5 Minute Blog Setup
Many people don’t want to work with WordPress, because they are afraid it will be too complex
and technical to install and work with. That’s just not true! It’s actually a LOT easier than you
In fact, you can have WordPress installed, set up, and ready to go in just 5 minutes or less.
Even after installing plugins, themes, and everything, you may even have a minute or two left!
In this report, you’re going to learn how to install WordPress very quickly. You will also
learn how to install themes, configure important options, and much more.
Don’t feel like you have to be a tech whiz to do this. Believe me, if you can browse the
Internet and send email, you can learn how to do this. It’s really not a big deal, and you have nothing to
So let’s get started.
Installing WordPress with cPanel &
The fastest way to install WordPress is to use Fantastico that is included with some
installations of cPanel.
Not all hosting companies have this plugin for cPanel which makes life so much easier, so you
should check to see if it is available with your current hosting company.
If not, you might sign up for another hosting company just to host your WordPress blogs. Many
people use http://www.HostGator.com for
this. You can get your first month of their Baby Croc plan (less than $10 per month) for just a penny if you
enter the coupon code “wordpress”.
cPanel? Fantastico? What?
When you sign up for hosting, your hosting company will give you a URL to go to so you can
manage your site. This is called a control panel, and one particular brand of this is called cPanel. If you
didn’t have a control panel you would have to do it all from something that looks like this:
Personally, I’d rather have a web interface than to try to figure out how to do it through a
command line interface. While it is indeed possible, it wouldn’t make for a very good 5 minute blog
Fantastico is a plugin for cPanel that will help you install, uninstall, and manage software
that you could otherwise install on your own or manually.
If you use Fantastico, it will take all of the headache out of installing everything by
yourself. It only asks you the information that you need to supply immediately and then it will perform its
magic leaving you with a very configurable WordPress installation.
Installing it Manually
So you want to install it manually instead of letting the server do it all for you, this is
certainly your prerogative. Instead of detailing the complete setup process for a manual installation in this
report, you will find it on WordPress.org: http://codex.wordpress.org/Installing_WordPress
The instructions on the page are thoroughly detailed, but be careful: they are not for the
average user. This is for someone who wants to have full control over the entire process.
When you log into cPanel, you’ll notice you have two columns of boxes. The left column is
informational, and the right column (the column that is larger in width) are sets of programs for you to
Currently, in the BabyCroc package, you’ll have these sets on the right:
The box that you will want on the right is the one-labeled “Software/Services”. Inside this box
near the end, you will find the Fantastico De Luxe icon with a bunch of other icons:
Click this icon, which will bring you to the Fantastico page on your server. Then from here,
you’ll want to click “WordPress” in the menu on the left, underneath the “Blogs” category.
In the main window, you will see “New Installation”. Click that link.
Now you will see the first WordPress setup page. You will see the details for your blog setup.
Use the pull down menu at the top to choose the domain you wish to install WordPress on.
Fill out everything as shown in the screenshot:
After you click “Install WordPress” it will ask for confirmation and then install it. After the
installation is completed, you will have the option to send the installation details to one of your email
After you have installed your blog, you need to configure it. You will want to go to:
And this will get you to the WordPress admin page for your blog, otherwise known as the
Dashboard. This is also set up with multiple columns; the left-most column on this page is the main
You’ll want to click “Settings” and make sure all of the information is correct.
Permalinks are the way the URLs are configured for your blog. It is important to change this,
as the default permalinks setting is not very search engine friendly. This means you could have trouble
ranking well in the search engines if you leave the default setting.
To change your permalinks setting, click “Permalinks” under the “Settings” section. It should
be set to “Default” on a new installation, which would make your permalinks look like this:
Locate the “Custom Structure” area. Click the circle beside “Custom Structure” to enable custom
permalinks, and enter the following in the box to the right:
It should look like this:
This will make your URLs more search engine friendly, looking like this:
Click “Appearance” in your WordPress’s Dashboard and the first option you’ll be given is to
manage your themes:
Click the “Install Themes” tab found at the top of the page and you can then search for themes
that you want to install. For example, if you searched for “black”, you would find all of the themes that had
“black” as a keyword.
The themes will be presented in a gallery format, each with two links under a screenshot and
the theme name: Install and Preview.
If you click “Install”, a popup will appear and have the “Install Now” button on the bottom
right of the popup. After clicking “Install Now”, it will give you three choices; you can choose to preview
the theme, activate it, or return to the theme installer:
Plugins install just like themes; instead of clicking appearance, you would click “Plugins”
also found on the main menu of your dashboard. After clicking “Plugins”, it will expand and the link to add
new plugins will be there.
The right side of the page will have a list of plugins already installed where you can activate
or deactivate them. Just because you install a plugin, it doesn’t mean it’s already activated.
You are also not limited to the “plugins” that you see listed.
One of the reasons WordPress is so incredibly popular is because of the extremely advanced
professional “plugins” made available all over the web by crack developers looking to make a name for
themselves, as solution solvers or selling specialized plugins for a living.
One plugin that we have discovered, and we highly recommend, for you to check-out, is the
Awesome Slider. This is a plugin for grabbing the email
addresses from visitors to your WordPress Blogs like an electromagnet and it’s totally
Another, incredibly powerful plugin we recommend for online entrepreneurs will completely
manage sales and memberships by automatically, collecting payments, delivering products and services, and
more, all on autopilot.
It’s called WP Sales Buddy and combined with WordPress it is by far the
simplest and fastest way to set-up an e-commerce system on the web and start making residual income online, that
we have found.
Making Posts and Pages
Making a post in WordPress is really easy and you can get started right away.
When you click on the “Posts” link from the main menu, you can select “Add New” and you’ll see
the view above. If you’ve used many text editors before on websites then you pretty much know what you’re
looking at on this page.
When you’re done putting in a title and the text for your post, you can select “Publish” and
your post will be immediately viewable by all who are visiting your site.
You can also add categories “on the fly” by clicking the link “Add New Category”.
You can assign as many categories as you want to the post.
Instead of publishing immediately, you can schedule your post by clicking the “Edit” link after
You can set the visibility of your posts to who you want to see it, i.e., public, password
protected, and private.
A page is basically a “super post”; it’s a post that takes an entire page and is linked to the
front page of your blog. This is accessed by clicking “Pages” and then “Add New”.
Get More WordPress Help
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