WordPress Tutorial Series
Learn WordPress in a minute?! To be exact, it’s 1-minute at a time. All the WordPress tutorial videos here are less than or around 1-minute. Yes, very byte-sized videos and extremely straight-to-the-point.
Unlike traditional screen-capture how-to videos which are overly long and stuffed with unnecessary narration, the tutorial videos here follow the 4S principle – short, simple, step-by-step and straight-to-the-point.
So, if you are ready to learn WordPress at the shortest possible time ever, let’s start …
Follow the steps outlined in the above video to prepare your WordPress folder for FTP/upload. I’ll cover the most common method to install WordPress – that is via cPanel hosting.
Though using “one-click” software installer ie. Softaculous is the easiest way which you can install and get WordPress up-and-running within a minute, I will, however, cover the manual way here.
Key advantage of going through the “famous 5-minute WordPress install” is that you will be creating the MySQL database manually, and thus, able to determine the database/user names which you can, at later stage ie. when you’re trying to sell/flip the site, identify which database is for which WordPress install; there could be dozens of WordPress or addon domains then.
P.S. I’ll also cover how to install WordPress via Softaculous later.
You’ll need a FTP client to upload files to your web server. The one I’m recommending here is FireFTP which is a Firefox add-on/extension which you can use to connect to your cPanel hosting account to upload the entire WordPress folder to the ie. root folder or /public_html.
Other free/open-source FTP clients you can try are Filezilla or CuteFTP. I was using Filezilla previously but, frankly, was annoyed by its frequent updates (it’s a good thing; meaning they are patching up bugs etc.) but the frequency of updates is … like I said, annoying.
MySQL Create Database
This video shows you how to create a new database (and user) using MySQL Database in your cPanel. Good practice here is to create individual new MySQL database for each new WordPress and allowing the database’s User to have “All Privileges” on the respective Database.
Then, proceed to complete setup WordPress. Key tips here is NOT to use admin as the Admin Username; “admin” and “user” are the most common usernames many will use when they setup their WordPress – why make it so easy for anyone to guess. Also, always use Strong password.
Subsequently, I’ll also cover how you can make your WordPress more secured and robust.
Install WordPress via cPanel Software Installer
(Recommended method if you’re new to WordPress/hosting)
Installing WordPress via cPanel software installer like Softaculous is the most common way you will use to install WordPress. This will be the recommended way, especially if you’re new to WordPress.
All you need to do is to choose WordPress installation, select the domain name, fill in a simple form (username, email etc.) and click Install. In less than 20-second, your new WordPress will be up and running.
Install WordPress with MAMP
Check out my post on how to Install WordPress with XAMPP.
If you’d wanted to learn WordPress without spending a dime in acquiring a domain name and hosting, yes you can! You’ll need software like XAMPP or MAMP to convert your laptop or computer into a local web server (with Apache web server and MySQL database server) to practice WordPress.