
- Record the administrator username and password available on this screen. Click on “Show Password” to see the randomly-generated text that has been generated for you.
- Click on the “Install” button at the bottom right of the page.
- WordPress will now be installed on your site.
- You now have two ways to log into your WordPress site:
- Direct: If you recorded your username and password, you should now be able to log into your new WordPress site by typing the domain name followed by “/wp-admin/”. If you forget your password, you may get locked out.
- Through Reclaim: log into your Reclaim Hosting account, go to your cPanel, click on the “My Apps” icon, and then click on the “/wp-admin/” link listed next to your WordPress installation. This login will work even if you have forgotten your password, above.
For additional guidance on managing your WordPress site, check out WordPress’s guide, First Steps With WordPress, for review of topics like:
- Logging In
- The Dashboard
- Administration Screens
- and more.
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