Step-by-Step Guide to Installing WordPress
Media Temple is one of the finest hosting solution providers around these days, being renowned and loved for their affordable plans, high quality customer service and excellent offerings. At the same time, WordPress happens to be the most popular platform for website creation, with countless themes, plugins and options to make give every user almost limitless potential for creating their own unique site.
If you’re looking to get your own site started, these two companies should be at the top of your list, but how do you actually install WordPress on a Media Temple hosting plan? Well, we’re going to answer that question here today, and we’re pleased to report that it’s a very simple process.
Finding WordPress in Media Temple’s Unique Dashboard
Media Temple is popular for a lot of reasons, but its ease-of-use and accessibility are two factors that really appeal to a wide audience. To that end, the Media Temple team has added a simple one-click installation feature to make WordPress integration as easy as possible. All you’ll need to do to begin is login and access your Account Center.
From this screen, you’ll want to click on the domain you wish to use with WordPress and then click on ‘1-Click Apps’, which is found in the box of ‘Add-Ons’. Next click on ‘New App’ and then you should see a description box for WordPress, along with an ‘Add’ button on the right. Click on that button and you’ll be taken to another screen.
On this next screen, you’ll be asked to enter the URL where you want to install WordPress. Here, it’s important to write your URL without the ‘www’ at the start. The ‘www’ isn’t actually necessary in this case, and could cause issues later on when people try to access your site via links. Once you’ve completed this step, you’ll be taken to the database settings. There, you should click on ‘New Database’ via the menu and insert your own title for the database.
You are also asked to enter a ‘Database Table Prefix’, which serves as a reminder to show you where your database is being linked to. At this stage of the process, you might encounter a pink box alerting you to a ‘Directory Conflict’, but you don’t need to worry. If that happens, simply click on the ‘Backup Content and Proceed’ button to carry on.
At that point, you’re pretty much done. All you need to do now is wait for the installation to finalize. You can check up on the latest progress of your installation via the Account Center on Media Temple. There should be a little ‘Pending Installation’ message written beneath your domain name in your Grid, and this will eventually change to ‘Finish Installation’.
Securing Your Account, Completing Installation and Firing Up WordPress
Once that happens, you are able to click on the icon to the right of the message to complete the process. Fortunately, Media Temple prevents you or anyone else from trying to access WordPress before the installation is complete. This helps with security and also prevents any errors from occurring.
As soon as that process is finally completed, you can gain access to the WordPress platform. You’ll be asked to enter a name for your blog, along with an email address at which you can be contacted. You can click on the ‘Install’ button to get WordPress fully up-and-running, and should only have to wait a few more minutes for everything to be finalized.
Choosing a Username and Password
You will have to set up a username and password to access WordPress, and here we encourage you to be very careful and select some secure login details for your account, for safety and security reasons.
If someone else is able to guess your password or login to your account, they can alter your webpages or change your entire site at will, even deleting your content or accessing private information. It is therefore vital for you to choose a secure password, ideally made up of both numbers and letters, along with a username that would be hard for anyone to guess. This is the best way to keep all of your site and data as safe as possible. Also be sure to note down your password and username if you think you might forget them, but keep that note in a safe place.
When these simple steps have been completed, you’ll be fully free to access all of the features and functionality of the WordPress world, while also benefitting from the power and speed of Media Temple’s hosting plans. The whole process shouldn’t have taken you more than ten minutes, giving you plenty of time to get started creating your site and developing your own content.
Remember to fully explore the WordPress library and look through the various themes and plugins available. WordPress comes with countless options, and it’s up to you to choose the right elements to make your site as successful and appealing as possible.