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In this guide, there will be step by step guidance on how to get a self-hosted wordpress installation in place. We advocate self-hosted wordpress as website content management CMS for many reasons. These are some of them:

Ease of use
For both end users and developers alike, its fairly easy to learn. If you have used Drupal or Joomla before, WordPress is a breath of fresh air. And of course WordPress resources and developers are very easy to find.

Full control
Hosted platforms like blogger or wordpress.com has its advantages but it often comes with a price of freedom to publish, install or aesthetic changes. Being self hosted however, one has to be somewhat hands on. If like us, you like to have full control on your website, read on!

Its open source – and free of course

Automatic updates
Ah, our favorite. Minor updates automatically kicks in when it rolls out and we can sit back and relax.

Now lets get to it!

Step 1. Get a domain name and hosting

Think hard on what your domain name might be as it helps you in your search engine optimization. Or it could just be your own name with a .com attached, if its available of course 🙂

Most hosting providers provide free domain names (for a year) with a hosting plan sign-up. You need a hosting plan anyway so why not take advantage of the offer. Wpjunction.net is hosted on Siteground (from $3.95/month) or Bluehost (from $2.95 per month). Both services uses cPanel for site administration. Bluehost also offers a WordPress optimized plan with dedicated RAM and packed with SiteLock CDN and SiteLock Pro (from $19.99 per month).

Step 2.  Install WordPress

Cpanel dashboard - WordPress Autoinstallers
Cpanel dashboard – WordPress Autoinstallers

Some hosting services comes with a WordPress installation wizard as well. If not, login to your account dashboard and go to cPanel login.
1. Click on either Softaculous or WordPress Auto installer icon.
2. Choose WordPress and click Install

Site settings prompt
Site settings prompt

3. Enter your desired site settings when prompted. These details can be changed later.
4. Click Install and you’re done!

Step 3. Change WordPress settings

Now that your installation is done, you can go type your domain name in the address bar to test it out.

Wordpress default installtion
WordPress default installtion

You can login to your WordPress Dashboard by going to www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin. Type in your chosen username and password and you will be brought to the dashboard.

Good job so far! Move on to our next guide on what to do next!