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Installing softwaremenu

Web pages are most often run by some sort of software. Wordpress is probably the most popular and the one you are most likely to install, here's how.

Log into your domain management panel: http://cpanel.123host.com.au

cpanel login

Your login details are in the welcome email you should have received. If you can't find it, lodge a support ticket and it will be resent

Don't be intimidated by all the offerings in cpanel, it can be overwhelming. Also be careful you could break the internet...well, maybe just your website...no kidding.

You are looking for either the Software or Softaculaous Apps Installer section near the bottom. They are both the same thing, there may be different locations.

software install


Find the icon for WordPress and put your mouse over and click install.

wordpress install

Next you come to quite a long page of options. Take your time, read the key below the image.


These are just my suggested settings, you are welcome to do whatever you like that works for you.

  1. This is the protocol for the domain. Unless you have an SSL certificate, leave it at http://
  2. If you have more than one domain on your account, be certain you choose the right domain to install WordPress on.
  3. Usually you will want to install apps in the root directory of your site by leaving this blank. If not, this is where you choose.
  4. Start getting creative here. What is the title of your site?
  5. And your site description? Both #4 and #5 can be changed in the dashboard, so don't sweat over it now.
  6. Very few people will use multisite, so step away from the check box.
  7. This is the username you use to log into the dashboard, the default will be some ugly looking random username. This is to stop you using admin - don't do it - seriously, that is the user that hackers try first. Either use the suggested name or a good easy to remember username like your first name with the first letter of your last name e.g.Bernie Sanders would be bernies
  8. It will suggest a password like the one shown. That is an example of a good password. Yes, it is hard to remember so feel free to change it, but if you make an easily guessable password, you will regret it. Trust me on this.
  9. It will pre-fill your email admin@YourDomain.com, unless you have set up this email, change this to your regular email address.
  10. I recommend leaving it checked. People will try to hack into your site, it is guaranteed. This option will install a plugin (more on plugins here) that is reported to not work 100% perfectly, but if it works 50% of the time, that's good enough for me.

Have a look at the advanced settings if you like, but I suggest leaving them. They are set to what will suit almost everyone.

  1. You can install one of these themes if you like or just ignore this section to install the default theme. If you have a designer working on your theme or are going to buy a theme, then skip this.
  2. Time to do it! Install. The rest is easy
  3. If you receive an error that a file already exists, firstly be certain you are installing it for the right domain if you have multiple sites. If not, check the "overwrite files" box and then try again. There are a couple of basic files installed when your account is created, WordPress is just being super careful.

Files Found

You will be taken to a screen with information about the install and you will receive an email with login details.

The important bits are the admin URL (usually yourdomain/wp-admin) the username and password

Now you need to make it look great and start adding content. That's all beyond the scope of this tutorial, but there is tonnes and tonnes on the web. Google it.

Get blogging already!

Stuck? Lost? Apped out? Lodge a support ticket