As I mentioned in my previous blog – 10 Essential Steps to Setting Up Your WordPress Website – there are some key steps that you need to take to ensure that your WordPress website is set up correctly from the start.

This is also applies to when you are installing WordPress for the first time on to a domain.  There are some essential actions that you need to take during the set up process so you can be confident that you have installed WordPress correctly and helped to protect it against hackers.

First of all, log in to the control panel of your web host and select the option to install WordPress.

Now here are 5 things that you need to do when installing WordPress on to your domain.

First of all check that you’re installing WordPress on to the correct domain.  This is essential if you have several domains on your web hosting account.  Remember that the WordPress installation will replace existing content that you have currently got on that domain – so be careful!

Don’t put anything in the “In Directory” box unless you want to install WordPress on to a sub-folder of the main domain.  For example, say the domain of your website is www.mycompany.com and you decide to create a sub-folder on that domain called “resources” and install WordPress on to that specific folder.  You would therefore put “resources” in to the “In Directory” box and the WordPress website would appear when people typed in “www.mycompany.com/resources” in to their web browser. But you would not be able to see the WordPress website when you typed www.mycompany.com in to the browser.

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The next thing that you need to do is to ensure that the admin username is not admin!  Usually the installation process will automatically give you a string of characters and numbers for the username.  This helps to protect your WordPress installation against hackers.  As “admin” is the default username for many WordPress installations, hackers will use this username when trying to access your WordPress installation.

As part of the installation process, you will see that there is an option to install the Limit Login Attempts plugin.  It’s a good idea to do this as the plugin protects your WordPress installation from hackers who attack sites by trying to log in to them multiple times. Once  you have logged in to your WordPress dashboard, you can go to the plugin settings and set the number of times that a login can be attempted before the person is locked out within a specific time period, eg 10 minutes.

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Before you finally hit the Install button, don’t forget to add your email address in the box underneath.  By doing this, you will have all the installation instructions sent to you via email, including the URL to log in to your WordPress dashboard, your username and password, plus the database name and user prefix.  Obviously keep these in a safe place so no one else can access them.

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So now you know the 5 things to do when installing WordPress on to your domain. Let us know if you have any questions or feedback on installing WordPress by leaving a comment below.

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