Installing Wordpress

Once you've signed up at Reclaim Hosting and have an account, you'll want an application running on your space in order to publish a site in the space that you now own. WordPress is one of the most popular publishing platforms on the web, an open-source publishing platform that can be used for setting up a blog or website easily. It's probably the best publishing platform for you to begin your work on Domain with, though eventually you might want to experiment with other applications too.

Setting up a WordPress install on your own domain can be done by following these simple steps:

Log In & Installatron

To get started you'll need to login to your control panel by going to the Emory Domains homepage and clicking Login.

Once logged in you'll be at the homepage of your control panel, which should look something like this:

The easiest at the start of finding the application is using the search bar at the top-right of the page, so search for Wordpress. (Alternatively, you can scroll down the page to find “Web Applications” and then “view more” to find Wordpress.)

Click on the Wordpress icon to go to the Installatron page. Click on the “Install this application” button:

Configure installation

In the next page, you can configure the installation. Most of these settings can be left at the default, but let's walk through them quickly.

For this initial installation, you want Wordpress to go into your root domain, so it should look like this (but with your domain listed there instead of mine):

You should not need to change anything under the version section–you'll want the latest version of Wordpress and you probably want your updates of the software to be automated. You can change these settings if you are an advanced user and have a preference, but assuming you don't it will look like this:

Configure installation: Settings

You'll definitely want to make some changes to the next section, settings:

Installatron will create a randomized Username, which is the name you will use to log in to your Wordpress dashboard (when you aren't using Clef–see below). It's not necessarily the way your name will appear once you are using the site, only how you log in, but you cannot change it in the future. Choose a user name that you will remember.

Installatron will also provide a random password by default. You should probably replace it with your own password that you will be able to remember. You can change your password later, but you'll need to know it to log in the first time. You can also change the website title and tagline, if you'd like, but don't fret too much about these as you can easily change them later on once you're setting up your Wordpress site.

Just underneath the title and tagline boxes is a section that recommends that you use two-factor authentication with Clef. If you have a smartphone, you can download and install the Clef application for free and then use the camera on your smartphone to login to your site without ever needing to remember a username and password. It's extremely easy to use and if you aren't practicing good password security than Clef is far more secure than your password.

Here's a video introduction to Clef:

If you want to use your traditional password system, then click the radio button that says “Do not enable two-factor authentication.”

Choose an Associated Course or Project

The last of these settings that you need to change are those two final pull-down menus. If you are installing this site to use it for a class, then choose the course from the pull-down menu and then also indicate whether you are a student, faculty, or a staff member. This information will primarily be used to classify your class in the community pages. When you identify your site as part of a course, it is tagged in our system and then your instructor, classmates, and others in the Domain community will be able to check out your work.

Configure installation: Advanced

You should not need to change anything in the Advanced section, so once you've gotten to this point, and once you have once again double-checked that you know the username and password from the Settings above, scroll down and click on the install button:

A little scrolly button will pop-up briefly letting you know that it's processing the request then it will bounce you to a page showing the progress of the upload. Once it's completed, you get a little thumbnail screenshot of your new site and a few important URLs:

The first address is the URL for your new domain. That's where you or anyone else can go to see the published version of your site.

The second address is the URL you'll need to log in to your Wordpress dashboard. Click on it and it should bring you to your Wordpress dashboard (sometimes you need to log in with the name and password you provided during installation, but sometimes it just automatically logs you in). You might want to go ahead and bookmark the URL for your dashboard, because that's where you will need to go in the future to publish work to your site. The dashboard is the URL for your domain with “/wp-admin” added onto the end (e.g., “janestudent.com/wp-admin” will bring Jane to the login page for her dashboard.)

Your dashboard should look like this:

Next steps

That's it! You've successfully installed Wordpress and you're done working inside the cPanel for now. Yay!

There are lots of other things that you can do with your cPanel later on, if you wish, including installing lots and lots of other applications or even setting up and hosting your own email system through your site. Then you could have email addresses like “me@janestudent.net” instead of running your email through Google or your university account.

But your next step is probably to configure Wordpress now that you've got it installed.