Installing WordPress on your Namecheap hosting account has never been so easy. No more manual installations or FTP clients. It’s pretty much one click and done.
In this part of this tutorial series, you will learn how to install WordPress on your website. Although Namecheap makes the WordPress installation process super easy, there are a few configuration options that I recommend you select during the install. Read on below for a step-by-step process.
How Do You Install WordPress on Your Website?
It’s surprisingly easy to install WordPress with Namecheap. Once you login to your cPanel, all you have to do is click on the Install Now button after clicking on the WordPress link. After that, there are a few options that you should probably configure.
Aside from setting your admin email address, username, password, and site title you might want to check the boxes to install Loginizer and the classic editor.
Those aren’t super important, but what is can be found under the Advanced Options.
While you want to check the box to auto upgrade the installation of WordPress itself, leave the boxes for auto upgrading WordPress plugins and themes unchecked. The reason for this is so you can manually ensure compatibility between your WordPress installation, plugins, and theme. Otherwise, you might end up with something broken on your website.
In addition, set your automated backups to occur once a week. Select the maximum value for backup rotation (10 currently). This way, you will have around 2.5 months of weekly backups of your website that you can go back to if needed.
As far as the theme is concerned, you can select any of the given themes at this step in the tutorial. In part 5 and 6, you will learn how to install and customize GeneratePress — a super fast, lightweight WordPress theme that I use for this website.
And that’s about it! To complete the installation, click Install and you’ll have the latest version of WordPress installed on your website.
WordPress Website Login
Now that WordPress is installed on your website host, you can login to you admin dashboard. Simply go to:
Enter the username and password that you chose during installation. You will be taken to the WordPress admin dashboard. Here is where you’ll install your plugins, theme, and respond to comments. The WordPress dashboard is a very important place, so make sure your credentials private.
UP NEXT: Install SSL Certificate
Now that you have a fully operational WordPress site, let’s install your free SSL certificate. As part of the Namecheap promo, you get a free SSL certificate during your first year of hosting.
After that, you’ll have to pay $8.88/year (cheaper if you renew for more than a year). This is a small price to pay to not only secure your website, but rank higher in search engines. That’s right, Google has started favoring secure websites with HTTPS over nonsecure HTTP ones.
As always, if you have any questions about installing your WordPress website, let me know in the comment’s below. I’ll be more than happy to help you out.