WordPress 1-Click Install


Many hosting companies offer an easy installation process for WordPress, most often referred to as a 1-click install. If you are working with a hosting company that offers this feature it will save you a lot of time and technical steps installing WordPress manually. At the end of the video you should know how to install WordPress using the 1-click Install process.

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Video Transcript

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    In the last video, we explored the differences between the dot com

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    and dot org versions of WordPress.

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    For our project we'll be using the dot org version of WordPress

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    because it's more customizable.

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    In this video, we'll be learning about the 1-click install feature

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    that a lot of hosting companies provide for installing the dot org version of WordPress.

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    The instructions that follow apply if your site is hosted with Bluehost. [www.bluehost.com]

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    If your hosting plan has a different 1-click install process than the one we cover here,

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    you can likely find instructions for it on WordPress's installation page.

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    You can find this information at codex.wordpress.org/Installing _WordPress.

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    Don't forget the capital I, W, and P in the URL.

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    Once you are on the page, look under Automated Installation in the table of contents.

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    If you're not sure which 1-click install you have, contact your hosting company and ask them.

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    If you do not see instructions for your specific 1-click install,

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    your hosting company should be able to walk you through the process.

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    To get started with the 1-click install process, we'll first log in to our hosting account.

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    We can do that by going to bluehost.com and clicking on Control Panel Login

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    at the top right of the screen.

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    Next, we'll enter in our login username and password and click Login.

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    Once you're logged in, scroll down until you find WordPress

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    listed underneath Site Builders and click on the link.

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    On the next page scroll down and click Install.

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    On the next page we're going to enter in some basic information

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    about our installation of WordPress.

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    First, we want to make sure

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    that we're working with the most recent stable version of WordPress.

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    At the time of this recording, that version is 3.4.2.

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    Next, we can choose where we'd like WordPress installed.

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    We're going to leave this as is so that our WordPress install

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    will be located at drwattz.com.

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    Next, go down to Step 2: Advanced Options and click on Click here to display.

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    First, we're going to give our site the name Dr. Wattz's Invention Blog.

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    Next, we're going to come down and we're going to create a username.

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    We're going to use the username drwattz

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    and then we'll paste in a secure password.

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    Make sure that the checkbox Automatically create a new database is checked.

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    Next, in Step 3 we can uncheck the default plugins and themes

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    that this specific install script is going to install for us.

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    Finally, we'll come down to Step 4 and click to accept the terms and conditions.

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    Once you're done, click Complete.

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    Next, we'll see the status of the installation process,

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    and once it's complete, we'll see the URL to our site, the URL to log in,

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    our username and our password.

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    You can see from this that the installation process is actually more than 1 click,

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    but it's still a very simple process, and for this reason it's given the name 1-click install.

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    Let's go ahead and click on the Login URL to our site.

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    If you ever need to get back to the login screen for your blog,

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    you could simply add wp-login.php to your URL.

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    Now let's go ahead and enter in our username and our password and click Log In.

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    We can now see that WordPress is installed and we're in the admin area.

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    If you followed along with this video and successfully installed WordPress

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    using the 1-click install process, congratulations.

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    If you've watched the video but your hosting company doesn't offer

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    a 1-click install process for WordPress, don't worry.

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    In the next video, we'll go over how to manually install WordPress.

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    Even if you have installed WordPress using the 1-click install process,

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    you still need to familiarize yourself with the manual install process

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    because one day you may work with a hosting company who does not offer 1-click install.

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  • Zac Gordon

    Zac is the WordPress teacher at Treehouse. He has an extensive background in web design and WordPress education, having taught and help run college and high school web programs. You can often find him attending and speaking at local WordCamp meetups.