5. Install WordPress
Have you ordered your hosting package?
Excellent! Then it’s time to install WordPress.
Thanks to the 1-click installation, you should only need about 10 minutes.
It can take up to a day for your domain’s DNS settings (which tell a browser where to find a domain’s contents) to be propagated globally.
This means that immediately after ordering, your domain is often not yet accessible via the browser and displays the error “Website not available”.
This is completely normal and no reason to panic. As long as this is the case, however, you cannot completely set up WordPress (steps 1 and 2 are possible, but not all steps after that). Just wait a bit and try again in a few hours.
Step #1: Open webgo webspace admin
First you call up the webgo webspace admin of your hosting package. There you can make all technical settings.
To do this, click on the orange webgo webspace admin button next to your contract on the home page of the webgo customer portal:
Step #2: Start 1-click installation
To start with the 1-click installation, go to Package Management > 1Click Install in the webgo webspace admin.
There you click on the small pen in the column “to install” in the WordPress line:
Step #3: Configure 1-click installation
After you have clicked on the small pen, you have to enter various data for the 1-click installation:
The following list provides an overview of what each field means and what you need to fill in:
- Domain: Select your domain from the list here (it is best to use the variant without www.)
- Path to target directory: Can stay like this (just in case you’ve done a 1-click install before, you should choose a different folder)
- Redirect domain to installation directory: There has to be a tick here, otherwise your domain will not forward to the WordPress installation
- Blog title: Set a title for your blog here (can be changed later, if you’re not sure just put something like “My Blog”)
- E-mail address: the email address of the WordPress administrator. This is important for password creation, so please check it again for correctness!
- WordPress password: Here you set a password for the WordPress administrator. The field is already pre-filled with a secure password, but you can also set your own.
- WordPress users: Here you set a username for the WordPress administrator. Please don’t use “admin”, be a little more creative, that will better protect you from hacks.
- Password: Here you enter a password for the database (note: this is not the password for the WordPress login!). It is best to click on generate, then on show and save the password in a text file or a notes app
Tip: At the same time, open a text editor or the notes app of your choice to save all access data to your WordPress installation. I have the data you should save in your document red highlighted.
Then click on install at the end.
Now you have to wait about 1 minute for WordPress to be installed. At the end the following screen appears:
In any case, please write down the displayed access data and the login URL (in the pink boxes).
Because you need them in the next step:
Step #4: Log into WordPress
Then log into WordPress with the access data that was displayed to you during the installation process:
To do this, enter one of the following URLs into the browser (they all lead to the same destination):
http://deinedomain.de/wp-admin http://deinedomain.de/wp-login.php http://deinedomain.de/wp-login (funktioniert nicht immer)
Of course you have to replace the placeholder yourdomain.de with your domain.
Step #5: Switch New WordPress Website to HTTPS
In the last step, you convert your WordPress website to HTTPS, which is important for data protection and performance reasons.
To do this, you first create an SSL certificate in the webgo webspace admin. To do this, click on Package Management > SSL and then on the green Create SSL button:
You then have to configure the SSL certificate.
But that’s easier than it sounds. You must first select your domain (without www.), second make sure that all three ticks are ticked and third enter your email address. You can leave all other fields empty.
Then scroll down and click on the green button CREATE.
Now the SSL certificate will be created, which may take a few minutes.
All you have to do now is tell WordPress to fetch your website over HTTPS and not HTTP anymore. This is (meanwhile) also possible with just one click.
To do this, in the WordPress admin, go to Tools > Site Health and then click the toggle titled Your site is not using HTTPS.
There you click on the blue button Update your website to use HTTPS:
Now there is only one step left to complete the installation:
Step #6: Update WordPress
As a rule, webgo already provides the latest version of WordPress for the 1Click Install.
However, it is always possible that an update for WordPress has recently been released and the installed version is no longer up-to-date.
In this case, you will see a small yellow notice throughout the WordPress dashboard asking you to update:
To update, click the Please update now link in the notification.
On the following page, click on the upper blue button Update now (please do not click on the lower one, otherwise you will install the English-language version):
What can I do if something didn’t work during installation?
In case something didn’t work with the 1-click installation, you can try again (but you should delete the created WordPress folder and the database of the old installation).
On the other hand, you can also install WordPress manually. This is a bit more tedious, but also feasible for beginners without an affinity for technology.
Instructions in which I explain all the steps in a simple and understandable way can be found here: Installing WordPress: The idiot-proof instructions (including troubleshooting!)
At the end of the linked instructions you will also find a troubleshooting section with common problems and their solutions. So nothing can go wrong!