How to Get Started With WordPress

WordPress, the free and open-source blogging tool and content management system, is one of the more popular platforms that many Liquid Web customers utilize for their blogs or websites. At Liquid Web, we offer WordPress Hosting plans with unparalleled speed, reliability and security. Our specialized, highly-trained technicians are experienced in WordPress and are always available help you setup your account and optimize it to fit your needs. We also provide one-click WordPress installs that makes setting up your account easy, but feel free to use the below step-by-step guide. Of course, our Heroic Support® team is available 24/7/365 to help you get started with WordPress!

Check out our other blog posts to learn more about our recommended WordPress security plugins, our top four WordPress security tips, and our top WordPress ecommerce plugins.

Installing WordPress

Follow our step-by-step guide for installing WordPress in cPanel / WHM with Softaculous. You can also use Fantastico to complete the install; the process will largely be the same.

How to setup and install WordPress

After installation, it might help to learn about our Heroic Support® recommended WordPress plugins. Of course, the beauty of the WordPress platform is the variety of ways in which you can personalize your website. With your account setup, you can begin to customize your website with one of the free WordPress themes.

Finding & Installing WordPress Themes

WordPress themes are a group of files that work together to define and build what your site will look like. These are the files that personalize your site! You can find free themes that have been checked and inspected for accuracy at the WordPress Theme Directory, or in the “Themes” section of your WordPress account. To add a new theme to your website using cPanel, follow these simple steps:

  • Login to your WordPress Admin account.
  • In the Appearance Panel, select Themes.
  • Select “Install Themes” in the menu on the top of the screen, where you can search or browse the featured or newest themes.
  • Once you’ve chosen your theme, click the “Install” link under the theme title.
  • After the theme installs, go back to “Manage Themes” and find your theme under “Available Themes” section. Click on the Theme title or screenshot you wish to activate.
  • A preview will be shown, to activate click the “Activate ‘Theme Name’” link in the top right.
    • Note: If the Theme preview is blank, do not activate the new Theme without investigating further. Your site may not be displayed correctly, otherwise.

Install Themes in WordPress

At the end of the day, no matter what platform is used, our customers’ happiness is the most important thing. One customer, the owner of a popular blog at Dooce.com, recently upgraded to WordPress and noted how helpful the technicians at Liquid Web were during her switch.

“I have been a customer of Liquid Web for 10 years,” explained Heather Armstrong of Dooce.com. “I recently switched to WordPress and the techs at Liquid Web made the transition incredibly easy. Now updates are easier, I have access to more features, and it has a lot more flexibility than other content management systems. Of the several systems I’ve used over the years, WordPress has been the best by far and I am grateful that Liquid Web helped make the upgrade so painless.”

The success Armstrong’s blog necessitates not only a reliable web host, but also a team of technicians on hand ready to provide support no matter the time of day. Our fully-managed 24/7/365 Heroic Support®, 24×7 Proactive Monitoring, full hardware and software management, and access to a number of security advantages are what sets our WordPress Hosting Plans apart. No matter the question, we’ll be here to help simplify the process and customize a plan for your needs.

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