Installing WordPress using Fantastico

Select the Fantastico Icon

Step One:

In this Tutorial I am going to Install WordPress into my website using Fantastico.To begin, you must first login into your cpanel. This can be done by typing in your browser http://cpanel.yourdomain.com, or http://yourdomain.com/cpanel. You will then be asked for a username and password, which you chose when setting up your account. Once you are logged into cpanel, scroll about three-fourths of the way down the page and find the Fantastico De Luxe icon; which is the light blue, circular smiley face, in the middle far right of this screen-shot.

Once you’ve clicked on the Fantastico icon, the main Fantastico page will come up. At this point, Fantastico gives you the option to automatically install any of the scripts on the left-hand side of the page. For the sake of this tutorial, we will select WordPress from the Blogs category. Once you’ve selected WordPress, since this is our first time installing WordPress, click on the New Installation icon in the middle of the page.

Select the WordPress bubble to begin installation

Click on New Installation

Step Two:

Now, the first page of the actual installation process of WordPress should come up. It will ask you which domain you would like to install your WordPress onto, in this case bestreda.com, and in which directory. If you would like to install WordPress into the root directory, leave the directory name blank.  You do not need to create a new directory if you are not putting it in the root directory. Fantastico will create the directory for you once you’ve given it a name. For example, the directory wordpress, which is where I would like WordPress to be installed in, will be created once I have finished this step.

Proceed to fill out you blog's correct information

You will also be asked for an administrator username and password, you must create this so that you can take the roll of administrator for your blog. Lastly a nickname of your choice, your email address, the site name, which may already be there, and a short description of your blog. Once you have completed these steps, you may proceed to click on the Install WordPress box.

Check to make sure the information is correct

Step Three:

Once you have clicked Install WordPress, you should see a screen that informs you on what database WordPress was installed in. Fantastico automatically creates an available database for you to make your installation process that much more simple. In our case, the database created is called bestreda_wrdp2. This step also summarizes your installation by telling you the directory in which WordPress was saved into, on which domain, and the URL in which to reach your blog. When you have finished reading this information you may click Finish Installation.

Now the last and final installation screen will come up. It will confirm with you your administrator username and password. It will also tell you the full URL address to reach the admin section. At the bottom of the page you can also put an email address where you would like to have the details of your installation sent to. Congratulations! You have now installed your first WordPress blog.

One last check. Provide the email you would like your details sent to

To access in go to http://yourdomain.com/”directory you chose”, mine would be http://bestreda.com/wordpress, once there, scroll towards the bottom on the page and click on the ‘Log in’ link to administer your page.

The Final Product

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7 Comments on Installing WordPress using Fantastico

  1. Ron says:

    My wife is interested in starting a blog. We have an Arvixe Personal plan, and we have several domain slots available. Can WordPress be set up on a purchased domain that we would buy to add to our account? I see that Arvixe has blog hosting accounts, so we were wondering if she would need to open an account as such, or whether she could do this setup on our existing account (after we decide on a domain name that is available and purchase it). If so, is there any advantage to a sepatate account, or are both ways equal in functionality?

    Thanks,
    Ron

  2. Ron says:

    After further investigation, I believe that I found the answer. When I clicked on the “Learn More” link (like I should have done in the first place), it took me to the “Personal Class” page. So, I assume that our account will suffice for the blog setup. My only question would then be; can the account be setup for a combination of regular domain sites and blog sites? I’m still learning, so I’m sorry if the answer seems obvious to most.

    Thanks,
    Ron

  3. Ron,

    You could use your PersonalClass account for up to 6 domains. Each domain can have whatever you want on it. The content of each extra domain would be in a subdirectory of the main domain and you can setup the domain to link to each directory. After doing so, you would go through Fantastico and install WordPress inside that directory.

    While some users choose the method above, others choose to setup completely separate hosting accounts for each project. With that, they don’t have to deal with addon/parked domains and can develop each site independently from that of another. The site would also be easier to hand off to another person if it was on its own account.

    Do contact support if you need further assistance with linking more than one domain to PersonalClass.

  4. Ron says:

    Arvand,

    Thanks! This is still in the “maybe” stage, but we wanted to see how to handle it. Thanks for the quick response – as usual. We’ll see where it goes from here.

    Thanks again,
    Ron

  5. Ron Floyd says:

    Arvand,

    Thanks for the help and advice. I installed WordPress on my laptop, and have been learning all I can during the past couple of months. I have been working on a future (possible) blog site of my own. At this point, on my local WP install, I have downloaded a theme that was similar to what I wanted, modified it to suit my preferences, written a few posts, and learned (through a lot of mistakes) the settings that I will want to set before I actually start posting (such as permalink settings, etc.). I have a lot to learn yet, but I feel fairly comfortable with WP at this point.

    I have taken your advice into consideration – about opening a separate, second PersonalClass account for my blog. I have not decided completely on doing that, but I am leaning that way. I have just a few more questions, if you don’t mind.

    1. If I do so, will it be any problem to move the domain (currentaffairsblog.com) from my current account to the new account?

    2. If my wife does decide to start her blog, would you recommend the same setup (opening a third account) or would you recommend just making hers as a subdomain on the second account?

    3. If we would just add hers to the second account, I realize that we would have to do another WordPress install there also. Do you have any experience with WordPress MU? Would we be better off starting with MU on the primary domain on the second account in order to plan for (possible) future blog sites? Or, would that be a bit much for me to tackle with only a couple of months of WordPress under my belt at this time? I don’t remember seeing an MU option on Fantastico, so I assume that I would have to set it up manually. Again, would that be too complicated for a user with as little experience as I have at this time, in your opinion?

    4. My wife has a question also. She set up an affiliate account with Arvixe a few months ago (she does much more social networking and emailing than I do). If we do open a second account, she asked whether there would be any benefit to her if I used her account link to open the new hosting account. I assume that there would be no benefit for a current host account holder, or the family of an affiliate account holder, but she asked that I at least check on it before we opened the new account. So, I have asked. :-)

    Thanks for all of your help – I hope I am not being a nuisance here,

    Ron

  6. Since this is becoming somewhat long winded and taking the main point of this topic away from what it represents. I’m going to take your questions, create a ticket for you and then respond to them in that ticket.

  7. Ron Floyd says:

    Arvand,

    Thanks! I didn’t mean to get off-topic. Still learning the ropes here.

    Ron

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